ETSU mascot's beard beats the rest

Johnson City Press • Sep 7, 2017 at 10:13 AM

It’s still early in the season, but the Bucs have already taken top honors in an important college football contest.

NCAA.com ranked Bucky, East Tennessee State University’s beloved mascot, as numero uno on its Best Mascot Facial Hair top five list.

Bucky beat out UNLV’s Hey Reb!, whose impressive, wooly ‘stache reaches the brim of his cap, and Northern Arizona’s Louie the Lumberjack, whom sources say sleeps all night and works all day (but that’s OK.)

Bucky got a facelift in 2015, as the school worked to reintroduce its football program, and now sports a fine, black beard, a full buccaneer’s coat and hat and wraps himself in a blue-and-gold tartan, denoting his Scottish heritage.

If there’s one thing NCAA.com’s list proves, it’s that when the going gets hairy, the Bucs come out on top.

See the full list below: 

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