BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A petition is attempting to get rid of one of college football’s most iconic mascots.The petition, which was started by Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members, has 35,000-plus signatures.The group is calling for LSU to get rid of its live tiger mascot. The Tigers have had multiple “Mike the Tigers” over the years.“We believe that animals shouldn’t be used as entertainment, they aren’t here for our amusement,” said Rebecca Gerber of Care2.From The Advocate:Though LSU has spent millions improving the mascot’s enclosure, Gerber said Wednesday the point is that having a wild animal on campus as a tourist attraction makes it easier for people to accept killing animals for consumer trifles, which is the most likely end for tigers bred in captivity.“They should be in the wild and respected,” she said. “Even treated very kindly, it’s easier to see them as here entertainment, disposable props for football … We’re trying to stop that message completely.”This isn’t Care2’s first stab at petitioning LSU on behalf of Mike VII. Soon after Mike VI died of cancer, the group gathered 142,000 signatures asking LSU not to replace him with a new tiger. In comparison, the petition asking to create the City of St. George had about 13,000 signatures in June.LSU never responded.LSU has reportedly responded with the following statement:“The university does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers. By providing a home for a tiger that needs one, LSU hopes to raise awareness about the problem of irresponsible breeding and the plight of tigers kept illegally and/or inappropriately in captivity in the U.S.”Happy second birthday to our favorite tiger in the world – @MikeTheTiger! ?? pic.twitter.com/ZVKSR4GNtj— LSU (@LSU) September 13, 2018You can view the full report here.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Now that Urban Meyer is retired from coaching, he’s enjoying his time as an analyst for FOX Sports. On Thursday, the former Ohio State coach went on the Big Ten Network to talk about the state of the conference.During his discussion on the Big Ten, Meyer had an interesting player comparison for Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.Meyer believes that Taylor is similar to Ezekiel Elliott, who just received a $90 million extension from the Dallas Cowboys.Taylor shined in his season debut with 183 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns. He’ll be in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy if he continues this type of production. In addition to comparing Taylor to Elliott, Meyer also believes the Wisconsin star is the best tailback in the Big Ten.“I think he’s got some Zeke in him. He’s a big, strong running back. I know Reggie Bush, who spent some time in him, loves him. I coached against him and I think he’s one of the best – if not the best – running backs in the league.”You can hear Meyer talk about Taylor here:”(Jonathan Taylor’s) got some Zeke in him.”– @CoachUrbanMeyer compared the @BadgerFootball star RB to his former backfield standout at Ohio State, Ezekiel Elliott: pic.twitter.com/P6rURHIPmN— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 5, 2019That’s high praise for Taylor.It’s pretty clear that Taylor is a special player, totaling over 4,300 scrimmage yards in his first two years at Wisconsin.Being compared to the highest-paid running back in the NFL has to be a great feeling, and it holds even more weight since it’s coming from Meyer.