Mascot Bracket: Chief Osceola and Renegade versus Lil’ Red
Osceola and Renegade are the official mascots of the Florida State University Seminoles. Osceola, representing the historical Seminole leader Osceola, and his Appaloosa horse Renegade introduce home football games by riding to midfield with a burning spear and planting it in the turf. Osceola and Renegade debuted in 1978, and are the most recent of several mascots used by the school. FSU has tried to ensure a dignified depiction of Osceola. The portrayal is supported by leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, but it remains controversial in some quarters. Florida State’s Osceola tradition is overseen by Allen Durham, whose father, Bill Durham, introduced it in 1978. Osceola wears a Native American-themed costume that the university says was “designed and approved by the Seminole Tribe of Florida,” consisting of leather clothing, moccasins, face paint, and a garnet bandana. He carries a feathered spear and is accompanied by Renegade, an appaloosa horse whom he rides bareback. Osceola performs at all home football games at Doak Campbell Stadium and related events like Homecoming. He initiates each game by charging Renegade to midfield and hurling a flaming spear into the ground.
Lil’ RedDD is one of two mascots at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s athletics teams. Lil’ Red is the newest mascot, having been created for the 1993 season after a state wide contest run for that purpose. Associate athletic director Dr. Barbara Hibner was the driving force behind Lil’ Red. He can be seen on the sideline of a Nebraska football game at Memorial Stadium, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center during basketball games and at volleyball games. The mascot is currently produced by Signs and Shapes International, Inc. based in Omaha, Nebraska. The wearer of the costume wears a “PowerBelt,” a belt with an air circulation system, which brings in over 100 cubic feet (2.8 m3) of fresh outside air per minute. This is enough fresh air to accommodate roughly 1,000 people. Due to the mascot’s incredibly light weight, the larger-than-life mascot can run, dance, crowd surf and shake hands. Since its installment, Lil’ Red has won two major awards. The first was the national championship at the NCAA National Mascot Competition in 1999. The second one was an induction into the 2007 Mascot Hall of Fame, which selected its winners by an online vote.