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Penn State could be a lion short for Rose Bowl

December 1, 2008 |  3:28 pm

Penn State Nittany Lions mascot James Sheep

Penn State has a Sheep in lion's clothing.

But James Sheep might not be available for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game because the Nittany Lion mascot is facing a DUI charge.

The Daily Collegian reports that Sheep, a senior who serves as the Penn State mascot, was arrested after campus police ordered him out of his car at 3:15 a.m. on Nov. 22.

Later that day, Penn State guaranteed itself a Rose Bowl berth with a victory over Michigan State. Sheep was honored during his last home game for wearing the mascot costume at games since the 2007 season.

A Penn State official told the school newspaper that the cheerleading coaching staff will determine whether Sheep will serve as mascot for the Rose Bowl game.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: Penn State Nittany Lions mascot James Sheep is carried around after a touchdown during the Nov. 22 game against Michigan State. Credit: Rich Kane / US Presswire.