It was a warm, spring morning in New Orleans. I was laying in my den in the Sports Complex when I opened up the The Maroon, Loyola’s campus newspaper. I was stunned at the headline: N.C. State University is fighting Loyola over mascot rights.
I was outraged! I wanted Loyola to trademark “North Carolina” and send its own letter to NC State! I immediately ran downstairs into the athletic director’s office to voice my concern, but Coach Giorlando reassured me that everything would be just fine. He also issued this statement to the Wolfpack nation:
“We are working toward a mutually agreeable resolution with North Carolina State University regarding the use of the name, Wolfpack. However, I want to assure the entire Loyola community that we are not in jeopardy of losing the use of the Loyola Wolfpack name and our marks. The Loyola Wolfpack has been part of the athletic history and culture at Loyola University New Orleans for more than 85 years. It is who we are.”
These North Carolina State bullies ganged up on a fellow wolf mascot, Alphie from University of Nevada, back in 2008. I never imagined they would come after me! But fret not Loyola community; your favorite wolf is here to stay!