NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eddie the Cougar is now an Ohio Valley Conference champion.
Fans, students, faculty, and alumni of #SIUENation helped Eddie the Cougar gather 3,440 votes in the 2014 OVC Mascot Challenge. Eddie received 31 percent of the 11,000 votes casted. The results were announced Friday at the OVC Men's and Women's Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.
Delta Dental of Tennessee sponsored the contest which featured all 12 OVC Mascots: Austin Peay - The Governor, Belmont - Bruiser the Bruin, Eastern Illinois - Billy the Panther, Eastern Kentucky - The Colonel, Jacksonville State - Cocky, Morehead State - Beaker, Murray State - Dunker, Southeast Missouri - Rowdy, SIUE - Eddie the Cougar, Tennessee State - Aristocat, Tennessee Tech - Awesome Eagle, UT Martin - Captain.
"We congratulate SIUE's Eddie the Cougar and his fans across the country. The OVC Mascot Challenge has proven to be a fierce competition with Eddie the Cougar garnering almost 31 percent of the total votes this year," said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner.
Eddie the Cougar earns "bragging rights" for the year, and SIUE will be awarded $1,000 for its general scholarship fund.
"Delta Dental of Tennessee understands the power and pride of mascots. Our mascot, Marshall Molar, teaches kids across the state the importance of good oral health. We are proud to support OVC schools and believe the OVC Mascot Challenge is a fun way to promote healthy competition between the 12 schools," said Phil Wenk, D.D.S., president and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee.
1Delta Dental of Tennessee, with its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio is among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2012, the collective enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental treatment for nearly 11 million enrollees.