Penn State: Mascot dismissed for rule violation

The Penn State Nittany Lion mascot is body passed up the student section at Beaver Stadium during the second half of their football game against Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

November 2, 2010 1:39:30 PM PDT
Penn State says the man behind the mascot, who was cited for underage drinking last summer, has been dismissed for violation of a team rule.

Penn State assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson says cheerleading coach Curtis White is confirming the dismissal of mascot Clint Gyory. Nelson declined further comment Tuesday. Gyory did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Officials said earlier that police in State College, Pa., had issued underage drinking, public drunkenness and criminal mischief citations to Gyory on Aug. 1. White said in a statement at the time that Gyory regretted his actions, but would be suspended for the month of September. The department said someone else would wear the costume at games and other events.

Another student who played the mascot was suspended for the 2009 Rose Bowl against Southern California after a DUI charge.