Originally created 12/31/01

Owl mascot ejected from game



PHILADELPHIA -- Temple's mascot, Hooter the Owl, was ejected late in the game Sunday after going on the court and gesturing at the referee following a technical foul.

The ejection came with 3:12 left in the Owls' 68-62 loss to Penn.

The man in the costume went on the court just after Temple coach John Chaney received a technical for arguing with official John Hughes.

The mascot approached Hughes at the foul line and made a gesture. He was given a technical and ejected.

The student in the costume, who would not give his name, had no comment. Temple officials would not release the man's name.

Penn's Jeff Schiffner made three of the four technical free throws, giving the Quakers a 61-52 lead.

"I can't believe that's ever happened before. ... Usually our mascot is soft," Chaney said.