NCAA Miami: Big Bad Lumberjack
Most college basketball mascots are a bit silly looking and meant to entertain the crowd – that theory doesn’t exactly apply to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack mascot.
First off, it’s not a person inside of a costume. Posing as the mascot is Stephen F. Austin junior Steven Straines. HE IS HUGE, we're talking majorly ripped! His costume consists of jeans, a plaid shirt with the sleeves torn off, suspenders over the shirt and he carries a huge axe painted in team colors. (In true lumberjack style, Straines actually built his axe from stratch.)
At one point, both mascots were on the court at the same time and the Lumberjack towered over the Syracuse orange. There was even some speculation on press row about if Straines also played football (like defensive end!).
Straines, who grew up in Australia, has a sports background in rugby and boxing. He got the job two seasons ago after the previous Lumberjack was fired for showing up drunk to games. The health science and nutrition major actually gets a partial scholarship for being the school’s mascot during football and basketball seasons.