A new school in Utah looking for a team name and mascot won't be getting the "cougar," in part because of parents' complaints about the word's "negative double entendre."
Corner Canyon High School polled students in Draper on what the team name should be for the school's opening in 2013, and 23 percent voted for Cougars, reported Fox 13, KSTU-TV. Other potential mascots included Diamondbacks, Raptors, and Falcons.
"However, since the last Board meeting, we have received numerous e-mail messages and phone calls from parents and patrons in Draper asking us to reconsider the inclusion of 'Cougars' as a mascot option," David S. Doty, the superintendent of Canyons School District, wrote in a memo to the Board of Education on Tuesday.
"Opposition to the 'Cougars' focuses on a concern that the mascot, combined with the school’s blue/white/silver color scheme, will be too similar to Brigham Young University. Many also have commented on the negative double entendre of the word 'cougar,'" he continued.
The Board then voted unanimously to select the Chargers as the mascot, noting no other high school in the state had it as one.
"Board members noted the alliteration of Corner Canyon Chargers, and that a Charger, a war horse, was selected because it is a prominent animal in Draper and an image of strength that could unify the community," according to a Board of Education summary.
The mascot for Brigham Young University is a cougar, as well as for some high schools in Utah.
"To me, a mascot is usually an animal -- I mean, I don't know how to even respond to that," Kearns High School football coach and athletic director Bill Cosper told The Salt Lake Tribune. "In all my years here, or in all of sports, that's never been brought up."
The term "cougar" -- or an older woman who dates younger men -- gained notoriety with the television show, "Cougar Town," starring Courteney Cox.
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