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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
William & Mary adopts griffin

Associated Press

The College of William & Mary has selected a griffin as its new mascot.

The selection of the mythical monster with the body of a lion and the head, wings and claws of an eagle was announced Tuesday by school president Taylor Reveley at an event on the Williamsburg, Va., campus.

The griffin emerged the winner among four other finalists: a pug, a phoenix, a wren and royalty, represented by a king and a queen.

William & Mary began searching for a mascot after the NCAA ruled that the university's green and gold feather logo could be offensive to Native Americans.

William & Mary for decades was known as the Indians. The school changed its nickname to the Tribe in the 1980s.