Stetson's men's basketball program hasn’t been relevant in a long time. The last time the Hatters made it to the NCAA tournament was 1971.
Just last year, the school decided to go a different direction for their mascot.
West Volusia Beacon’s Jen Horton said that the central Florida school retired their Mad Hatter mascot. She quoted Ricky Hazel, assistant director of communications in the athletic department, who said, "The mascot we had was not very kid-friendly. In fact, it was kind of scary looking."
The Stetson University Today described the previous Mad Hatter this way: "The last version, a Mad Hatter with a crazy “Doc Brown” hair-style and giant teeth, was rumored to have scared children, and stopped making public appearances 10 years ago."
Enter John B, the Stetson’s new mascot.
While he may be a mascot families can love, does he get the fans excited and motivated for some intense hoops action? It’s my guess that John B will not get ‘em going in central Florida.
At least, it looks like John B is popular with the co-eds.