The ACC Tournament is going on right now in Greensboro, N.C. with the all the schools having their mascots there as well. Syracuse University has given itself a self-imposed postseason ban and isn’t at the tournament and that ban must mean the school’s mascot is included. The conference held their annual mascot game at halftime of the North Carolina-Louisville game and nowhere in sight was Otto the Orange.
The other 14 mascots were on the court but no Otto. Maybe because there are 15 mascots, Otto wasn’t invited because it would have been an uneven number but Otto still should have been there for the game in one form or another. The Orange themselves aren’t at the tournament but at least give Otto the chance to play.
Syracuse has banned itself from the postseason this year because of various violations that happened in the program. It almost feels like a slap in the face that Otto didn’t get his chance to be on the court. Maybe one of the violations was to juice Otto and that’s why he wasn’t there. Hopefully next year, he will get his chance to be on the court to play in the game.