The 2013 college football season has seen its fair of players go down with season-ending injuries, but one of the basic assumptions made by the football-viewing public is that the team mascots, at least, are safe from the carnage that takes place on the gridiron.
That was not the case in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's Egg Bowl win by Mississippi State against Ole Miss, when the student acting in the capacity of the Bulldogs' "Bully" mascot was clipped by an ESPN TV cart. Mississippi State said on Friday morning that the student suffered a compound fracture and had surgery on Thursday night to repair the injury.
Medical personnel applying air cast to Miss. State mascot. (Female Bully) pic.twitter.com/4kcIPayQ67— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 29, 2013
state's mascot was just run over by the ESPN golf cart... pic.twitter.com/0NmjbzYHRT— Luke Shemwell (@Lucipher_Shem) November 29, 2013
Bully mascots are paid up to $1,000 per semester for their efforts, but after last night, that sum may need to be increased to include hazard pay.
Keep Michaela Mills in your prayers. She's the MSU student in the Bully costume who broke her leg last night. Get well soon. #HailState— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) November 29, 2013