Cute puppy to be Yale’s next Handsome Dan

The Yale University Athletics Department Thursday announced the arrival of its new mascot, Handsome Dan XVIII (Photo: Yale University Athletics)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — After a nationwide search, Yale University has found its new Handsome Dan mascot.

Handsome Dan XVIII was born on September 23 in Maine, the school says. His predecessor, Handsome Dan XVII, died in August after representing the university for more than nine years.

According to the university, the new Dan will go through a training school before jumping into his role as mascot. It says once Dan has made the grade, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, Operations, and Events Kevin Discepolo will take him on daily walks around campus and to the many sporting events Yale hosts.

“It’s an honor to be involved with such a long-standing Yale tradition,” Discepolo said in a press release. “For over a century, Handsome Dans have provided excitement for Yale students, faculty and our fans. While this puppy might be the cutest mascot in college athletics, or rather the most handsome, I’m confident he will grow into a strong and courageous bulldog who will inspire our student-athletes for many years.”

The history of Handsome Dan dates back to 1889.

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