High School to Teams: No, You Can't Be 'Cougars'

Yes, it's because of the reason you're thinking
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Updated Jan 22, 2012 10:42 AM CST
In this publicity photo released by ABC, Courteney Cox, left, and Busy Philipps are shown in a scene from "Cougar Town."   (AP Photo/ABC, Michael Desmond)
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(Newser) – Students at a high school near Salt Lake City will be cheering on their Chargers next season, even though they picked "Cougars" as the school mascot. It seems some well-meaning school board members overruled the results of the student vote because they thought Cougars would be offensive to women of a certain age, reports Yahoo Sports. The school doesn't open until next fall, so there's still time for a change of heart, notes Yahoo's Cameron Smith. Nearby BYU uses the cougar as mascot, and it's widely popular in the area. (Read more mascot stories.)

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