Jan. 28, 2008
RUSTON - Tech XX, the young English bulldog that has been chosen as the new Louisiana Tech mascot, made his inaugural appearance Saturday at the Bulldog basketball game against Nevada.
Tech XX replaced his predecessor Tech XIX, who was retired in November of 2007 due to health reasons after serving as the school's official bulldog since 2001. Tech XIX now resides under the current care of Dr. Mark Barker and Michelle Barker.
Jess Shepherd, a junior from Houston, Texas who is a cabinet member for the Louisiana Tech Student Government Association, said that Tech XX enjoyed his debut although the four-month old bulldog wore out quickly.
"He really seemed to have a good time," Shepherd said. "However, by the time the meet-n-greet was over and he was presented at halftime of the game, he was worn out. We're going to wait a few weeks before we bring him out again because he's so young, he tires easily."
Shepherd said Tech XX would be at almost every baseball game in the spring. Tech XX, who was bought from breeder John Hood in Lickling, Missouri, was officially installed as the new mascot at the Student Government Association meeting held Jan. 22. The dog was born Oct. 9, 2007, and is the son of Kahuna Mighty Sampcon and Abbie Jane Kofax.
Shepherd said the Bulldog was purchased through donations by Tech alumni, which allowed the SGA to be more thorough in their search for the new mascot.
"We created an account at the alumni house which allowed us to purchase the bulldog without going through a bid process," Shepherd said. "It made the process much better."
The SGA bought Tech XX through Pick of the Litter Pet Store in Ruston, which used a broker to find the new bulldog. Tech XX will reside with local veterinarian Patrick Sexton.