'Wolfie' Voting Overloads Text Contest

RENO, NV - Some pack fans are not too happy after they say it looks like their votes in a text-to-win contest were not counted.

The Capital One Mascot Challenge is a contest to select a football mascot for national exposure. It also means money for the winning institution.

Nevada's mascot, Wolfie Jr., must edge out Auburn's mascot to go on to the finals.

Nevada fans said for hours on Thursday, it didn't appear their votes were being counted.

"But you could vote for anyone else through text," Shane Stuart of Silver and Blue Outfitters said.

Stuart said he was trying to vote, but he did not receive a message affirming his votes were recorded. Several 'mobs' of texters were put together to vote for Wolfie.

"People have been saying conspiracy theories," a Nevada fan said.

Auburn's mascot, Aubie, was thousands of votes ahead of Wolfie by Friday morning.

Nevada Mascot Coach Kim Anastassatos said if Wolfie wins, it brings much needed cash to the cheer program.

"Mascott costumes alone cost about five-thousand dollars a piece so with that twenty-thousand dollars we'd be able to buy new costumes," she said.

Capital One said the mass voting in Nevada stressed the system. Capital One said technical problems might result in stopping the contest. But pack fans said that's definitely not what they want. They say there's so much Nevada pride, Wolfie can still pull off a victory.

By the end of Friday, Wolfie was again ahead of Auburn's mascot.


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