WATCH: Overzealous Jackson State mascot flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after celebrating TD
Cocky lived up to his name, and it cost Jacksonville State on Sunday
Celebrating a touchdown in college football is what mascots do best. Some will pump up the crowd, others will do a backflip, while a select few will celebrate with the team ... on the field. And by select few, I mean one.
Jackson State's mascot, Cocky, performed the rarely seen act of doing the latter on Sunday after the team scored on a 34-yard touchdown against Bethune-Cookman. As soon as quarterback Jalon Jones found Warren Newman for the score, the overzealous Tiger sprinted to greet Newman in the end zone. He was promptly flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
This is the exact opposite of unsportsmanlike conduct, of course. Maybe it's time college football create an overly-sportsmanlike conduct penalty to apply to rare scenarios like, say, when a rogue mascot goes bananas. Either way, unfortunately, this is against the rules of the sport. The touchdown counted, but the 15-yard penalty was assessed on the ensuing kickoff.
Fortunately for Jackson State officials who may have been concerned about the mascot's behavior, there were no further incidents -- because the team didn't score the remainder of the game.
CBS Sports HQ Newsletter
We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Kelly has the right perspective on college football's place amid the coronavirus pandemic sweeping...
I guess everyone is learning a new skill with more downtime on their hands
Orgeron got a second chance at coaching in the SEC, and that does not happen often
Sports activities across the nation have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Mississippi State players were among those responding to Leach's Tweet
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused administrators to think outside the box with an uncertain...
CBS Sports was with you all day covering National Signing Day as the Class of 2020 wrapped...
Complete analysis, highlights and coverage of the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Miami (OH) vs. Louisiana football game