WCC SPOTLIGHT: THE ORIGINAL RETRO BRAND GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH USF MASCOT, “THE DON”

I’ve had the honor of interviewing Head Coach Dan Bennett from St. Mary’s, Jenny Gresham from the University of Portlands Purple Pride, and Pepperdine sports announcer Tony Simeone.  We covered the Torero’s upset victory over the Gael’s, and have given away some Original Retro Brand gear to contest winners in our Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and Gonzaga pop quiz contests.

With the West Coast Conference Tournament ready to go off tomorrow in Vegas, we’ve got just one more WCC school to cover on this blog before the “Advance to the Dance” tips off.  That school would be the University of San Francisco, and the official school mascot, “The Don,” is who we are going to cover.  This is one hombre who’s Los Locos for his # 3 seeded team! Check out our little chat….

DON DONNING ORIGINAL RETRO BRAND

Andy: How did you end up becoming the University of San Francisco Mascot?

The Don: After years spent working as an understudy to some of the great swashbucklers of the silver screen – such as the Lone Ranger, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman and of course, Zorro, I auditioned for the role as “The Don”.  I consider it an honor to represent the University of San Francisco on the court and it is definitely the highlight of my career to date.

Andy: Are you the only student to wear the mascot outfit, or do you switch up with a few others?  And if so, do you attend the games with the rest of the student section and keep your identity as “The Don” sworn to secrecy?

The Don: My true identity is protected at top secret clearance and above.  I do not share duties with anyone.  This is a noble calling and I am a warrior – I am there to support the Green and Gold whenever it goes into battle on the court.  I am also unclear what you mean by “costume”.  I have not taken the suit off – except to sleep – during the entire 2010-11 basketball season.  This is not a job.  This is a passion and a way of life!

THIS DON IS DOPE!

Andy: What are some specific things that you do during the basketball games to get The Crazies (“Los Locos”) of the USF Student Section to act so CRAZY?!

The Don: It is all about sensing the moment when the team needs extra energy and enthusiasm from the Green and Gold faithful and I am devoted to sparking that extra boost.  I find dancing with the USF Spirit Squad, rubbing the heads of the referees during time outs and letting the crowd know I can’t hear them and to get louder are definitely all the motivation needed.

Andy:  Do you have any aspirations to be a mascot in any of the professional sports leagues, like the Philly Fanatic, or the Phoenix Suns Gorilla?

The Don: Once you have made “The Don” your own, I’m not sure what else there is.  It’s only downhill from there.  I just got back from a mascot conference and I was the only one to arrive in full regalia, although the airlines would not let me through security with my sword.  We have a wonderful team, devoted fans and it will continue to get better!

TALL ORDER TO BEAT THE DONS!

Andy:  Will you be joining the team in Vegas for the upcoming WCC tournament & if so, will you make nice with the opposing school mascots or is it all out war?

The Don: Funny you should ask.  I am going to be departing campus early Thursday on a road trip to Las Vegas.  I will be posing for photo ops throughout the trip and be on the lookout for pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  I look forward to meeting Elvis, Wayne Newton and all the biggest stars that make Vegas so great.  My number one priority is getting our crowd fired up for our basketball teams competing for the conference title.  I do not plan on fraternizing with opposing mascots.  Once I am in the Orleans Arena, it becomes all business.  Go DONS!

Take notice Knightro, Spike, Iggy, Torero, Bronco, Wally Pilot and Willy the Wave too!

Many thanks to The Don for his time, and best of luck to all the WCC teams this weekend – it’s going to be a blast!

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