May 16th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Last Friday’s announcement that the students of Long Beach State voted to adopt “Sharks” as the new mascot of the school caused a major reaction among the university’s sports fans, who were posting all over social media wondering if they’d be rooting for the Sharks come the Fall. Long Beach State athletic director Andy Fee said that for those who aren’t excited about that change, there’s nothing to be worried about. “We will not be rebranding uniforms, logos, or any other marks related to the athletic department,” he tweeted. “We continue to be ‘The Beach!’” Reached via phone, Fee said that from his perspective, it will be similar to the way Alabama’s sports teams are called the Crimson Tide, while the mascot is an elephant. The Dirtbags will remain the Dirtbags, and the rest of the school’s sports teams will continue to be called “Beach,” as they have been since the athletic department phased out “49ers” five years ago. -Mike Guardabascio, the526org. Read More.

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