Centennial Jay

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Centennial Jay (C Jay)
University University of Kansas
Conference Big 12
Description Jayhawk
First seen 2012
Related mascot(s) Big Jay, Baby Jay

Centennial Jay or C Jay for short, was one of the costume mascots of the University of Kansas.[1] He with fellow mascot Big Jay and Baby Jay are Jayhawks.[2] C Jay was created by student cartoonist Henry Maloy and featured in the University Daily Kansan in 1912.[3] Maloy's depiction of the Jayhawk helped answer the question of what the mythical bird would look like. When asked why he gave the bird shoes Maloy responded, "Why? For kicking opponents, of course."[3] C Jay was reintroduced as a full-sized mascot on February 25, 2012 in the final Border War against Missouri to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Jayhawk.[4] Kansas came back from a 19-point deficit in the second half to take the 87-86 overtime win against the Tigers and clinch an 8th straight Big 12 championship.[5] C Jay was retired early in 2013 and is displayed in Allen Field House.

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  1. ^ "Retro Centennial Jay helps celebrate 100 mascot years" (English). Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Top 25 Great College Football Mascots: More Than Just Oversized Heads" (English). Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  3. ^ a b "The Jayhawks" (English). Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ "C Jay back for centennial celebration of the Jayhawk" (English). Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ "At Rivalry’s End, Kansas Rallies to Edge Missouri" (English). The New York Times. 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 

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