Tim-ber! NCAA cuts Stanford tree mascot down to size

Updated: August 25, 2006, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- The NCAA has chopped down the Stanford tree.

The Division I women's basketball committee reprimanded and fined Stanford on Friday for the antics of its tree mascot during the NCAA Tournament last March.

The mascot also was suspended for the Cardinal's next appearance in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The tree refused to leave the court at halftime of Stanford's victory over Florida State on March 20 in Denver, and the NCAA also cited "violation of multiple tournament policies regarding bands, cheerleaders and mascots" in its announcement, giving no more details. At the time, the tree reportedly was suspended for Stanford's next game in the regional semifinals.

"The committee was very disappointed in this disturbing pattern of behavior and strongly believes that these acts compromised the integrity of the championship," said Joni Comstock, the committee chair and the athletic director at American University.

The previous student to wear the tree costume was fired in February when she performed while drunk at Stanford's men's basketball game against California. The NCAA cited policy violations in previous years as a factor in the suspension.


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