Nittany Lion mascot suspended through Rose Bowl after DUI charge

The Penn State Nittany Lion mascot, 23-year-old James D. Sheep, has been suspended through the end of the year and will not attend the Rose Bowl with the Penn State team following an early morning DUI arrest the day of the last home football game.

Sheep, a senior and broadcast journalism major, was suspended "due to a violation of team rules" until Dec. 31, and also will not attend the Penn State football team's appearance at the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., Penn State Athletics released.

"James has been a very enthusiastic and hard-working Nittany Lion, but we are disappointed that his recent actions did not represent the high standards of this position," said Penn State Cheerleading Coach Curt White.

"We are planning to have James resume his duties in the new year and are confident that he will represent Penn State Athletics and the University with a high level of energy, dedication and respect."

Another member of the Penn State cheerleading squad will serve as the Nittany Lion mascot for the remainder of the year, and at the Rose Bowl game.

Sheep's car was pulled over on campus by Penn State University police around 3:16 a.m. Nov. 22 because an officer noticed there were too many passengers, causing the rear suspension to drag.

Sheep failed field sobriety tests and was later found to have a blood-alcohol level of .164.

Sheep did participate in game activities that day, and wasn't formally charged until last Thursday.

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