Big Ten Mascots Join "Call Me Maybe" Craze

The video view counter on YouTube suggests that many of you have seen the variety of video spoofs of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video. There was the Harvard baseball team, the SMU rowing team, and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Even Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster got in on the act with his own distinct cookie-related twist. You can now count a handful of Big Ten mascots as inspired fans of the song, too.

A sharp-eyed reader spotted this video posted on the YouTube channel for The Real Sparty, which is run by the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation.

If you watch the video, look for our favorite part when Minnesota’s Goldy appears from out of the water. But not all of the Big Ten mascots are involved in this video. We demanded answers so we called Janel Rutzen, the program coordinator for the Sparty Mascot at Michigan State.

Rutzen told us the mascots came up with the idea on their own and that everyone was invited. Northwestern and Purdue declined to participate, and, of course, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan don’t have animated mascot characters. But the seven that did participate shot their pieces separately and the team edited it together. Michigan State’s YouTube channel posted it because it had the kind of strong following that could get the video in front of the most people.

What’s been the feedback so far? “Pretty good so far,” Rutzen said. “I think we’re at point now where so many people are watching it on YouTube that the video views haven’t caught up just yet. So we’ll see where it goes.”

Update, Friday, July 13:  New developments in the “Call Me Maybe” mascot video story. While BTN.com was first told by a representative from Michigan State that two Big Ten mascots declined to participate in the video,  the Purdue Exponent now reports that Purdue Pete wasn’t in the video due to a miscommunication. “They emailed a former Pete at Purdue, who forwarded the email to a current Pete,” associate athletics director of communications Tom Schott wrote in an email to the paper. “The current Pete didn’t see the email until after the video was shot.” You can read the full story here. We will post further updates as warranted.

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Bill Donovan on 7/12/2012 @ 2:57pm EDT Said:

According to the Journal and Courier and Purdue Athletics, the people in charge of Purdue Pete were never contacted about this–or else Pete would have been part of it. Who did the organizers contact?

http://www.jconline.com/article/20120712/NEWS/307120015/Why-Purdue-Pete-not-Big-Ten-Call-Me-Maybe-video-Today-s-Special-

Bill Donovan on 7/12/2012 @ 6:47pm EDT Said:

So now the story is updated to show that the MSU people contacted a FORMER Purdue Pete and by the time the word was passed to a current one, the filming and editing was done. Why not contact the person at Purdue who is in charge of Pete, whose contact information is easily available on Purdue’s own web site?

Please correct the description of the video to reflect that Purdue did NOT decline to participate and that the wrong people were contacted, and that Purdue Pete would have been in the video if the right people at Purdue were contacted! It was not Purdue’s fault that Pete was not in it!

Bill Donovan on 7/13/2012 @ 10:22am EDT Said:

Today the Purdue Exponent posted more information confirming that one of the current Petes would have been in it if the organizers would have contacted the right people.

http://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_8ccca0cb-c456-5a61-890c-3a8b2786d159.html

The blurb above the video still says that Purdue “declined to participate” which sure seems to be untrue. Can’t that be corrected? As a donor to Purdue Pete, it is very frustrating to hear/read other fans’ comments complaining about Purdue and Pete declining to be part of this when it’s not true, and this page is where people are getting that information.

    BTN.com staff on 7/13/2012 @ 10:37am EDT Said:

    Bill, I’d say we’re addressing that update right here in the comments for all to see but we’ll add a blurb at the bottom. Thanks again.

Bill Donovan on 7/13/2012 @ 10:47am EDT Said:

Thanks for that–some people never read below the story itself.

For what it’s worth, it’s now coming to light that Northwestern never got its invitation either.

http://www.sippinonpurple.com/2012/7/13/3156872/willie-the-wildcat-big-ten-mascots-call-me-maybe

james pidgeon on 8/25/2012 @ 7:08am EDT Said:

Michigan didn’t get contacted either. But then, Michigan doesn’t have a mascot. David Brandon, M’s athletic director started considering adopting one after he saw all the kids in Ann Arbor lining up to get a picture with Bucky Badger.

Bo Schembechler had a Wolverine mount in his office. He said it looked like a “big skunk.” When those within ear shot looked at him in aghast, he amended it by saying, “But, a really mean skunk!”

So here’s a message to David: Start with a really mean skunk and improve on the image.

Jim Pidgeon