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Updated University of Iowa mascot meets mixed reviews

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Herky the Hawk at Kinnick Stadium Aug. 30 Herky the Hawk at Kinnick Stadium Aug. 30
"Old" Herky the Hawk football mascot "Old" Herky the Hawk football mascot
Picture posted on Facebook compares the old and new mascots Picture posted on Facebook compares the old and new mascots
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

What do you think of the new University of Iowa football mascot?

Herky the Hawk got an updated look for football games this year - which has been greeted by mixed reviews.

People don't like change. There's already a Facebook group called "Bring back the old HERKY!!!!" and it already has nearly 700 members since it was created Saturday.  Critics point to the mascot's change of shoes, bared teeth, and a new sleeker helmet.  Others on social media say they enjoy the updated look.

While the Herky the Hawk image was first conceived in the late 40's, the mascot first came to life during football games in the 1950's.

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