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Updated Mar 19, 2013 - 5:22 pm

New Sparky is no more; fans get to design newer mascot

Pretty much from the moment Arizona State University unveiled its new "Sparky" on March 1, backlash to the change has been fierce.

Fans and alumni alike took to social media and other avenues to voice their displeasure with the mascot's new look, with many trying to figure out what it most closely resembled.

And none of the options were particularly flattering.

Well, the school heard the outcry and has decided to ask for a do-over, so to speak. ASU announced Tuesday it will ask fans to design the new mascot.

From a press release:

"Sparky is one of the best-loved mascots in collegiate athletics," said Rocky Harris, senior associate athletic director for external relations. "The university is proud that so many people are passionate about him. We have listened and now we want to give members of the Sun Devil nation the opportunity to provide their input on some of the costume's features."

The school will develop a program that will enable the Sun Devil community to pick the features of the costume's head and face. Students, alumni, season ticket holders, donors, faculty and staff will be eligible to vote.

Voting will take place from April 22 to May 5.

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