Colorado Buffaloes select new live mascot — Ralphie VI – The Denver Post

The University of Colorado has found its next Ralphie — even if it’s unclear when she will actually make her debut.

Athletic director Rick George wrote in a newsletter sent out to Buffs fans Friday that the university selected a new buffalo to serve as Ralphie VI.

The university previously revealed back in the spring that a female buffalo had been picked to replace Ralphie V, who retired at the end of the 2019 season, according to the sports information department. George wrote this week that she has been training “at a pace the 14-month-old buffalo is comfortable with.”

In addition to a new animal, Taylor Stratton has been selected as the Ralphie program manager after John Graves stepped down at the start of April. Stratton had been the assistant manager the previous four years.

Graves was asked back in November what the school looks for when it selects a Ralphie.

“It’s a whole lot of things,” Graves told The Post. “We look at their temperament, how comfortable they are around humans. We also look at the characteristics of their legs and joints and what they look like (there). And making sure they’re happy and healthy. There’s a whole lot we look at.”

Of course, it’s up in the air when Ralphie VI will actually run at Folsom Field for the first time.

The Big Ten announced Thursday it was eliminating non-conference football games in 2020, and the Pac-12 is expected to do the same. As it stands right now, CU’s first scheduled home game is Sept. 12 against Fresno State.

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