SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Huskies have a new mascot withplenty of room to grow - just like the downtrodden football team hewill most symbolize.
The UW introduced 3-month-old "Dubs" yesterday to replace"Spirit," who had a season almost as bad as the 0-12 Huskies in2008.
Spirit had been the school's mascot since 1999 until he wasforced into retirement last September when he injured his shoulderchasing a squirrel.
He is now back with his owners, leaving "Dubs" as the new faceof Washington sports.
Like his predecessors, "Dubs" isn't actually a husky. He's anAlaskan malamute, the 11th malamute mascot.
He will spend his games roaming the sidelines, and may make hisdebut at Washington's spring football game in April.
"Dubs" is from a kennel in Burlington, and got his name froman online vote on the school's athletic Web site.
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