CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's mascot, Marco the Buffalo, is getting a makeover.
Through Facebook, the university is asking fans, alumni, students and faculty to submit their votes on one of three choices for the design of the anthropomorphic American Bison's costume.
Marshall spokeswoman Tiffany Bajus said Dale Morton Studios in Huntington designed Marco's current incarnation in 2008.
But after five years of games and promotional events the costume is due for a replacement.
"It has to be replaced and we're just kind of asking what the fans think," she said. "We're working on keeping up with normal wear and tear and we want everyone's input."
Voters have the option of keeping Marco's appearance as is, returning to a previous design or going with a third design choice that merges elements of the current and previous versions.
Voting is going on now through midnight Aug. 10.
The current costume features the buffalo wearing a Marshall football jersey, white pants and black athletic shoes. The face has large realistic eyes and a prominent nose.
The previous costume featured a friendlier, more cartoon-like face with a goatee and had furry legs and hoofed feet.
The hybrid design would keep Marco's current face on the body of the older design.
The design that receives the most votes will be announced on Marshall University's Facebook page Aug. 12.