Not a pretty kitty? After LSU's win, a fan starts a GoFundMe to buy Clemson a new Tiger costume

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow led his team to a 42-25 victory over the defending champion Clemson Tigers in the college football title game.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 4:40 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 4:40 PM

Monday night's college football championship game between Clemson and LSU ended up being a serious showdown between the Tigers and the Tigers. Only thing is, they happen to look very different.

LSU won 42-25. And after watching the game, LSU fan Dion Grossnickle, decided that the Clemson cat was due for a little bit of a glow-up.

What better way to do that than to start a GoFundMe effort to purchase a new costume?

If you're not familiar with Clemson's mascot costume, well ... some find it a bit ... um ... terrifying.

Maybe it's the oddly round yellow eyes, or the narrow head with matted fur, or the way the neck fur bunches up at the base. Something here is clearly off.

In 2014, it was named the fourth scariest mascot in college football by CBS Sports.

But perhaps that's what Clemson is going for?

"It seems that the university purchased their mascot costume from the clearance rack from TG&Y in 1981," Grossnickle wrote on the campaign.

TG&Y was a five-and-dime store that went defunct in 2001. And in fact, the mascot was officially introduced back in 1954.

The acrylic and polyester head drew criticism from game spectators. Some on social media compared the LSU and Clemson cats head to head.

Even local law enforcement had to get in on this one.

All proceeds will be mailed to the Clemson University Athletic Department, according to the GoFundMe page.

After being up less than day, it already had surpassed its $1,000 goal.

CNN has reached out to Grossnickle for comment but has not yet heard back.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 113876

Reported Deaths: 3238
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7894177
DeSoto693279
Harrison512983
Jackson450384
Rankin389486
Madison381293
Lee351479
Forrest300778
Jones289184
Washington256499
Lafayette248343
Lauderdale2437134
Lamar224238
Oktibbeha200854
Bolivar200477
Neshoba1842111
Lowndes178362
Panola169139
Leflore165887
Sunflower160949
Warren154355
Monroe148172
Pontotoc146119
Marshall141229
Lincoln138957
Pike138256
Copiah136936
Coahoma124936
Scott124929
Yazoo121733
Grenada121638
Simpson121249
Union117425
Tate116039
Leake114640
Holmes114460
Pearl River112959
Itawamba112225
Adams107343
Prentiss104819
Wayne100821
Alcorn98712
George97918
Covington97026
Marion94642
Tippah88922
Newton85627
Chickasaw84026
Tallahatchie84025
Winston83321
Hancock81628
Tishomingo80041
Attala79026
Clarke74351
Clay68421
Jasper67917
Walthall63827
Calhoun62212
Noxubee59617
Smith59116
Montgomery54323
Claiborne53716
Tunica52917
Yalobusha52614
Lawrence51214
Perry48723
Carroll48012
Greene47318
Stone46414
Humphreys42816
Amite42113
Quitman4196
Jefferson Davis40511
Webster37013
Wilkinson33720
Benton3335
Kemper32215
Sharkey28314
Jefferson27510
Franklin2403
Choctaw2056
Issaquena1074
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22988375
Mobile16788315
Tuscaloosa10235140
Montgomery9978197
Madison922894
Shelby727463
Baldwin661569
Lee651765
Marshall437249
Calhoun422461
Etowah421450
Morgan407135
Houston371734
DeKalb336029
Elmore317353
St. Clair289142
Limestone279730
Walker275593
Talladega263635
Cullman239925
Lauderdale218042
Jackson212515
Franklin203231
Autauga203030
Colbert198731
Russell19283
Blount191125
Dallas186327
Chilton185832
Coffee173211
Escambia172230
Covington171429
Dale166551
Chambers134343
Clarke133617
Pike132713
Tallapoosa131387
Marion107129
Barbour10129
Butler100240
Marengo100222
Winston91913
Geneva8617
Lawrence83732
Pickens83618
Bibb82514
Randolph82016
Hale75830
Clay73612
Washington73412
Cherokee73114
Lowndes70428
Monroe64510
Henry6436
Bullock63917
Crenshaw60330
Perry5856
Fayette56913
Wilcox56412
Conecuh56013
Cleburne5518
Macon53020
Lamar4745
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 53°
Columbus
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 55°
Oxford
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 50°
Starkville
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 52°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather