Orange squeezed out of mascot game

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Syracuse's self-imposed postseason ban apparently even extended to Otto the Orange.

The Atlantic Coast Conference held its annual mascot basketball game at halftime of the North Carolina-Louisville quarterfinal Thursday. Fourteen of the ACC's 15 mascots played -- from Mr. Wuf of NC State to Rameses of North Carolina to Sebastian the Ibis of Miami.

But no Otto.

Still, there are a few reminders of the Orange this week at the Greensboro Coliseum. They said back in February that they'd keep themselves out of this postseason in response to a lengthy NCAA investigation. The probe found the program committed academic violations, ignored drug test procedures and accepted payment for volunteer work at a YMCA.

At the conference tournament, a Syracuse banner still hangs next to banners for each school.

And the Orange's block-S logo appears on the tournament's official souvenir T-shirts, along with the insignias of all the other schools. The tournament is not selling Syracuse-specific tournament T-shirts, as they are for the other 14 schools participating.

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