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Penn State mascot busted for drunkenness

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Penn State University says it has suspended its Nittany Lion mascot for a month over his arrest for being drunk in public.

Clint Gyory, 20, won't be donning his lion costume for the first month of the football season; however, it was not clear Wednesday if the cheerleading team had brought in a temp.

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The Daily Collegian newspaper at Penn State said Gyory donned the cat suit as a freshman last fall and was considered the youngest of a long line of lions to stalk the sidelines in State College. His predecessor had been barred from the Rose Bowl after being busted for drunken driving.

Gyory's promising career was undone in August, however, when police found him passed out in the back of a pickup truck, apparently in civilian clothes. He allegedly had broken a mirror off the truck and later blew a .187 blood-alcohol level.

Court documents said the junior business-management major had yet to enter a plea to misdemeanor charges of public drunkenness and criminal mischief.

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