Otto Through The Years
The many faces of our famous mascot.
Otto is still an orange ball, but that’s where the similarities end. Like all of us, he had his awkward teenage years and some questionable wardrobe choices. Follow the milestones in Otto’s development.
The first Otto. But at that point, his name was “Clyde”—the name chosen by the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha, who for over 40 years had portrayed SU’s mascot.
Clyde gets a slight makeover. Did he have collagen injections? And what’s with those eyebrows?
Still trying to get that happy little grin right.
A whole new costume and a new name—Woody the Orange. Unfortunately, Woody didn’t travel well, and he lasted only two years.
When this costume was being produced, SU cheerleaders narrowed the name down to two—Opie or Otto. Figuring “Opie” would lead to the inevitable rhyme with “dopey,” they settled on Otto, and the name stuck. In December 1995, Chancellor Shaw named Otto Syracuse University’s official mascot.
Otto unveiled his new and improved costume at the men’s basketball game against West Virginia in January 2012. He now flaunts a brighter peel, blue gloves, and a hat with Syracuse’s block “S.”