CORVALLIS, Ore. – State police cited two men for the theft of an oversized novelty mascot head of ESPN football analyst Lee Corso from the College GameDay set after the Oregon Civil War game Saturday.
The mascot head turned up early Monday morning in Harrisburg, state police announced earlier in the day.
Senior Trooper Orly Johnson identified August Michael Zane Cuneo, 26, from Eugene and Alexander Joseph Westerberg, 25, from Harrisburg as suspects.
The two were cited to appear in Benton County Circuit Court for one count of felony Theft in the First Degree.
State police allege Cuneo was walking through the OSU Memorial Union Quad near the GameDay broadcast location when he took the mascot head, walked away from the area and hid it in some bushes until Westerberg arrived in a car.
They placed it in the car and drove to the Eugene area.
After having second thoughts, the mascot head was dropped off where it was found this morning by an Oregon State University employee in Harrisburg near his car, police said.
Arrangements are being made to return the mascot head, valued at $5,000, to ESPN, state police said.