"If you're from West Virginia and you love the outdoors, or if you hunt or don't hunt, or if you fish or don't fish, it is a celebration of this state. As a former WVU graduate, I'm thrilled to death with him. Happy as can be."
The Mountaineer mascot first appeared at athletic events in the 1936-1937 school year. The Mountaineer is selected each year and the mascot's outfit is custom tailored to fit the winner.
Last February, the bearded Kimble was chosen from among 13 applicants.
In July he appeared with other Big 12 mascots at the conference's football media days in Dallas, even exchanging words with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops about the teams' game in November. Earlier this year he was featured in a national commercial promoting the university and was part of an ESPN commercial with WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen.