STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – The Husky Nation was heartbroken when they learned their faithful mascot was told he could not make the UConn men’s basketball team’s Final Four NCAA Tournament in Houston, Texas earlier this week.
In a post online, Jonathan’s handler said they were told he would unable to attend the Final Four game because he was too big to fit under the seat of a plane.
Jessica O’Reilly, one of Jonathan’s handlers said they were told he could not get a flight because of COVID policies. They said the husky would need two seats on a charter plane and two more seats for his assistants.
The following message was shared by Jonathan’s social media pages: “I’m really a good boy and just need to be given the opportunity to represent UConn in Houston.”
Fans and students couldn’t agree more with the sentiment.
Jonathan XIV’s wish to support the team came true on Thursday night when Delta Airlines reached out and found tickets for Jonathan and his handlers.
Students and fans say Jonathan XIV embodies the UConn Huskies’ pride. Others simply say he’s a “good boy.”
“He’s a superstar on campus. He’s all over my timeline,” said Sincere Valentine, a junior at UConn.
Fans can rejoice as Jonathan will be at the tournament this weekend!