WATCH: Trip, Butler Blue IV make it official with Changing of the Collar ceremony

Handler Evan Krauss holds up Butler Blue IV after the changing of the collar, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Butler University Athletics)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The transition of power is now official.

Butler Blue III, lovingly known as Trip, has officially handed his collar off to Butler Blue IV.

The bulldogs took part in the Changing of the Collar ceremony Saturday night at Butler's game against DePaul.


Trip announced this would be his last season as Butler's live mascot in October 2019. Blue IV, his replacement, was announced as the newest live mascot Jan. 22.

Although the pups did the ceremony tonight, Blue III's last trip isn't totally over yet. He will continue some duties through the season, into the spring and finish with Butler commencement in May.


Blue IV will take over all activities at the end of the academic year.