INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - He was just a mascot. But, Blue II managed to capture the nation's attention during the Butler basketball team's 2010 and 2011 runs to the NCAA National Championship.
For a time he became "America's dog." So his death Saturday was being noted both on Butler's campus and nationwide.
A bulldog statue sits outside the entrance to Butler's Atherton Student Union. Inside, the most famous Butler bulldog of all, Blue II is being memorialized.
PHOTOS | A look back at Blue II's life
Shannon Reid, a Butler student, said she was moved by the display.
"It's almost like somebody you were really close with passed away," Reid said. "Like a family member or something, its really important. He's a living creature too and its always really sad.”
Butler students still have their work to get done. But as sophomore James Hamp said, Blue's death weighs heavily on the Butler family.
"It's been a sad day around campus. Definitely a lot of students have been affected," he said.
And plenty of others outside campus have been affected too. Blue's death from congestive heart failure made headlines across the nation. On CBSNews.com the headline read, "Blue 2 Butler's beloved bulldog mascot dies at age 9." USAToday.com had the headline, "Butler community mourns beloved mascot Blue ll."
ONLINE EXTRA | Blue II mourned on Twitter
Even entertainment website TMZ noted Blue's passing, but with a slightly different take — "Spoiled Butler Bulldog dead at age 9. " But back at Butler, Blue II is being remembered with his own portrait, slide show of memories and a drive to fund a memorial for all Butler mascots.
"He meant Butler, like spirit and the freedom. He was the Butler way," said Samantha Good, a Butler freshman.
With Blue II gone but not forgotten, Blue III, or Trip as he's known, takes over.
"He has shoes to fill. I don't know, but I think he'll be able to do it," Good said.
The memorial to Blue II will remain on display at the Atherton Student Union through the rest of the week. It's located between the book store and the Starbucks. The bulldog memorial honoring all live Butler mascots past and present is planned to be built adjacent to Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A November case of armed robbery lands one man behind bars. The suspect appeared in court Monday morning.
Vincennes city leaders are moving forward, once again, to try to demolish the Executive Inn.
New rules in Indiana mean some people won't be able to count on their food stamps, like clock-work.
Charges have been filed against a mother in an Effingham County, Illinois murder case.
Officials say a 78 year old female was driving her green station wagon south on 59, near the 60 mile marker when she hit a tree.
Two people are in the Vigo County jail facing charges of burglary with deadly weapons, residential entry, and possession of various drugs and paraphernalia.