Butler’s Blue IV makes debut at Hinkle Fieldhouse

Blue IV makes debute at Bulter University Bulldogs basketball game

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The newest and cutest member of the Butler family made his big debut Friday night.

His name is Blue IV, the mascot-in-training you met on News 8’s All Indiana on Wednesday.

Blue IV or Blue was born Oct. 30 at the Fall Creek Place Animal Clinic.

He’s an AKC-registered English Bulldog, in training until the end of the semester when current mascot Trip retires.

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One of the big changes too is Blue will be under the care of a new handler named Evan Krauss. For 16 years, Michael Kaltenmark has been the mascot handler at Butler.

Blue was brought out before the game and raised in a manner similar to Simba’s introduction in the movie “The Lion King.”

“It took every fiber in my being not to burst into tears when I heard that the ovation of our fans that I had out there for Blue,” Krauss said. “These past three days have been a combination of my dreams coming true. The second I saw him and everyone erupted made it all come true for me.”

“It’s a little bit bittersweet but I just take a lot of pride in this mascot program and what we did over the years and seeing the crowd response to what we did out there there’s a lot of pride,” said Kaltenmark.

There’s plenty of training that goes into this process, particularly in acclimating a puppy to the loud crowds at Hinkle and other special events.