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Butler dog could appear at Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler's bulldog will be impounded again next weekend.

School officials say Blue II will not travel to New Orleans, where the men's basketball team faces fourth-seeded Wisconsin in Thursday's regional semifinals. NCAA officials banned live mascots from this weekend's games, saying there was not enough space and because of the quick turnarounds for other events in those arenas.

The NCAA says it may give Blue II an exemption if Butler makes it back to the Final Four in Houston.

The lively English bulldog has become a regular staple at Butler's home games and some of its road games. Players pet the dog during introductions, he parades through the stands during games and can often be seen chewing on a bone.