You can't stop Cocky -- and you can't stop the Cocky statue.
The University of South Carolina announced plans to sell smaller versions of a statue depciting the school's mascot next year to raise money for a full-sized, bronze model to go on campus.
About $2,500 has been raised for the $80,000 to create and transport the statue of Cocky sitting on a bench next to a stack of books while he does the "spur" hand signal seen a football games, the school said.
Sculptor Robert Allison -- an USC alumnus (like you had to guess) -- has created a one-third scale artist’s proof in clay (called a maquette, if you want to go fancy) of the mascot's statue.
His smaller Cocky will go on display in USC's visitor center this spring after it's cast in bronze, school said. The real thing will weigh 300 to 400 pounds.
USC will sell desktop size versions of Cocky statue and bronze castings of the maquette. No prices for the minis were announced, but bets are they end in .01.
"You don’t get to sculpt icons too often in your life," Allison told the university. "Cocky is an icon."