In 2003, Colonel Reb, the official on-field mascot for the University of Mississippi was officially retired in Oxford, Miss., due to the controversial nature of his Confederate South ties.
Since then, while Ole Miss has remained the Rebels, the University hasn’t seen a friendly mascot on the sidelines of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium or C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum.
That will soon change.
On Feb. 23, the Ole Miss students voted in favor of a student-led search for an official replacement of Colonel Reb.
The current favorite amongst those attending school in Oxford? None other than Admiral Ackbar. Yes, that Admiral Ackbar––the character from “Star Wars.”
While chances are Ole Miss administration would never accept a Mon Calamari to represent their institution––along with the fact there would be more pending law suits with Lucas Films than teeth in a Sarlacc pit––it’s still a fun idea.
So today I’ve decided to create a list of five alternate mascot ideas for the Ole Miss Rebels. No particular order, just pick your poison.