Ole Miss Chooses New Mascot; Admiral Ackbar Relieved

“Rebel Black Bear” will now lead Ole Miss to defeat in SEC

Photo of Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar, left, was semi-finalist in Ole Miss hunt for new mascot. Ackbar famously led the Rebel Alliance fleet's attack on the Death Star.

In an attempt to rid itself of connotations and imagery related to the Old South, and the embarrassment of losing a civil war that happened a century-and-a-half ago, the University of Mississippi Rebels—better known as Ole Miss—has adopted a new mascot to replace Colonel Reb: a bear.

Ole Miss, who has been without a mascot ever since it sacked Colonel Reb in 2003, announced their decision at a press conference in Oxford, Mississippi on October, 15, 2010.

Image of Ole Miss bear mascot

The Rebel Black Bear, new mascot at Ole Miss

The Rebel Black Bear, as he or she will be known, beat out fellow candidates that included a Rebel Landshark, “Hotty Toddy” (presumably in honor of the hot alcoholic drink that is not typically associated with southern cuisine), and Admiral Ackbar— the former leader of the Rebel Alliance space fleet who successfully blew up Death Star II near the forest moon of Endor. Continue reading