When the Ole Miss Rebels have a not-so-great football season, Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield likes to think about some of those great years in the past when the Rebels saw lots of Bowl action — particularly under the direction of Coach John Vaught from 1946 through 1970. (December 30, 2010, Page 2B)
Of the 230 people who responded to The Oxford EAGLE’s online survey asking how much they care about the mascot issue, an overwhelming 44 percent, or 102 people, said they would care about the issue, but they don’t like the mascot choices. While some commented that only Colonel Reb would be their choice, others said they wanted more interesting options. (October 14, 2010, Page 5)
The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee announced this morning that the Rebel Black Bear will be the new on-field mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels. The bear now becomes the official mascot, replacing Colonel Reb, who was removed as the on-field mascot seven years ago and whose image was officially retired this summer.
The selection committee made the recommendation to University of Mississippi leaders Wednesday night following a thorough analysis of the latest poll of Ole Miss students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticket holders (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
Colonel Reb is soon to be a remnant of the past as he goes into the vault tomorrow. Today is the last official day his image can be licensed. The College Licensing Company, the agent for the University of Mississippi licensing issues, released a memo in March to all licensees that the image of the Colonel may only be licensed through August 31. Tomorrow he enters the College Vault Program where the image can only be licensed out for special occasions for historical use. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
Colonel Rebel may have disappeared from the sidelines at Ole Miss games several years ago, but there are many Rebel faithful who still show their support for the vacated mascot.
This fall, as Ole Miss officials continue to work on introducing a new mascot to the public, the Colonel will be seen a lot around town and in the stands of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
THE GODFREY SHOW – Ackbar’s campaign is satire in its grandest form, but in some way it’s been very literal. Oxford Town columnist Steven Godfrey takes on the latest “race card” the University is playing and explores the varying reactions from around the country concerning our mascot dilemma. (March 11, 2010, Page 6)