NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Ole Miss Mascot Vote
June 29, 2010, 08:44 PM
As most of us are not Ole Miss student, faculty, alums or season ticket holders, we don't get to officially vote but thought we could take an informal vote on which of the 11 semi-finalists for the Ole Miss mascot should become the face of the Rebells. ( Or just for fun create your own)

The choices are: (drum roll please.....)

1) "Hotty" and "Totty" a pair of lovable muppet like characters named after the Ole Miss Cheer

2) Rebel Lion - a play on "Rebel-lion)

3) Rebel Black Bear plays on the teddy bear???s origin in Mississippi and William Faulkner???s short story, ???The Bear,??? and aims convey ???pride, strength and toughness.???

4) Rebel Blues Musician would be a ???larger-than-life??? costumed personality based on the state???s role as the birthplace of the blues and the university???s role as home of the world???s largest blues archive.

5) Rebel the Cardinal would build on cardinal red, one of the Ole Miss colors, and the Cardinal Club, whose members historically have served as game day hosts for visiting teams.

6) Rebel Fanatic, another ???muppet-like??? character ???embodies the fanaticism of the Ole Miss faithful??? and would lend itself to ???skits, stunts and an endless supply of creative accessories.???

7) Rebel the Horse aims to embody ???the sense of Rebel freedom, strength and confidence.??? (It would also reflect on the university???s early days, when a popular student stunt was to ride horses through the Lyceum.)

8) Rebel Land Shark is based on a recent tradition begun by the late Ole Miss football player Tony Fein. It embodies a ???fins up??? hand motion and lends itself to use of the intimidating theme music from the movie ???Jaws.???

9) Rebel Mojo would be a character that embodies the Rebels??? ???having their Mojo back??? and that would ???work his magic on the field.???

10) Rebel Riverboat Pilot plays on the university???s long-ago team name, the ???Mississippi Flood,??? and might navigate around the stadium and campus on a miniature landroving sternwheeler.

11) Rebel Titan relates to powerful Greek mythological deities. In addition to embodying such qualities as courage and generosity, Titan would reflect the Greek influence in the Lyceum???s Ionic ??? and iconic ??? columns.
July 1, 2010  08:55 AM ET

The Deep South....

--1963--
Alabama Governor, George Wallace, makes his 'stand in the schoolhouse door' to prevent two black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama.

--Mid 1960's--
Mississippi creates all-white private academies to avoid Federal desegregation laws.

--1970--
The University of Alabama, with just 1 black starter, loses at home to Southern California 21-42 - as USC's black tailback, Sam Cunningham, rushes for 2 td's.
Bear Bryant becomes convinced that he can no longer compete for national championships without black players. He begins to recruit more blacks. Most of the rest of the SEC follows his lead.

--Early 1970's--
Most SEC teams have more black players. Ole Miss still has very few. Many black athletes boycott Ole Miss due to the Rebel mascot and the tradition of fans waving confederate flags at games. Ole Miss' W-L record suffers.

(--Backtrack to 1940--)
Ole Miss students begin the tradition of electing 1 student as 'Colonel Reb'. It is the highest honorary position a male student can receive. It is traditionally only given to whites.

--1989--
A black Ole Miss player, 'Chucky' Mullins, is permanently paralyzed in a game vs Vanderbilt. Citizens from MS and around the country donate over $1 million to his trust fund. At the time, there were 7 candidates running for 'Colonel Reb'. All 7 issued a joint letter to the school's newspaper withdrawing from the election in favor of Mullins. 'Chucky' became only the 2nd black male ever to receive the honor.

--2004--
Sylvester Croom becomes the head coach at Mississippi State. He is the 1st ever black SEC coach.

--2009--
Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss) sets several school and SEC records as he leads Ole Miss to a 9 win season. Dexter is black.

Mark Ingram (Alabama) wins the Heisman trophy and leads his team to the BCS NCG. His teammate Trent Richardson scores 2 td's in the BCS NCG. Both are black.


Today roughly one half of all college football athletes are black.

July 1, 2010  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE:

9) Rebel Mojo would be a character that embodies the Rebels??? ???having their Mojo back??? and that would ???work his magic on the field.???

I vote for Rebel MoJo.

July 1, 2010  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE:

#9 is all wrong. Mojo is a 'Cane fan...


True but I'am a Rebel without a cause.

July 1, 2010  12:47 PM ET

The horse is the best choice, I suppose, but it is beyond me why the NCAA is in the business of dictating mascot choices to schools. Four years ago, the schools with American Indian mascots found out that the NCAA was planning on preventing them from hosting NCAA events and now Colonel Rebel is under attack. This is not a campaign to make all institutions inclusive: some exclusivity is celebrated.
We all know the history of wars and race relations - and as ugly and tragic as that history was, most of the elements that still remain from segregation are maintained by the minority races. There are segregated clubs and fraternities on campus today, but they are not all-white.
If they want to end all the vestiges of segregation, why doesn't the NCAA do something about the Black College National Championship? South Carolina State claimed the latest title in 2009. I understand perfectly why the HBCs had their own national champion 30 years ago, but why now, when they have the same chance as every other school to win the FCS National Championship?

July 1, 2010  01:06 PM ET

Out of deference to the descendants of those who were wronged, hurt and killed, let's ban all Civil War mascots: good bye Kansas Jayhawks and LSU Tigers.
Look it up: 1500 "Jayhawkers" from Lawrence, Kansas, led by Senator Jim Lane, sacked Osceola, Missouri on September 23, 1861. There is no such critter as a Jayhawk.
Louisiana's National Guard is known as the Tiger Brigade today because of Colonel Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, whose famous Zouaves called themselves "Wheat's Tigers." They staged a famous, if foolhardy, charge at First Manassas, Bowie knives brandished.
On another note, General Lee did his share of the work in popularizing "Tar Heels" as a name for North Carolinians. The way they held Jackson's line at 2nd Manassas, some of them throwing rocks when they ran out of ammunition, is the stuff of legend.
Custer was awfully fond of his Michigan Wolverines, who fought gallantly at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Did you ever wonder why Michigan wears Union blue with thin stripes on their helmets that are obviously a Cavalry shade of gold? I know the official name is "Maize,"...whatever they want to call it, it was the cavalry's color first.

July 1, 2010  05:43 PM ET

Er, uh... some interesting points, GLS. Now I'm trying to figure out if you're the Goal Line Stand against this movement, or if you're actually leading a charge against NCAA interference. You might want to temporarily change you name to Charge! or something.

(I always wondered where there were tigers in Louisiana, though...)

July 1, 2010  05:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#25):

Er, uh... some interesting points, GLS. Now I'm trying to figure out if you're the Goal Line Stand against this movement, or if you're actually leading a charge against NCAA interference. You might want to temporarily change you name to Charge! or something.(I always wondered where there were tigers in Louisiana, though...)

I belive it's some type of political stand. And a history lesson.

July 1, 2010  07:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#24):

Louisiana's National Guard is known as the Tiger Brigade today because of Colonel Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, whose famous Zouaves called themselves "Wheat's Tigers." They staged a famous, if foolhardy, charge at First Manassas, Bowie knives brandished.

I'll make a minor correction to your information regarding the 256 IBCT. The Louisiana National Guard is NOT known as the Tiger Brigade. Only the 256 IBCT is known as the Tiger Brigade. There are 4 other MACOMs (Major Commands) in the state that are not called the Tiger Brigade, just the 3,000 of us.

How many "People of Translucency" are on the Jackson State, Alcorn, or Mississippi Valley State teams? That's right, only players "of color" play for these teams with very few exceptions. But of course, there is nothing wrong with this.

Nothing to do with football but why must we compartmentalize the people of our nation?

Irish Americans (Country)
African Americans (Continent)
Hispanic Americans (Of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America)
Asian American (Really?, So are we talking Korean, Chinese, Thai, ........or Japanese?)
Wait Japanese is just Japanese American.

Sammy Davis Junior................Jewish American or African American? I'm confused............

So why exactly don't we have any Catholic Americans, English Americans, French Americans, Canadian Americans, Pentecostal or Baptist Americans? And if all life started in the fertile crescent or more likely in Africa, aren't we all African Americans? If Ernie Els (Caucasian African Pro Golfer) decided to become a U.S. citizen, would he be an African-American?

How about the term people of color as I referenced above? Ya know it really sucks being clear. Why are people described as white? Obviously no one is white. That's it! From this day forward I demand to be described as a French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun - American. Otherwise I will feel descriminated against and will file a suit on behalf of my people. How freaking stupid does this sound?!?!?!?!?

I promise you that I did not travel half way around the world for a second time away from my lovely wife and four children to defend the freedom of a particular feel good group of people who like to describe themselves in this manner. I'm here for AMERICANS period. One Nation under God............................ That melting pot seems to be filled with oil and water lately.

July 2, 2010  07:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#27):

From this day forward I demand to be described as a French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun - American. Otherwise I will feel descriminated against and will file a suit on behalf of my people.

I'll buy you a beer. What kind of beer do French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun - American people drink ?

July 3, 2010  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#27):

I'll make a minor correction to your information regarding the 256 IBCT. The Louisiana National Guard is NOT known as the Tiger Brigade. Only the 256 IBCT is known as the Tiger Brigade. There are 4 other MACOMs (Major Commands) in the state that are not called the Tiger Brigade, just the 3,000 of us. How many "People of Translucency" are on the Jackson State, Alcorn, or Mississippi Valley State teams? That's right, only players "of color" play for these teams with very few exceptions. But of course, there is nothing wrong with this. Nothing to do with football but why must we compartmentalize the people of our nation?Irish Americans (Country)African Americans (Continent)Hispanic Americans (Of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America)Asian American (Really?, So are we talking Korean, Chinese, Thai, ........or Japanese?)Wait Japanese is just Japanese American.Sammy Davis Junior................Jewish American or African American? I'm confused............So why exactly don't we have any Catholic Americans, English Americans, French Americans, Canadian Americans, Pentecostal or Baptist Americans? And if all life started in the fertile crescent or more likely in Africa, aren't we all African Americans? If Ernie Els (Caucasian African Pro Golfer) decided to become a U.S. citizen, would he be an African-American?How about the term people of color as I referenced above? Ya know it really sucks being clear. Why are people described as white? Obviously no one is white. That's it! From this day forward I demand to be described as a French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun - American. Otherwise I will feel descriminated against and will file a suit on behalf of my people. How freaking stupid does this sound?!?!?!?!? I promise you that I did not travel half way around the world for a second time away from my lovely wife and four children to defend the freedom of a particular feel good group of people who like to describe themselves in this manner. I'm here for AMERICANS period. One Nation under God............................ That melting pot seems to be filled with oil and water lately.

From this day forward I demand to be described as a French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun

Baptist, huh? And I thought we could be friends.... LOL

Good post

July 3, 2010  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#28):

I'll buy you a beer. What kind of beer do French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun - American people drink ?

If he is a GOOD Baptist, must drink sweet tea or water. That's why I switched to Methodist. However, when I was Lutheran I found that they served real wine during communion. Went down 3 times

July 3, 2010  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#28):

I'll buy you a beer. What kind of beer do French-English-Scandanavian-Baptist-Cajun - American people drink ?

The Cajun will drink anything that he can get his hands on.......the Baptist requires that it must be consumed on the back porch...........Ha!

July 3, 2010  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#30):

If he is a GOOD Baptist, must drink sweet tea or water. That's why I switched to Methodist. However, when I was Lutheran I found that they served real wine during communion. Went down 3 times

Well I'am a German Irish American Protestant so I guess anything goes.

July 3, 2010  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#31):

The Cajun will drink anything that he can get his hands on.......the Baptist requires that it must be consumed on the back porch...........Ha!

Well I'll buy it and you can drink it anywhere you like.

July 3, 2010  12:51 PM ET

My family's suggestion: A squirrel. Reasoning: the Mississippi Squirrel Revival by Ray Stevens. Meaning they will do anything to revive their program.

July 3, 2010  06:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

The Deep South....--1963-- Alabama Governor, George Wallace, makes his 'stand in the schoolhouse door' to prevent two black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama.--Mid 1960's--Mississippi creates all-white private academies to avoid Federal desegregation laws. --1970--The University of Alabama, with just 1 black starter, loses at home to Southern California 21-42 - as USC's black tailback, Sam Cunningham, rushes for 2 td's.Bear Bryant becomes convinced that he can no longer compete for national championships without black players. He begins to recruit more blacks. Most of the rest of the SEC follows his lead.--Early 1970's--Most SEC teams have more black players. Ole Miss still has very few. Many black athletes boycott Ole Miss due to the Rebel mascot and the tradition of fans waving confederate flags at games. Ole Miss' W-L record suffers.(--Backtrack to 1940--)Ole Miss students begin the tradition of electing 1 student as 'Colonel Reb'. It is the highest honorary position a male student can receive. It is traditionally only given to whites.--1989--A black Ole Miss player, 'Chucky' Mullins, is permanently paralyzed in a game vs Vanderbilt. Citizens from MS and around the country donate over $1 million to his trust fund. At the time, there were 7 candidates running for 'Colonel Reb'. All 7 issued a joint letter to the school's newspaper withdrawing from the election in favor of Mullins. 'Chucky' became only the 2nd black male ever to receive the honor.--2004--Sylvester Croom becomes the head coach at Mississippi State. He is the 1st ever black SEC coach.--2009-- Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss) sets several school and SEC records as he leads Ole Miss to a 9 win season. Dexter is black.Mark Ingram (Alabama) wins the Heisman trophy and leads his team to the BCS NCG. His teammate Trent Richardson scores 2 td's in the BCS NCG. Both are black.Today roughly one half of all college football athletes are black.

BTW DipSh!tBob....this post offends me. Why do you have to post something like this...what does it matter in this day and age????

July 3, 2010  06:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#31):

The Cajun will drink anything that he can get his hands on.......the Baptist requires that it must be consumed on the back porch...........Ha!

Point my friend....best place to find Baptist deacons is the liquor store in the next county....

July 4, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE:

I kinda like the blues angle, but Rebel Blues Musician is a bit awkward. Maybe Rebel Blues? Legend has it that Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil at the crossroads to obtain his extraordinary blues guitar playing and singing skills. Perhaps the Ole Miss Rebs need to make such a deal to win the SEC. But I think he is happy at Bama.Just kiddin.

"But I think he is happy at Bama"

That's funny, I don't care who you are, that's funny!

July 4, 2010  10:35 AM ET

Ole Miss Rebels! Why force them to change the mascot that goes with the moniker? I believe this country is going overboard, with all the sensitivity hogwash.

 
July 4, 2010  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#38):

Ole Miss Rebels! Why force them to change the mascot that goes with the moniker? I believe this country is going overboard, with all the sensitivity hogwash.

Here here <Raise glass>

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