In 2003, the University dropped Colonel Reb from appearing at games because he was "offensive". The strange thing is that I can somewhat understand this train of thought. If a southern plantation owner is offensive to African-Americans, that makes sense. But when I saw Colonel Reb as a kid, I never thought of him as a plantation owner. I just thought he was a cool looking old dude with a big head. But whatever. Does he offend you?
Anyway, I think the bear is a stupid idea. Maybe it will rub off on me, I dunno. I'm an Ole Miss fan and have been for my entire life...but honestly, a mascot is the least of their worries. If your football team is lousy, why do you need a mascot?
And now for some amusing tweets/Facebook statuses on the subject (edited for content, not spelling).
@Scoot29 HOW DA **** OLE MISS COME UP WITH A BLACK BEAR 4 A MASCOT ??? IT'S TOO ***ING BLACK BEARS N DA WHOLE STATE !!!
Ricky Murphy The only way to make Rebel Bear ok with me is if they put a real bear on the field like MSU does with Bully.
Mike Poole a black bear. Hotty Toddy? On my way to see Clinton speak, maybe he'll repute the vote as a stupid idea.pid idea.
If the Ackbar tweet doesn't make sense to you, check out this video.