Black bear replaces Colonel Reb
The University of Mississippi football team has a new mascot after the controversial goateed Southern planter mascot, dating from 1979, was retired by school officials six years ago. Colonel Reb was forced out of a job following the retirement of other symbols from the Civil War era, including the Confederate flag.
The newly elected mascot is the Rebel Black Bear, a cuddly man-sized bear who will wear a variety of costumes. The voters included students, alumni and ticket holders. The football team will continue to be known as the Mississippi Rebels.
Images of the new mascot can be seen on the university web site.
| October 15, 2010; 9:54 AM ET
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