Ole Miss is changing their official mascot… again.
Since 2010, Rebel the Bear has been the mascot for the athletic program and that was the choice after “Colonel Reb” went away back in 2003. This time around, Ole Miss is going with a landshark and Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Jeff Vitter announced the change in an official letter.
The Oxford Eagle brings word from Vitter:
“Today, I’m excited to announce that we will move forward with the Landshark as the official mascot and retire Rebel the Bear. Athletics will be charged with designing, developing, and launching the Landshark mascot, with an anticipated unveiling before the 2018 season.
“In closing, I want to state unequivocally that we are — and always will be — the Ole Miss Rebels. And I am asking all Rebels to unite around our new Landshark mascot.”