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Admiral Ackbar Closer to Ole Miss Mascot Status

2/24/2010 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Admiral Ackbar -- the Supreme Commander of the Rebel Alliance fleet -- is one step closer to becoming the new on-field mascot for the University of Mississippi.

Admiral Ackbar

Ole Miss is in the middle of a movement to replace their old mascot -- Colonel Reb -- after the school decided they wanted to update their image.

Tuesday, the students voted in favor of crowning a new mascot to represent Rebel Nation ... and the favorite so far is none other than the most famous Mon Calamari in the entire universe.

Several pro-Ackbar websites have recently emerged -- making the Admiral the heavy favorite. The University tells us the decision on the mascot is entirely in the hands of the student mascot committee. The University will hold a vote in the near future -- we'll keep you updated.

May The Force be with you.

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MaegMaeg    

Awesome!
I wonder what George Lucas is going to charge for licensing the Admiral? He should do it for free just for the pun of it.

1610 days ago
17.

Eric    

The vote is actually whether the students want to be involved in developing a new mascot or not, the vote is not about what they want the mascot to be....

From the Daily Mississippian web page -

University of Mississippi students have chosen to lead the way in developing a new on-field mascot, based on results from Tuesday’s campus-wide vote.

Nearly 75 percent of participating students (2,510 of 3,366 votes) voted in favor of beginning a student-led initiative to create a new representative for the Ole Miss Rebels.

1610 days ago
18.

river rat    

Admiral Ackbar bears a striking resemblance to Joe Jackson!

1610 days ago
19.

Jeff    

It's a Trap Admiral!

1610 days ago
20.

Ziggy    

Dag, Joan Rivers looking good these days. Oh, that's not Joan Rivers? Dang, could have fooled me.

1610 days ago
21.

spyteris    

Just to be clear:

the majority of Ole Miss students DO NOT want to change, replace, update, or otherwise alter our mascot of Colonel Reb. He is part of our tradition, not a piece of leftover Confederate memorabilia. If anyone is offended, ask yourself, "Now, what is the difference between the NAACP Awards, and a mostly white school with old and beloved Southern traditions?"
The fact that maybe, just maybe, the two may be mutually exclusive? No. It is a thing of heritage. Everyone stop feigning racial injustice and or socio-political discomfort and wave the good damn flag with us. It's a wonderful song we have (or excuse me, HAD), too. Oh, and Colonel Reb takes pictures with anyone, even if they don't match the color of his beard.

1610 days ago
22.

justSAYIN    

There's something fishy about this story...

1610 days ago
23.

Jason    

Spyteris,

How about one group is based on survival and the other is based in racism and using said group for personal and financial gain?

Racism is easy to understand for most, but for some reason those in the south just do not get it.

1610 days ago
24.

KraftJerk    

@ Spyteris. Well your poorly conceived or researched points are pretty much moot at this stage. We will have a new mascot and it will be decided through a student committee. And maybe this time we'll pick one that does not offend so much of our student body, because frankly we are a public university and it's time that we start acting like one.

1610 days ago
25.

KraftJerk    

EDIT: it will be decided with student input

1610 days ago
26.

wtf    

Why not have two or three mascots like some of the neighboring colleges.

1610 days ago
27.

o rly    

EVER SEE SIMONE? IT'S A TARP! SIMONE'S A TARP!

1610 days ago
28.

tom    

tmz sucks!!! you are vulchers of life!!!

1610 days ago
29.

Randy Wait    

A vote huh! wasn't there a vote in the past when the idiot idea to get rid of the colonel reb first came about? and wasn't the results of said vote (by the students) around 93% in favor to keep colonel reb as the mascot? What good would a new vote now do if the democratic vote already taken to keep the best mascot in the SEC wasn't accepted? This is more bull $*!# by the university pr folks to keep the colonel from attending any sporting avents assiociated with the rebels. SAVE COLONEL REB!!!!!

1610 days ago
30.

Mikey    

A penis with eyeballs for a mascot. Genius!

1610 days ago
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