Ole Miss to Limit Access to Colonel Reb Image

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Colonel Reb could soon become a collector's item as the University of Mississippi moves to further reduce its old mascot's visibility by limiting its image on merchandise.

The university has asked Collegiate Licensing Company to place Colonel Reb in its College Vault Program. There, he'll join other university emblems, mascots and images from around the country that are regarded as historical trademarks that are only produced for special or commemorative events.

Ole Miss holds the trademark for Colonel Reb, the caricature of an Old South gentleman who was the school's mascot for decades before he was dropped in 2003.

The school's director of contractual services, Clay Jones, said the move helps make way for the new mascot that will be chosen by students in coming months.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    RJ if it offends the "black players the nyou know what they shouldnt attend ole miss! im well aware that not all black players are offended by it but dont make it sound like they are doin anybody a favor by playing sports there... thats something that they choose and they are well aware that ole miss is the "rebels" when they choose to go to school there!!!!!
  • by RJ Location: Meridian on Mar 18, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    You rednecks should get real. If you are to continue to financially benefit off the backs of the sideway hat wearing, saggin pants wearing, gold teeth shining brothers & sisters who play sports (new slavery) for you; the least you could do is not insult them by displaying a flag, revealing when you were making money off them the WAY!
  • by C Location: Meridian on Mar 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    To "Paw Paw"---That thing you said about Our Mississippi Flag---they've already outlawed the "Rebel Flag" at the games,it has been changed to display a big M on the flag inplace of the traditional "stars and bars" the Rebel Battle Flag plus just a few years ago the State Flag was under attack,there was a vote taken and the new ideas for a new look were defeated---Look for this attack to continue until there is a new Mississippi State Flag--"They" will never stop---sad but true
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    it is so about race!!!!!! if not they would still be playen dixie and waven rebel flags. lord forbid we aoofend someone ! brittany honey you nailed it! maybe if colonel reb was a thug then they would leave him alone!
  • by An Asian on Mar 18, 2010 at 03:34 AM
    Hey dumb asses this isn't about race! They are changing the mascot that's it. And who is complaining about COLONEL REB NOBODY. You just make up reasons to bitch and moan and blame racist.
  • by Brittany on Mar 17, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    This is absolutely insane.. here it is people.. you know what Ole Miss stands for when you choose to attend college there, therefore if the rebel flag, colonel reb or dixie bothers you then DONT ______ GO! i am sick and tired of the crying of a few effecting the many. im not even an ole miss fan but this goes way past that, this is about our southern heritage. i guess they should go with a mascot who wears his hat sideways, his pants down around his knees and a mouth full of gold teeth. maybe then the "offended" will get their way. get a life and deal with the fact you live in the South or do us all a favor and get the heck out!
  • by C Location: Meridian on Mar 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    A few weeks back I suggested that since The University of Mississippi was slowly losing its history and heritage and identity--just do away with Ole Miss and let it become an off campus branch of Jackson State----that should satisify the "PC" group
  • by C Location: Meridian on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Just one more thing that has become "POLITICALLY INCORRECT" in these present times--COLONEL REB---REST IN PEACE----We maybe can get a "bebop break dancer"---like those on Burbon Street in New Orleans---to roll around on the side lines--That would really throw out a great image--GO home boyz
  • by Wanda on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Like cowbells at an MSU game, Now the colonel will be EVERYWHERE!
  • by Paw Paw Location: Union on Mar 17, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    It's That Time,The Cry Babys Always get Their Way,Why Is It That We Always Have To Do Away With Our Heritage To Please A Few People,This is Sad,The next Thing You See They Will Be Out To get Our Mississippi Flag,Everything Seems To Be Racist To A Select Few," I Say Get Over it Cry Baby".
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