Sep 14, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT
Mississippi voters may get a chance to cast their ballot for President, Vice President and Colonel Reb in 2012. Yep. Rebel Black Bear has been the official mascot at Ole Miss for several months now, but somewhere in Dixie, the school’s deposed former mascot, Col. Reb, is plotting his comeback. Supporters have organized a PAC, with the goal to get Col. Reb on the ballot in 2012 to be reinstated as the University of Mississippi’s mascot. Col. Reb was tossed out by the school in 2004 amidst claims that he fostered negative southern stereotypes. The school went without a mascot until 2010, when Rebel Black Bear was chosen in a vote by students.
By Col. Reb supporters have always been on the sideline, grumbling. They will not let this go.
Members of the Colonel Reb Political Action Committee are seeking 100,000 registered voters to sign its petition for Initiative Measure No. 37, which would put Colonel Reb, the longtime mascot for the University of Mississippi, on the state ballot in 2012 or 2014.
The PAC announced last week that Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has approved and certified Initiative 37, which would allow voters to decide whether the Colonel should be restored as the Ole Miss mascot.
The 100,000 signatures must be evenly divided among the former map of Mississippi’s five congressional districts.
It’s unclear whether a government election can force a university to adopt a mascot. Get rid of a mascot, yes. Besides, this whole thing seems to me like an elaborate plot for Col. Reb to meet girls.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
- None found
- PBT: LeBron stuns Pacers with OT winner in Game 1
- Pens overwhelm Sens, take 3-1 series lead
- Tiger calls Sergio's comments inappropriate, hurtful
- Bears great Urlacher announces retirement
- HBT: Canseco suspect in Vegas sexual assault
- Posnanski on Golf: Sergio shows disdain for Tiger
- OlyTalk: Coach K will lead Team USA in Rio Games