JACKSON, Miss. — University of Mississippi students voted Tuesday for the school to pursue a new mascot to replace Colonel Reb, the goateed Southern gent banished from the sidelines nearly seven years ago as the school continued its move away from symbols of the Old South.
The university’s Associated Student Body released the results of the online election after voting ended at 5 p.m. CT.
“This wasn’t about Colonel Reb at all. This is a new body of students. This vote is about deciding that we need a new personification of what a Rebel is,” said John Kaiser, the Associated Student Body’s deputy attorney general of election.