Their campaign saw an internet-celebrated push for Admiral Ackbar that unfortunately fell foul to copyright law and Mississippi’s general desire to not be the dorkiest college in the country. (If Georgia Tech was looking for a new mascot, on the other hand…) Students threatened to transfer, parents declared their children would go elsewhere, and the ridiculous idea died with the appointment of a student committee:
Officials say there’s virtually no chance the fish-faced leader of the Rebel Alliance in the movie could become the on-field mascot for the Rebels of Ole Miss.
The Associated Student Body president dismisses it as “comic relief.”
But not all is lost, because the student committee’s just released a number of possibilities, many sublimely ridiculous. There’s even an anthropomorphic ocean-going creature up for consideration:
REBEL LAND SHARK
The Rebel Land Shark loves to wear the Rebel “red & blue” and when any Ole Miss team has a big play, the Land Shark enjoys dancing to the “Jaws” theme song. He is a very friendly character – except when someone challenges any Rebel athletics team.