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Introducing the Rebel Black Bear

Somewhere, Colonel Reb is probably quietly sipping a toddy.

He's officially been replaced as Ole Miss' mascot by the Rebel Black Bear in a controversial process that got heated at times on both sides of the argument.

In the end, political correctness won out. Colonel Reb was sent packing in 2003. And, finally, after a long, drawn-out affair, the Rebel Bear was selected over the Rebel Land Shark and Hotty Toddy as the new Ole Miss mascot.

I'm glad we finally got that settled.

As long as they don't ban tailgating in The Grove, I can live with a new mascot roaming the sideline at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.