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Ole Miss Mascot

Posted on: March 2, 2010 9:30 am
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 As an alum of Ole Miss, I am pissed about this whole situation. The reality is Ole Miss did not have a mascot. The administration removed the Colonel several years ago. Now the adminstration with the ASB, had a "vote" about a new mascot. Most couched the vote as the students voted for something else. The reality is that the students were not really given a choice. They could have voted to continue with no mascot or get a new one. Around 30% of the students voted and a majority voted for something new over nothing at all, The Colonel was never on the ballot. Why? Because the Colonel would have won.

It is sad to see professors and former educators that are now administrators being hypocrites They talk about grandiose ideas of freedom of speech and expression. They even talk about granting freedom of speech and expression to those who have some ideas that are very dangerous, sick or truly strange all in the name of truth. In the ivory towers of higher education, these ideas of freedom of speech and expression exist without question but their actual practices are far from their words.The reality is they do not practice what they preach. Shame on the adminstration for doing this.


I really hope this hurts Ole Miss in the end. I hope sales of merchandize falls and the pain is felt in the Lyceum. I will say one thing that is good. I have a bunch of stuff with the Colonel all over it.
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Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2010 9:24 am
 

Ole Miss Mascot

Below is a link to a great pictoral history of the helmet.  However, the helmets prior to 1975 show up a little darker in the photos than I think they were.  The picture of the 83-94 helmet is more reflective of the "Robin Egg Blue" helmets that the article describes as "Royal/Powder Blue".  Robin Egg Blue is the official color of the lighter shade of blue as I discovered looking into it a little further. 

Interesting history of the Robin Egg Blue that is commented on by one of the posters following the helmet article.  Evidently, Vaught ordered new helmets one year and just before the season kickoff they arrived, but were the "wrong" color.  The team had no choice but to use the lighter blue helmets and they stuck.  To me that's what traditions are all about.  I'd like to see a return to the Robin Egg Blue if only for one game each year like the throw-back idea floated above in another post.




Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Ole Miss Mascot

Very interesting read Capt. The helmets were faded blue in the 70's.  I like the helmets now and wouldn't trade it for anything. I just hate the way things are going on at Ole Miss. No Dixie, No Flags, No Colonel, and who knows what is in the works. I sure hope the powers that be recognize that they are the biggest group of hyprocrites to have ever walked the earth besides Jimmy Swaggart. Great company to be with.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Ole Miss Mascot

Me too. I don't want some disney character reject on the sidelines. Nothing would be better than that.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 10:14 pm
 

Ole Miss Mascot

Yes.  It's not necessary to have a mascot on the sidelines.  I just hope you don't end up with something like "Sammy Slug" the banana slug at the University of California - Santa Cruz.  A banana slug is a large yellow slug that lives in the forests of northern California.




By the way, you can look at reproductions of vintage Ole Miss helmets going back to 1949 at

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Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Ole Miss Mascot

Just a couple of other items this made me think of.

During the 1970's the logo on the Ole Miss football helmet was the little red Colonel Logo.  When Billy Brewer was hired as the head coach after the 1982 season he replaced the Colonel logo with the current script logo of "Ole Miss" that we still have today.  Interestingly enough, the costumed cheerleader Colonel Reb Mascot first debuted in 1979.  So the Colonel reigned supreme on the helmet and on the sideline for a whopping 3 years.  Not really a rich tradition by most standards.

I bring all this up only to point out that the Colonel has been fading away gradually over the past 28 years.  Brewer is credited as being the first Ole Miss coach to really successfully recruit black atheltes to Ole Miss.  I think he wanted the Colonel gone then and took the first step replacing him on the uniform with the script.  Since then, if you look closely at all things Ole Miss, the Ole Miss script has been much more prominent as the leading logo for the university.  The Colonel is still out there, but "Ole Miss" is used a lot more than the little red guy.  Just look at the Ole Miss team page right here on CBS Sports.  It's the script, not the Colonel.   

Brewer and the helmet.  While I am at it, I think the helmet was dark blue in the 1970's, similar to what we have today.  Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think Billy Brewer brought back the faded blue (sky blue) helmets which had been used during the 1960's when he played.  Tommy Tuberville returned to the dark blue helmet that matches the blue jerseys.

For what it's worth, I actually like the faded blue helmet better even though all other SEC fans brilliantly observed that our helmet didn't match our jersey.  I guess each of us like things the way they were when we were there.  The 1970's had dark blue like the 1950's.  The 1980's had light blue like the 1960's.  And for the past 14 years, we've been back with dark blue.  Maybe we need to look at bringing something back instead of just getting rid of everything.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Ole Miss Mascot

The little Red Colonel logo on your coffee mug, tervis tumbler, golf bag, etc., is not going away anytime soon.  That registered trademark had nothing to do with the recent ASB vote.  The recent vote ONLY dealt with finding a replacement for the cheerleader wearing the big, fuzzy, costumed caricature of the Colonel that used to do stupid human tricks on the sidelines during the games and out on the field entertaining kindergarteners and drunk co-eds during pre-game, half-time and post-game entertainment.

We are still the Rebels and the Colonel is still our logo, but he is no longer the mascot, if that makes sense  Though we are continuously emasculated to the point that eventually Rebels will go away also, just through the course of events that have yet to play out. 

I recently saw an interesting show on ESPN or somewhere interviewing a lady that worked in the Rebel Bookstore and the University will continue to own the Colonel Rebel Logo for a very long time.  It is a registered trademark of the school and if they did not maintain ownership rights to that logo, others could use it in ways that might not reflect favorably on the Univeristy.  In any event, the logo isn't changing.


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