Legislator pushes bill to restore Colonel Reb as Ole Miss mascot
The University of Mississippi retired Colonel Reb as its mascot in 2003.
January 28th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

Legislator pushes bill to restore Colonel Reb as Ole Miss mascot

A state legislator apparently misses Colonel Reb so much, he's pushing a bill to bring the former University of Mississippi mascot back.

He also wants the college band to play "Dixie" at games - even on the road.

"The University of Mississippi shall bear the nickname 'Ole Miss Rebels' and its mascot shall be 'Colonel Rebel,'" states House Bill 1106.

"The University of Mississippi's marching band ... shall play the song 'Dixie' before, during and after home and away football games and basketball games at which the band, or a portion of the band, is present," the legislation states.

Under the bill, which is authored by Democratic state Rep. Mark DuVall of Mantachic, the band would be required to play "From Dixie with Love" only once - during halftime.

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  1. bf248js

    Racism is alive and well in the want to be united states. There are some mean spirited people who just keep trying to go back to the old ways and the old days. If it is not the "ole miss mascot", "dixie", "the confederate flag, "colonel billy-bob reb", "anchor-babies/birth rights" or the view that one has the right to impose racist traditions based on slavery and segregation on others, I don't know what this country is coming to. Remember "timothy mc vea", perhaps the real terrorist have been here all along. America please take a look in the mirror. We need to start following all the rules we preach to people in countries. "THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK."

    January 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eric

    Colonel Lingus
    Colonel Lingus
    Colonel Lingus

    Say it out loud and the girls will come running. If done right, you will keep them coming!

    January 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. eric

    Who loves Colonel Lingus as much as I do?

    January 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Veritas

    The house had to rush that healthcare vote to make way for the pressing business of, House Bill 1106. People will certainly die without healthcare, but we must keep Col. Reb and the hate filled ideology alive and well. Oh and we must hear from Dixie with love to rub it in how they won the civil war NOT!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haskel Rogers

      This is just another example where "we" don't need to do or say anthing that would offend anyone in order to be politically correct. Next lets stop playing the national anthum because some people may not like it it. I guess the next thing will be to end prayer in church. Where will it all end.

      February 14, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thespoileddjseuropeandamerica

    behold here the hip hop masks of revolution..worldwide illusion selling..see the light. it was a mile wide illusion and one centimeter deep.. Lacking any intellectual or legal substance..endless shouting like politicians over stale beats of stale ambitions.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ned Baitey

    COL.REB The mascot was inspired by the blind,retarted child of a deaf slave named Jim Ivy.

    January 30, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Hotty Toddy

      Thank you for pointing this out. It is refreshing to see an educated opinion posted here.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eric

    Here's to the blind retards!!

    January 30, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sharon Norris

    I wonder how many black football and basketball recruits or current team members will decide to go elsewhere if this happens? I can't imagine it won't affect the quality of their teams. If it threatens to do so, that might make the legislators let well enough alone...

    January 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern Belle

      Ever seen the movie "Blind Side?" Michael Oher played for Ole Miss . . and actually chose them over many other teams. He now plays for the Ravens. Why don't you ask him how he feels about Ole Miss? How about Deuce McAlister who played for the Saints?? Or maybe you could ask Dexter McCluster of the Kansas City Chiefs. These are all great American football players who played for the Ole Miss Rebels. They didn't flee from the Colonel.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NuckinFuts

    Let's pretend this legislator isn't racist for a moment. Perhaps he's one of these anti-PC guys who does things just to not be politically correct. Really I work with many Black people and they are not always angry and screaming racism every chance they get. Everyone gets along at my work and if there's one thing that makes someone upset (like slavery) then out of the decency I was taught by my parents I would be courteous enough to respect that. Why can't these clowns in power do the same?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. murican

    The south is gross. Who cares?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Traveler

      What is gross about the South??? Have you ever visited there?? Did you know the South is one of the most beautiful sections of this whole wonderful country of ours?? It has the most beautiful beaches, rolling hills, wonderful food, great hospitality, beautiful women, great fresh water and sea fishing, hot casinos, Rhodes Scholars, and is a very cultured part of this country. In fact, the Moscow Ballet goes to Jackson, MS. Singers from Leotyne Price to Elvis Presley to Faith Hill, writers from William Faulkner to John Grisham to Eudora Welty, song writers from Jimmy Buffet to Jimmy Weatherly (who wrote Midnight Train to Georgia and most of Gladys Knight's big hits . . and who also was a quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels) to B B King, football players from Jerry Rice to Walter Peyton to Brett Farv to Archie Manning, actors from Morgan Freeman to Sela Ward, and four Miss Americas all hale from Mississippi. NASA has a space center located in Mississippi. Toyota and Nissan are located there. What is gross about any of this?? It is a wonderful place and you should visit it some time before you form such an opinion.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jbond

    If the students of the school want Reb back then being him back!! No more racist than black history month or holiday for MLK!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
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