It's Official! Ole Miss Has A New Mascot: The Landshark

OXFORD, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - It’s official. The new mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels is the Landshark. University of Mississippi chancellor Jeff Vitter tweeted out the results Friday morning.

 

 

 

University of Mississippi students cast their ballots all last week as to whether they wanted 'Rebel the Black Bear' or the 'Landshark' as a mascot. This is the first change to Ole Miss’ on-field mascot for the first time in seven years.

 

The school retired ‘Colonel Reb’ in 2003. Landshark replaces ‘Rebel the Black Bear,’ Ole Miss’ mascot since 2010. The bear was the winner of a three-way vote that year between students, alumni, and season ticket holders. Landshark finished second in that election.

 

Chancellor Vitter posted the following letter to the University of Mississippi website:

 

We are proud of our students and their leadership and active engagement as important members of our university community.  We recognize that their efforts stem from a desire to unify the Ole Miss family.  The results of the Landshark poll confirm the sentiments that Ross and I have heard since arriving on campus — that the Landshark and “Fins Up” have become synonymous with the positive spirit and strength of our athletics program and the “Never Quit” attitude of Rebel Nation.

 

Upon learning of the ASB poll of students, we sought input from the executive committees of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, the Staff Council, the Faculty Senate, and the Graduate Student Council, as well as from the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Spirit Squad head coaches.  In each case, the support for the Landshark mascot was unanimous.  In addition, the past presidents of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and the boards of the Alumni Association and M-Club enthusiastically endorsed the action of the Alumni Association executive committee.

Indeed, the growth of the Landshark mystique over the last seven years has been phenomenal with every athletics team embracing it, including such standouts as Marshall Henderson with basketball and Kaitlin Lee with softball, in leading their respective teams to SEC championships.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we will move forward with the Landshark as the official mascot and retire Rebel the Bear.  Athletics will be charged with designing, developing, and launching the Landshark mascot, with an anticipated unveiling before the 2018 season.

 

In closing, I want to state unequivocally that we are — and always will be — the Ole Miss Rebels.  And I am asking all Rebels to unite around our new Landshark mascot.

 

Hotty Toddy and Fins Up!

Jeffrey S. Vitter

Chancellor and Distinguished Professor


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