Ole Miss names new mascot: Landsharks

Ole Miss names new mascot: Landsharks”

According to a letter from Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Jeff Vitter, the change should take place prior to the 2018 season.

The University of MS will take the landshark as the school's new on-field mascot, upending the short reign of the black bear.

"I want to state unequivocally that we are - and always will be - the Ole Miss Rebels", the president firmly stated, no doubt referencing some who would like to see a new nickname to go along with the new mascot. Ole Miss' new mascot will be the "Landshark", which has been an unofficial nickname for the university's athletic teams for almost a decade. Seven years later, students voted for the Rebel Black Bear as the new mascot over other choices that included the Rebel Landshark.

"The growth of the Landshark mystique over the last seven years has been phenomenal with every athletics team embracing it", Vitter wrote.

"We are proud of our students and their leadership and active engagement as important members of our university community".

Last week, it was reported by the Daily Mississippian that 81 percent of Ole Miss' student body voted to replace the bear with the Landshark. 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.

Ole Miss introduced Rebel the Black Bear in 2010 after retiring Colonel Reb.

The Ole Miss Athletics Department will be charged in large part with developing and designing the mascot. It became something Ole Miss fans embraced as a gesture in 2008 when Rebel linebacker Tony Fein made the "fins up" gesture on the playing field.

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