Statement from the Rebel Mascot Selection Committee
The poll of Ole Miss students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticket holders closed today at 5 p.m., and the Rebel Mascot Selection Committee plans to review the results of the poll as quickly as possible. The results and a final mascot selection are expected to be released publicly by the committee later this week and also will be posted to this website.
The poll opened Oct. 6 and contains artist’s renderings and descriptions of three finalist concepts – Rebel Black Bear, Rebel Land Shark and Hotty Toddy. More than 13,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticket holders responded to the first poll, with more than 96 percent of those participants responding positively to at least one of the concepts.
Earlier in the selection process, focus groups representing different parts of the Ole Miss community identified characteristics that are vital to a new Rebels mascot. According to those groups, the ultimate mascot should unify the Ole Miss community, have a Mississippi connection, be unique, adapt from the Grove to the game, fit the Ole Miss culture, project a proud image, be timeless and not trendy, have the ability to be active and appeal to children.
The mascot development process began this past spring with a review of more than 1,000 suggestions from the Ole Miss community and 33 focus groups. From that list, the selection committee submitted 11 concepts for input. Following months of working with the Ole Miss community to select a mascot, the committee is excited to learn which concept was most popular and eager to announce the new mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels.