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Admiral Ackbar Ole Miss | USsPost.com

February 24, 2010 by Post Team 

Admiral Ackbar Ole MissAdmiral Ackbar Ole Miss | USsPost.com:The campaign for Admiral Ackbar is gaining Internet, if not intergalactic, steam.

Tuesday, Ole Miss students voted to find a new mascot to replace the abandoned Colonel Reb. A student committee to develop and propose a new mascot will be formed soon.

Ackbar, a member of the Mon Calamari species who led the Rebel Alliance ships into the Battle of Endor, appears to be the early favorite. He has more than 14,000 Facebook fans. Websites like notatrap.org — “It’s a trap!” was his famous line — are promoting Ackbar’s candidacy.

“Who wants a Colonel when you could have an Admiral?” the Web site asks, before launching into “The Story of Ole Miss Ackbar.”

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … Admiral Ackbar received a deep space transmission of SEC coverage. He found that he couldn’t stop watching everything from football to volleyball. One team stood out to him, the Ole Miss Rebels. He led the Galactic Rebellion, and he knew he needed to be with the Ole Miss Rebels. And so, he started the long trek to Oxford, Miss.”

The Colonel, who served as the official mascot for 24 years, was discontinued in 2003 when school officials decided his image was a bit too Old South and might offend some minorities.

The character still appears at pregame tailgating festivities on the Ole Miss campus, but he has no official role with the school.

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