Rebel Black Bear is Ole Miss mascot

Updated: October 14, 2010, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- It took seven years, but the University of Mississippi has a substitute for a beloved and reviled mascot who brought the Confederacy to mind. The new guy is still a rebel, only cuddlier.

"Rebel Black Bear" won 62 percent of the vote in a final poll, the school announced Thursday. Its athletic programs will keep the Rebels nickname.

It has been more than a decade since Ole Miss began stripping away its images of the Old South. Confederate battle flags were first to ...

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