“For five years since October 2010, Rebel the Black Bear has been Ole Miss’ official mascot. However, many fans continue to disagree with the Ole Miss Mascot Selection Committee for choosing the black bear.
Sam Fowlkes, a student at the University of Mississippi, joins the dissenters. He has started a petition on Change.org to change the Ole Miss’ official mascot to the Landsharks.
He wrote below:
“Everywhere you look on gameday in Oxford, the story is all about the Landshark. Whether it is in the defense making plays, the hype video, the flag waving, or even the fan cams, the landshark is an embodiment of the team and the University. This petition is a preliminary attempt to gather interest from the student body and alumni on potentially associating the Landshark with the University of Mississippi. The only apparent association with Ole Miss and the Black Bear is the mascot on the field; however, this petition and further actions are not an attempt to undo the past or any work done on the previous mascots. The Landshark has a distinct relationship to the students, faculty, and alumni, and I am trying to determine if there is enough support for me to pursue future actions. With your help, I can present the ASB senate with a tangible petition showing support, where we can then determine future actions on changing of the mascot.”
“Sooner” isn’t the only mascot that students are clamoring for change.
While “landshark” might seem like a random choice for the new mascot, students claim it comes from 2008 when a defensive player put up a fin after a big play. Which is what OU players did a few years ago, calling the defense “the sharks.”