'It's A Trap!' Admiral Ackbar May Become Ole Miss Mascot
OXFORD, Mississippi (CBS) -- The University of Mississippi has drawn criticism over the years for its mascot, "Colonel Reb." The mascot was associated with the old South and was considered racist by some.
This week, the students voted to replace Colonel Reb, but the replacement may have some saying, "It's a trap!," reports CBS station WFOR-TV in Miami.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that a movement is gaining steam to make Admiral Ackbar, from the Star Wars movies, to be the next on-field mascot for Ole Miss. Ackbar appeared in the movie Return of the Jedi as the leader of the Alliance fleet.
According to StarWars.com, Ackbar is roughly 6-feet tall and has "great skills and sterling character and a symbol that the Alliance is fighting for everyone, no matter what their background or origin."
But, if Ackbar is chosen by the students, the problem becomes whether Star Wars creator and director George Lucas would allow the university to use Ackbar as the mascot.