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Admiral Akbar for Ole Miss's new mascot


JACKSON, Miss. (WKOW) -- Students at the University of Mississippi are looking for a new mascot, and they think they found a perfect match in Admiral Ackbar of "Star Wars" fame.

Officials with the University say it's "comic relief" to think the fish-faced admiral of the Rebel Alliance could become the mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Yet, "Star Wars" fanatics aren't deterred from promoting the bulgy-eyed space character as their new mascot.

Students voted this week to begin the search for a new mascot.

In 2003, Ole Miss's old mascot, Colonel Reb, was run off the field for being a caricature of an aging Southern planter.

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