The days of political correctness have claimed yet another victim. The same energies that brought Title IX upon the college football world have administered the first of a barrage of punches at denying the fans of Ole Miss what is rightfully theirs. Their heritage.
Title IX has resulted in the destruction of NCAA football as we knew it. It was the precursor to the BCS. It is why conferences are fighting and stealing from other conferences. Title IX has led to increased ticket prices and the abolition of many men's college sports. Title IX is the real reason Tulane (as recently as last week) questioned their own survivability in Division I sports. It is the Robin Hood of college sports. Title IX diverts money away from money making programs, and diverts the money to poverty stricken programs in the name of sexual equality.
This same element seeks to rid the south of all elements of its' own heritage. This element will not stop at a mascot change. This "folding" of the Ole Miss administration simply invites more demands upon themselves from the do-gooders of society.
I abhor racial intolerance or discrimination, but Colonel Reb was no more a sign of oppression, racial hatred, or bigotry, than a "Demon Deacon" is a sign of religious intolerance.
My Great Granfather fought for a cause. This cause was not (as so many would have you believe) slavery. The cause he fought for was a cause guaranteed by our own United States Constitution. He fought for the cause of state's rights. He had no slaves. He was a share-cropper, as were most of the young men who fought for their country back then. He re-traced his walks to the battlefields of Richmond, Virginia on his death-bed. The story has been retold to generations since.
All peoples cherish their roots. All should be proud of their heritage, and the sacrifices of those before them. My ancestors prepared a better world for me. I will neither shun nor forget them.
I would hope that the supporters of Ole Miss feel the same way.
One more thing: have any of you seen the new LSU logo? Fierce? Intimidating? It looks like a kitten with stubby arms. It is, quite simply, pathetic. Perhaps the worst in the SEC. And you want to hire these jokers to design you a mascot?