Sports / Outdoors – 6/20/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 20, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: June 20, 2003

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Colonel Reb axed from Ole Miss
BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

OXFORD – "Don’t make a mistake, you will regret later," said Ole Miss alumnus and Batesville business owner Kay Nickle, regarding the Colonel Reb issue.

Ole Miss released the news this week that Colonel Reb will no longer be the school’s mascot.

According to history records, the Rebels named was adopted in 1936, but the mascot Colonel Reb did not appear on the scene until 1979.

He has been so popular that many alumni have no problem considering him a part of tradition at the school.

"If they take this away, what’s next? The name Ole Miss?" Nickle asked. "This is like taking the Tigers away from South Panola or the Wave away from North Delta. You wouldn’t want that."

Colonel Reb, like any mascot once established, is expected on the sidelines. He is like an extension of the cheering and dance squads. The children crowd to get a chance to shake his hands and let him rub their heads.

He gets to pose for many photo opportunities and is a very gracious host.

Ole Miss Athletic Director Pete Boone was out of town and could not be reached for comment, but his office did refer all media calls to the comments made in the Oxford Eagle earlier in the week.

Boone told the Eagle, "It’s an idea we’ve been thinking about and discussing for eight years. It’s not something that’s new."

So, is the controversy about Colonel Reb about race, tradition or what?

"Colonel Reb is not about the past," Nickle said. "It’s about tradition."

In other published newspaper reports, the emblem is said to inhibit recruiting of African-American students to the university.

Some students past and present who are not offended by the emblem still say if it hurts the image of the university, "it’s time to move on."

One alumnus was quoted in The Clarion-Ledger calling for fans to boycott the first quarter of the first home football game this year.

"Colonel Reb is not broke, so don’t fix it," Nickle said.
    

   

The J.P. Hudson P&R Construction boys 6 and under baseball team clinched first place in its age group.

Team members and coaches include (first row, l to r) Reed Robison, Ethan Calvert, Jacob Fennel, Adam Oates; (second row, l to r) Caleb Bryant, Macen McGee, Mason Wilkerson, Nick Hudson; (third row, l to r) head coach Bubba Fennel and coach Bill McGee.

Not pictured are Austin Cowsert, Kholton Helmes and coach Pat Bryant.
  


J.P. Hudson’s Ben’s Auto and Diesel girls 8 and under softball team placed first in the league in their age group and finished with a season record of 11-2.

Team members and coaches include (first row, l to r) Jessica Chambers, Haley Payne, Mallory Franklin, Madison Taylor, Sara Glenn Burkhalter; (second row, l to r)
Meri Morgan Fortune, Jordan Pullen, Ashlyn Coyle, Lillian Weldon, Maryn McGee; (third row, l to r) assistant Jeremy Weldon, coaches Stephanie Turnage, Bill McGee, head coach Frankie Hudson and coach/sponsor Ben Chambers.