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Ole Miss to vote on mascot

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Students at the University of Mississippi are getting ready to vote on replacing a mascot the school dumped seven years ago in an effort to distance itself from old South stereotypes.

Colonel Reb, a caricature of a white plantation owner, was the Ole Miss mascot until 2003. Now some students say they need something to replace him so the school isn't the only one in the Southeastern Conference without a mascot.

But other students and alumni say they'd rather have no mascot at all if they can't have Colonel Reb.

More than 18,000 students are eligible to vote in an online referendum all day Tuesday. The results will be announced later Tuesday night.

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