JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Colonel Reb could soon become a collector's item as the University of Mississippi moves to further reduce its old mascot's visibility by limiting its image on merchandise.
The university has asked Collegiate Licensing Company to place Colonel Reb in its College Vault Program. There, he'll join other university emblems, mascots and images from around the country that are regarded as historical trademarks that are only produced for special or commemorative events.
Ole Miss holds the trademark for Colonel Reb, the caricature of an Old South gentleman who was the school's mascot for decades before he was dropped in 2003.
The school's director of contractual services, Clay Jones, said the move helps make way for the new mascot that will be chosen by students in coming months.
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