After August, wholesalers will no longer manufacture anything that features the University of Mississippi's former mascot, Colonel Reb. And with a new mascot on its way sometime in the future (c'mon, Admiral Ackbar!), apparel buyers have just a few months to capture Colonel Reb's banned likeness.
So, the Ole Miss community is flocking to stores and stocking up on shirts, hats, and anything else that has Colonel Reb on it, the Daily Mississippian reports. "Colonel Reb items are selling at three to four times more than they ever have," Terry Warren tells the paper. Warren owns Rebel Rags, an Oxford, Miss., store that sells all kinds of Ole Miss gear.
The university got rid of Colonel Reb as the school mascot in 2003 after years of complaints from coaches and some in the Ole Miss community that the mascot perpetuates a negative image of the South. It has been a hot topic at Ole Miss since.