The wide-ranging reactions to Ole Miss’ new on-field mascot

Published 7:43 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ole Miss revealed its new on-field mascot Saturday afternoon as part of the school’s Meet the Rebels festivities at the Manning Center, and reactions to it were, well, mixed.

Landshark Tony, as it’s officially been named, sports a football jersey and pants with a flat shark head accompanied with a toothy grin stretching from eye to eye. Tony will wear No. 47 in honor of the late Tony Fein, the former Ole Miss linebacker who began the landshark mantra for the defense in 2008.

Reactions near and far to the Rebels’ new mascot quickly began pouring in on social media. Here’s a sample.