Harry Reid: Say, the Name Runnin’ Rebels at UNLV Should Probably Be Banned

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

He hasn’t said a peep about the name of the athletic teams at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas his entire political career, spanning 97 years now. All of a sudden he has an epiphany. This from a man basically mentored in the Senate by for KKK Grand Kleagle Robert Byrd.

The mob has their flag in South Carolina, but do you really think they’ll call of the dogs? Pfft.

We must ban everything, and then when something new pops up, ban that, too. I’d like to ban phony, ginned-up fauxrage used as a political club over the heads of people who have nothing to do with this.

Las Vegas has an airport named McCarran. May as well ban the airport. Heck, BAN LAS VEGAS!

Oh, here’s the history behind the name. Wonder if Reid is even aware?

Today it’s Hey Reb but some at UNLV still remember the first official Rebel mascot — Beauregard.

Dressed in a gray military field jacket and Confederate cap, Beau is a fanged, winking, black and white cartoon wolf. He came to be because the new school in Southern Nevada wanted to make a little jab at the Wolf Pack mascot of Nevada, Reno.

“UNLV was rebelling against the status quo and the two schools’ mascots seemed to mimic the Civil War,” said former UNLV president Don Baepler, who is currently director of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History on campus. “Reno had a northern looking wolf so we wanted a Confederate wolf.”

The logo lasted until the early 1970s when a group of black athletes came to Baepler, who was academic vice president at the time, and voiced its displeasure with having a mascot that had a connection with the wrong side of the Civil War.

“They said it didn’t feel right playing for a school with such a mascot . . . and I agreed,” said Baepler. “Southern Nevada has no real ties to the Confederacy so the change wasn’t a big concern.”

The student senate voted on a new mascot and the human Rebel logo was born. Initially, a Colonial-like Rebel soldier was the official logo and there was talk at one time of changing UNLV’s nickname to Minutemen.

However, the current long-moustached cartoon Rebel known as Hey Reb took hold in the early 1980s and helped the school vault to the top in college apparel licensing within 10 years.

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