LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield announced Tuesday that the school's "Hey Reb!" mascot has been retired with no plans to bring it back.

In a letter to staff and students, Whitfield said that "for all intents and purposes, the Hey Reb! mascot has been retired since last spring and there are no plans to bring it back."

While Hey Reb! has been retired, there are no immediate plans for a new mascot.

"We also have no current plans to create a new mascot," Whitfield said.

Whitfield said that the school will join likes of the universities of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Central Michigan that have no mascot - as well as the NFL's Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and New York Jets. Whitfield noted that UNLV didn't have a mascot in the mid-1970s.

Hey Reb

UNLV's mascot Hey Reb warms up the crowd before the start of the Mountain West Conference tournament championship NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

"As UNLV continues to rise as a top public research university, we must do so in a way that represents all of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters," Whitfield said.

Although Hey Reb! will not be making a return, the school is keeping the "Rebels" nickname.

In explaining the decision to keep the "Rebels" nickname, Whitfield said, "

Personally, I have always viewed the term “Rebels” as a strong, nationally recognized brand synonymous with UNLV. I believe the word “rebel” represents an attitude or spirit. It captures the essence of an iconic city that is unconventional and celebrates its independence, tenacity, and resiliency. Rebels have a purpose or motivation for a greater cause and are not afraid to take risks to make incredible things happen."

The Hey Reb! statue on UNLV's campus had been removed last July under President Marta Meana.

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(3) comments

NevadaIsStartingToSuck

All because some PoS student cried that it represented the Confederacy....Please, from the bottom of my heart. Whoever cried about this, kill yourself. Yes, I know this message will be deleted. Again, Go jump in a fiery fuking lake.

qwerty123

Actually the students were upset that the character was based of of Kit Carson, who played a key role in the Long Walk (essentially the Navajo trail of tears). And many students didn't like a mascot associated with ethnic cleansing. The old mascot, Beauregard the Wolf, represented the Confederacy and the students sent him packing in the 70s.

False!

Your a pathetic loser "nevadaisstartingtosuck"

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