I'm still pulling for the Fighting Akbars!!! (the average IQ at Ole Miss would go up 10 points in a semester when every science fiction geek in the country tries to go there)
It would be one of the only relevant mascots in the NCAA. Everyone knows who Akbar is. Mississippi is full of catfish. Most mascots are really lame, bizarre at best. What does a dog, elephant, bear, gator, buckeye, etc have to do with sports. At least Akbar lead his team(good guys) into battle.
Fighting tigers is rather appropriate as they represent a bunch of vicious, drunken, undisaplined renegades. A perception still quite admirably maintained by our fan base. In reality I doubt more than 2% of LSU fans know anything about the real origin of the name. To them were only another non indigenous animal mascot.