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Mississippi State, Ole Miss coaches and administration confront Mississippi legislature about changing state flag

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Ole Miss and Mississippi State coaches and administrators are pushing Mississippi legislature to change the state flag.

Thursday morning, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach were among the individuals who addressed the legislature about removing the emblem of the Confederate battle flag.

“We removed the flag from our campus five years ago, so we’ve made it clear that it doesn’t represent who we are at Ole Miss,” Kiffin said in an interview with ESPN. “Today is another big step in doing our part to move the state forward and ensure a more welcoming environment for everyone. This is extremely important to me and to our players. Time to change!”

“The purpose of a state flag is to create pride and enthusiasm amongst the citizens,” Leach added. “It should also create great energy to elevate the economy, education and athletics. The current flag doesn’t do that. We need a state flag that everyone is proud of.”

Kiffin and Leach were joined by the likes of Ole Miss’ Keith Carter (Athletic Director), Kermit Davis (men’s basketball coach), Yolett McPhee-McCuin (women’s basketball coach), Mike Bianco (baseball coach), and Connie Price-Smith (track and field coach), along with Mississippi State’s Ben Howland (men’s basketball coach), Nikki McCray-Penson (women’s basketball coach), Chris Lemonis (baseball coach), Samantha Ricketts (softball coach), and Chris Woods (track and field coach).

This comes just a week after the NCAA and SEC both announced all postseason events were prohibited in the state of Mississippi until a change is made regarding the flag.

While Ole Miss and Mississippi State coaches and administration were the prominent SEC voices Thursday, all eight of the state’s public universities were in attendance, with the list of all participating individuals shown below:

Last week, all eight public universities released a joint statement condemning the state flag in hopes of immediate change.

“Several years ago, our universities recognized that the Mississippi state flag in its current form is divisive and chose to lower the flag on our campuses,” the statement read. “Today, we are committed to continuing to do our part to ensure Mississippi is united in its pursuit of a future that is free of racism and discrimination. Such a future must include a new state flag.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Mississippi State, Ole Miss coaches and administration confront Mississippi legislature about changing state flag

  1. 2andToodleLoo
    7:33 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    Mike Leach not covering his nose with his mask. Not surprising. Even if he had a red rubber nose looking like a clown.

  2. lizard king
    11:42 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    I think every coach at Miss St and Ole Miss should be fired and Blacks Hired in their places. There doesn’t need to be one single white teacher on campus either. And go ahead and make new flag with a BLM symbol on it too.

    • Ned T.
      9:12 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      Worked well for Chicago. Why not spread the CHicago love across the country?

    • madarchitect
      9:39 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      You sound like a toddler throwing a tantrum.

  3. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:27 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Who gives a crap. Its simple, if you don’t like it, don’t look at it, don’t live there, you are free to move anywhere you want. Enough is enough.

    • csnailnrun
      8:47 am June 26, 2020 Permalink


    • madarchitect
      9:41 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      The flag will soon be gone. What is surprising is so many people waving their hands in the air supporting a symbol of racism.

    • DOCUK18
      10:00 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      mad architect is a great example for the reason things are going to hell. And BLM is nothing but a racist movement, plain and simple.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:02 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      MLK Jr is rolling in his grave right now. This movement is being blown out of proportion

    • njcat
      10:32 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

      You rednecks are right. Those blacks need to remember their place!

  4. madarchitect
    10:47 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Chicken Little, is that you?