College of Mississippi soccer coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State coach Mike Leach joined a number of different officers in addressing the state legislature on Thursday to name for the Confederate emblem to be eliminated from the state flag.
Kiffin instructed ESPN that the flag doesn’t symbolize Ole Miss and by eradicating the emblem from Mississippi’s flag, they’re making a “more welcoming environment.”
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“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,” he stated. “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!”
Leach instructed the outlet that the present flag doesn’t “elevate” the group.
“The purpose of a state flag is to create pride and enthusiasm amongst the citizens,” he stated. “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.”
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Kiffin’s and Leach’s appeals comes simply after the NCAA expanded its coverage final week banning states with outstanding Confederate symbols from internet hosting its sponsored occasions.
Mississippi is the one state at the moment affected by the coverage. The expanded ban — supported by all eight public universities in the state — implies that even when websites of NCAA occasions are decided by efficiency, as they’re in baseball, ladies’s basketball and softball, Mississippi colleges is not going to be permitted to host.
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“We must do all we can to ensure that NCAA actions reflect our commitment to inclusion and support all our student-athlete. There can be no place within college sports where any student-athlete is demeaned or unwelcome,” NCAA President Mark Emmert stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.