The SEC said they would consider pulling championship events if Mississippi doesn't change its flag

The Southeastern Conference, the preeminent and powerhouse collegiate athletics conference in the South, made their message clear: Mississippi must change th...

Posted: Jun 19, 2020 10:58 AM
Updated: Jun 19, 2020 11:45 AM

The Southeastern Conference, the preeminent and powerhouse collegiate athletics conference in the South, made their message clear: Mississippi must change their flag or they may not get championship events.

Mississippi is the only state in the South that has yet to remove the Confederate flag from being prominently displayed on their state flag. The campaign to remove it has been ongoing for decades but has received renewed attention as more and more Confederate memorials, monuments and statues around the United States have been taken down.

'It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,' SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement posted to Twitter. 'Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environment that are inclusive and welcoming to all.'

Sankey went on to say that if Mississippi refuses to change their flag this time, they will consider banning championship events from the state until it is.

CNN has reached out to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves for comment on the SEC decision. In the past, Gov. Reeves has not taken a side on the issue, only saying that the people of Mississippi should vote on changing the flag.

'I believe that some point people will want to change the flag, but it should be done by a vote of the people,' Gov. Reeves said at a June 10 press conference, reiterating his long held position. 'Not by a vote of politicians doing a backroom deal in Jackson.'

Reacting to Sankey's statement, Ole Miss and Mississippi State reiterated they've supported changing the state flag since 2015.

'Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities about our state that unite us, not those that still divide us,' Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce and Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Keith Carter said in a joint statement. 'We support the SEC's position for changing the Mississippi state flag to an image that is more welcoming and inclusive for all people.'

Opponents of changing the flag often cite a vote 19 years ago, in which a 2-1 majority of voters in Mississippi wanted to keep the flag.

Since 2019, Mississippi has been selling specialty license plates featuring a re-imagined state flag without Confederate imagery. That flag was created in 2014 by native Mississippian Laurin Stennis.

Georgia was the latest state to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag. It took Georgia two years to ultimately decide on a new flag after a successful legislative vote to change it in 2001.

West Lafayette
Overcast
71° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 71°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 71°
Rensselaer
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 68°
Williamsport
Overcast
71° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 71°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 70°
Frankfort
Overcast
74° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 74°
Delphi
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 71°
Monticello
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 71°
Logansport
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 72°
Dry and Cooler Weather.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 68433

Reported Deaths: 2980
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion14863719
Lake7101271
Elkhart459777
Allen3635158
St. Joseph315479
Hamilton2513104
Cass17519
Hendricks1750105
Vanderburgh172612
Johnson1652118
Porter119539
Tippecanoe110311
Clark108145
Madison84765
LaPorte83829
Kosciusko81912
Howard81065
Bartholomew74347
Marshall74222
Floyd69444
Monroe68630
Delaware63852
Noble63728
Boone63546
Dubois62612
Hancock62337
Jackson5524
LaGrange54210
Warrick51630
Shelby51126
Grant49629
Vigo47410
Dearborn46528
Morgan42532
Henry36118
Clinton3573
White34710
Montgomery34321
Lawrence32827
Wayne3179
Decatur31432
Harrison29422
Miami2582
Scott25010
Daviess24619
Greene23934
Franklin22410
DeKalb2224
Putnam2228
Jennings21012
Jasper2082
Gibson2004
Steuben2003
Ripley1887
Perry17212
Starke1657
Orange16424
Wabash1613
Posey1580
Fayette1557
Jefferson1492
Whitley1486
Fulton1462
Carroll1452
Wells1342
Knox1310
Huntington1183
Washington1161
Spencer1143
Newton11010
Tipton1075
Randolph1034
Clay975
Jay820
Adams812
Rush794
Owen781
Sullivan761
Pulaski721
Brown701
Fountain632
Benton600
Blackford532
Ohio514
Pike460
Parke451
Switzerland430
Crawford420
Martin420
Vermillion380
Union320
Warren191
Unassigned0200

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events