Manning released the following statement:
As a lifelong Ole Miss Rebel it has pained me to witness the events of the past week concerning our Chancellor and the IHL. Let there be no misunderstanding about where we stand: my family and I are big supporters of Chancellor Dan Jones and feel he has done an outstanding job leading our university. The national reputation of Ole Miss has never been better. Our athletic teams are winning at unprecedented levels. Our enrollment is booming and the academic quality of entering freshmen has never been so impressive. In virtually every measurable category we are succeeding.