Sam Hall: Coaches may have loudest voice on flag

An interesting salvo in the debate over the state flag came Friday, when spokespersons for Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi confirmed four major coaches support removing the Confederate emblem.

Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze. Andy Kennedy and Ben Howland. And I’d wager more are coming. This comes after the presidents at both universities released statements supporting a change.

Governors and lawmakers can say anything they want, but when the head football coach at a state’s major university speaks, people will start to take notice. Now you have two head football coaches, two head basketball coaches and — I’d be willing to wager — more to come.