Head football Coach Hugh Freeze commented on the University of Mississippi removing the state flag from the official flag pole on campus. “It’s the right thing for this University, and hopefully the state will follow suit. (Taking down the flag) represents adequately our core values because this state is so hospitable. While (the flag) means a lot of positive things for a lot of people, it also brings up some hurt feelings for some too and I just think it’s time that we all move forward together. I spoke with Chancellor Stocks this morning and feel It was very positive the way everyone handled it here at the University, “ Freeze said.
Athletic Director Ross Bjork said, “The entire process was civil – it’s not an easy conversation to have, but the students handled it professionally and with a lot of maturity, the faculty and staff council were willing to have the conversation. To me, that’s what it’s all about as a University is that you’ve got to have the hard discussions. Ultimately it is the right decision so I applaud our leadership team and especially Chancellor Stocks, because he is our leader, for making the right decision.”