DuVall, a Mississippi State graduate, said many constituents, upset with the changes, came to him for support after getting no help from student or alumni groups.
“The House is the birthplace of ideas so I introduced the legislation to see what the conversation would be about,” he said.
He said people from throughout the country have embraced the tradition of Ole Miss while not endorsing the racist elements of the state’s past.
“It is not diminishing any race,” he said. “It is more reflective of us as a people. Mississippians are Rebels whether black or white.
“And Dixie is the land we live in, not New England. It is a region of a country. It is not reflective of a certain race, but of a common people.”