TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Ole Miss men's basketball team defeated Georgia 72-71 on Saturday, but the bigger news actually happened right before tipoff.
Eight Rebel basketball players kneeled during the national anthem. After the game, the players said they kneeled in response to a pro-Confederate rally taking place on campus.
The players' stance was one of several topics of discussion at an Ole Miss athletics town hall meeting Monday night in Tupelo.
Bjork says the school was proactive regarding the protests. He says there was a discussion with the football team and the men's and women's basketball teams on Thursday night.
"We can argue the setting all day long, but you can't argue that they wanted to make a statement, that, 'you know what, these people aren't going to be welcome here, and as student-athletes, we're tired of it, too, this doesn't define who we are,'" Bjork said. "And so, (for) that part we have to be more than proud of their courage."
The Ole Miss athletic department is holding several town hall meetings across the state and region during the month of February.
The meetings include question and answer sessions and updates on Ole Miss sports programs.