Coaches, ADs from Mississippi's public universities advocate for new state flag

Updated - Coaches and athletic leaders of Mississippi’s public universities went to the state’s capitol to advocate for a new state flag.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 9:42 AM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 12:54 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Coaches and athletic leaders of Mississippi’s public universities spoke together at the state’s capitol Thursday morning, advocating for a new state flag.

Coaches, including Mississippi State University (MSU) head football coach Mike Leach and Ole Miss head football coach Lane Kiffin, were among dozens of representatives to appear Thursday.

MSU women's basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson spoke among dozens of coaches and athletics directors at the State Capitol, pushing for a change in the state's flag. | Date: June 25, 2020

Ole Miss men's basketball coach Kermit Davis is a native Mississippian. | Date: June 25, 2020

Mississippi's current state flag features a Confederate battle emblem. Debates have been hot for decades to change the flag. Outside pressure from the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), of which MSU and Ole Miss are members, has increased the discussion.

The state legislative session ends Friday. A decision about the flag could be reached by then. To change the flag, 2/3 of each chamber (Senate and House) needs to approve a rules change so the flag issue can be taken up at this late date.

In attendance:

University of Mississippi

  • Mike Bianco, Head Baseball Coach
  • Keith Carter, Athletics Director
  • Kermit Davis, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Lane Kiffin, Head Football Coach
  • Yolette McPhee-McCuin, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Connie Price-Smith, Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach

Mississippi State University

  • John Cohen, Director of Athletics
  • Ben Howland, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Mike Leach, Head Football Coach
  • Chris Lemonis, Head Baseball Coach
  • Nikki McCray-Penson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Samantha Ricketts, Head Softball Coach
  • Chris Woods, Head Track & Field Coach

Mississippi University for Women

  • Dedrick Burnett, Track and Field Coach
  • Brian Merkel, Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Daniel Talley, Tennis Coach
  • Morgan Turnipseed, Cross Country Coach

University of Southern Mississippi

  • Scott Berry, Head Baseball Coach
  • Jay Ladner, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Joye Lee-McNellis, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Jeff Mitchell, Deputy Director of Athletics

Alcorn State University

  • Landon Bussie, Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Jimmy Joseph, Track and Cross Country Coach
  • Nathaniel Kilbert, Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Kevin Larry, Soccer Coach
  • Fred McNair, Football Coach
  • Darnesha Moore, Tennis Coach
  • Josef Rankin, Softball Coach
  • Bretton Richardson, Baseball Coach
  • Melissa Robinson, Volleyball Coach

Delta State University

  • Todd Cooley, Head Football Coach
  • Mike Kinnison, Director of Athletics
  • Mike Neinaber, Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Jackson State University

  • Wayne Brent, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Dr. Ted Flogaites, Head Soccer Coach
  • John Hendrick, Head Football Coach
  • Gabrielle Moore, Head Tennis Coach
  • Kevin Montgomery, Head Softball Coach
  • Tomekia Reed, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Ashley Robinson, Vice President & Director of Athletics
  • Mark Thorne, Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach
  • Rose Washington, Head Volleyball Coach

Mississippi Valley State University

  • Alonzo Banks, Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach
  • Vincent Dancy, Head Football Coach
  • Franklyn Davies, Head Soccer Coach
  • Dianthia Ford-Kee, Director of Athletics
  • Lindsey Hunter, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Riley Murry, Head Tennis Coach
  • Lee Smith, Associate Athletic Director/Head Softball Coach
  • Aaron Stevens, Head Baseball Coach
  • Ashley Walker-Johnson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Janay Yancey, Head Volleyball Coach

WLBT-TV in Jackson broadcasted the press conference, view the full video here.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 307519

Reported Deaths: 7096
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20772248
Hinds19888408
Harrison17489302
Rankin13311275
Jackson13097243
Madison9895210
Lee9856169
Jones8290160
Forrest7523146
Lauderdale7187237
Lowndes6262144
Lamar610584
Lafayette6027117
Washington5280132
Bolivar4769129
Oktibbeha455297
Panola4442103
Pearl River4419139
Warren4280118
Marshall4273100
Pontotoc416472
Monroe4057132
Union403675
Neshoba3987176
Lincoln3869108
Hancock372085
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3180104
Scott310572
Yazoo304368
Alcorn297764
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265779
Wayne261341
Leake261073
Grenada254982
Covington254580
Adams245882
Newton244859
George237847
Winston225981
Tishomingo222067
Jasper219748
Attala213273
Chickasaw204857
Holmes186471
Clay182454
Stone179131
Clarke176876
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163230
Yalobusha158836
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125933
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite120041
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105432
Tunica102525
Claiborne101330
Benton97225
Kemper95226
Humphreys94332
Franklin81823
Quitman78916
Choctaw72817
Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 518899

Reported Deaths: 10712
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson753641487
Mobile37763798
Madison33859494
Tuscaloosa25266443
Montgomery23962565
Shelby23106238
Baldwin20631300
Lee15524165
Calhoun14284311
Morgan14139268
Etowah13662345
Marshall11957219
Houston10380278
Elmore9993200
Limestone9811147
Cullman9470188
St. Clair9426234
Lauderdale9215227
DeKalb8746181
Talladega8058171
Walker7087275
Jackson6754110
Autauga6723103
Blount6483135
Colbert6203130
Coffee5399112
Dale4767110
Russell428838
Franklin419982
Chilton4083109
Covington4053114
Tallapoosa3893146
Escambia387674
Dallas3527149
Chambers3499122
Clarke346360
Marion3065100
Pike305875
Lawrence295395
Winston272372
Bibb256258
Marengo248661
Geneva245875
Pickens232959
Barbour224755
Hale218775
Butler212266
Fayette208960
Henry187844
Cherokee182044
Randolph176941
Monroe171440
Washington164038
Macon154548
Clay149354
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146041
Lamar139234
Lowndes136453
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109028
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99228
Greene90734
Choctaw58724
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