SEC commissioner calls for Mississippi to change the state flag

The commissioner of the Southeastern Conference told the state of Mississippi Thursday the Confederate stars and bars should come off its flag and made a threat if a change is not made.

Posted: Jun 18, 2020 7:19 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2020 11:13 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA) -— The commissioner of the Southeastern Conference told the state of Mississippi Thursday the Confederate stars and bars should come off its flag and made a threat if a change is not made.

"It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi," Commissioner Greg Sankey wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. "Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all."

Tweet by the SEC commissioner on the Mississippi flag June 18, 2020.

Sankey added that the SEC will consider moving conference championships out of the state until the flag is changed.

The threat is more of a symbolic one since the conference does not hold championships for its major sports — football, basketball and baseball — in Mississippi.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are members of the SEC.

MSU President Mark Keenum said in a statement he understood Sankey's position and again expressed support for changing the state flag.

"On June 12, I wrote to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Mississippi House reaffirming that support," said Keenum. "The letter said, in part, that our flag should be unifying, not a symbol that divides us. I emphasized that it is time for a renewed, respectful debate on this issue."

Ole Miss issued a joint statement by Chancellor Glenn Boyce and Athletics Director Keith Carter also in support of the commissioner's position.

"Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities about our state that unite us, not those that still divide us," said Boyce and Carter.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 115088

Reported Deaths: 3255
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7973177
DeSoto703979
Harrison522384
Jackson457884
Rankin394086
Madison383194
Lee357380
Forrest304678
Jones292484
Washington258399
Lafayette250443
Lauderdale2478135
Lamar225538
Oktibbeha202454
Bolivar201677
Neshoba1849111
Lowndes179962
Panola170040
Leflore167187
Sunflower162349
Warren154855
Monroe150673
Pontotoc147220
Marshall143129
Lincoln140157
Pike138456
Copiah137536
Scott125429
Coahoma124937
Grenada122638
Yazoo122234
Simpson121549
Union118825
Tate116839
Leake115041
Holmes114760
Itawamba113925
Pearl River113660
Adams108544
Prentiss106120
Wayne101722
Alcorn100112
George99218
Covington97527
Marion95042
Tippah90322
Newton86627
Chickasaw85526
Tallahatchie84526
Winston84121
Hancock84028
Tishomingo81241
Attala79426
Clarke75851
Clay69321
Jasper68717
Walthall63927
Calhoun62612
Noxubee59817
Smith59416
Montgomery54923
Yalobusha54514
Claiborne53716
Tunica53517
Lawrence51814
Perry49423
Carroll49312
Greene47818
Stone47514
Humphreys43816
Amite42513
Quitman4206
Jefferson Davis41011
Webster37613
Benton3416
Wilkinson33820
Kemper32615
Sharkey28514
Jefferson27610
Franklin2423
Choctaw2086
Issaquena1074
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 158701

Reported Deaths: 2680
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Jefferson23292377
Mobile16916315
Tuscaloosa10345140
Montgomery10250197
Madison935096
Shelby739063
Baldwin665869
Lee654665
Calhoun459961
Marshall439550
Etowah428551
Houston417034
Morgan416435
DeKalb342629
Elmore320853
St. Clair295542
Limestone287230
Walker279492
Talladega266435
Cullman248024
Lauderdale229442
Jackson215915
Autauga205931
Franklin205531
Colbert202132
Russell19493
Blount193225
Chilton188432
Dallas186627
Coffee177111
Dale176351
Covington174729
Escambia172730
Clarke135217
Chambers135044
Pike134113
Tallapoosa132987
Marion108129
Barbour10339
Marengo101922
Butler101140
Winston92913
Geneva9067
Lawrence85832
Pickens85218
Bibb84014
Randolph82716
Hale76830
Washington74912
Clay74412
Cherokee73814
Henry7176
Lowndes71328
Bullock64917
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60830
Perry5926
Fayette57713
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Macon53620
Lamar4965
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Choctaw39212
Greene34216
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