SEC Could Ban Championship Events in Mississippi if Controversial State Flag Doesn’t Change

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey at a press conference during the conference's men's basketball tournament in Nashville
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey at a press conference during the conference's men's basketball tournament in Nashville | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Throughout the country, colleges and universities alike, especially in the south, have received complaints about the commemoration of racist figures whether it be via statutes or having their name on University buildings.

This time around, the SEC is now approaching the state of Mississippi for its racist rhetoric. In a statement released by commissioner Greg Sankey posted to the athletic conference’s Twitter page, the conference will consider no longer holding championship events in the state of Mississippi due to the Confederate battle flag existing as part of their official state flag.

Sankey is not necessarily viewed in the most favorable light by fans of all 14 schools in the conference. While the reasoning comes from a sports perspective, this issue transcends athletics. Protecting the conference’s student-athletes from both covert and overt racism means so much more.

Football is always the first sport that comes to mind when thinking of the SEC, and although one fan was quick to point out how that sport's SEC Championship happens in Georgia, there are other championships that have taken place in Mississippi.

Sankey taking a stand against a state flag is a bold stand, but a necessary one. Even though this is not meant to be a knock against member schools Ole Miss or Mississippi State, it's sure to generate a certain amount of blacklash among their fan bases. With enough luck, however, the powers that be will be able to come around and do the right thing.