For their part, SEC programs Mississippi State Univ. (NFL star Dak Prescott's alma mater) and Ole Miss are backing their conference's leader in the fight against the flag.
"Since 2015, our Student Association, Robert Holland Faculty Senate and university administration have been firmly on record in support of changing the state flag," Miss. St. President Mark E. Keenum said.
"I have reiterated that view to our state's leaders on multiple occasions, including during face-to-face discussions in recent days and hours."
Added Ole Miss leadership, "Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities about our state that unite us, not those that still divide us."