Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin, who took part in a unity walk on the campus Saturday along with athletes and coaches from various sports as well as athletic administrators, said he was “proud to stand with his players” in the fight against racial injustice.

Kiffin said that his players made it abundantly clear that they wanted to see a Confederate monument on the Ole Miss campus moved.

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Earlier this year, university administrators, student leaders and faculty leaders had recommended that the marble statue of a saluting Confederate soldier be moved from its spot near the main administrative building to a Civil War cemetery in a more-secluded spot on campus. But wanting more information, the state College Board tabled the university’s resolution to relocate the statue.

The monument was vandalized May 30 and according to the Oxford Eagle, police arrested one person at the scene that evening. The vandalism occurred as people demonstrated across the country in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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