MSU athletics director stands by Kylin Hill, “understands” postseason ban

On Monday, Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill tweeted that he “won’t be representing this State anymore” if the current state flag isn’t amended, and the university’s athletics director is standing by the star player.

“I think Kylin is showing a frustration that we all kind of feel here at Mississippi State,” MSU AD John Cohen said. “I understand it completely. We are in full support of Kylin,”

Cohen also said noted that the SEC and NCAA’s recent decision to ban postseason events from being held in the state of Mississippi may be unfair to student-athletes and coaches, however, the policy is understandable as “we need change here in the state of Mississippi.”

“I really don’t think it’s fair that our student-athletes, our coaches, our staff members could possibly have to pay a price for something they had absolutely nothing to do with,” he said. “That part is disappointing, but I really understand why the NCAA did what they did. I understand why (SEC commissioner) Greg Sankey said what he said. They believe, as I do, that it’s time for a change.”

When asked whether he believes that change will come in the near future, Cohen voiced his belief that the Mississippi Legislature will use the time remaining in the 2020 session to make a decision on the removal of the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.

“I have a lot of faith in our government. I have a lot of faith in the legislature. I really truly believe they are going to do the right thing.”