Miss. flag could hurt bid for SEC baseball tourney

Mississippi state flag
Mississippi state flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Southeastern Conference official says the Confederate symbol on the Mississippi flag could hurt the state's bid to host the SEC baseball tournament starting in 2012.

Craig Mattox, the SEC assistant commissioner for championships, says the emblem "would not be a 100 percent deal breaker" but would be one of several factors considered as athletic directors choose a tournament site.

The Confederate battle emblem - 13 white stars on a blue X over a red field - has been part of the Mississippi flag since 1894. In 2001, state residents voted to keep the symbol on the flag.

Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson says he'll ask the SEC not to host tournaments in the state because his group considers the flag offensive.

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