The voting for the removal of the flag happened in the MS state legislature on this Sunday. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill into law and the state flag would lose its official status.
"The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it's time to end it". He has not confirmed when he will sign the bill.
Pressure from the football world was most notable from Kylin Hill, Mississippi State's star running back, who said he wouldn't play in his home state again if the flag didn't change.
"There's an effort underway across the country to erase our nation's history-to pretend that all of us are so much better than our ancestors that we must eliminate their memory", Reeves added in a Facebook post on Wednesday, explaining his reluctance to support the legislative effort.
The NCAA backed the conference and raised the ante by refusing to hold championship events in any state with flags that showcased the Confederate battle emblem.More news: Canadian companies Lululemon, MEC and Arc'teryx join Facebook ad boycott
"With the state of MS taking positive action to remove that Confederate emblem from the flag, the prohibition would no longer apply", C-USA assistant commissioner Russ Anderson said in a statement to the Sun Herald.
The new version would go before voters for approval in November. If the decision is rejected, then voters will have to vote for a different design that will be sent by the commission later on.
"We need something that fulfills the objective of being a state flag and that everybody in the state has a reason to be proud of", said Mike Leach, football coach at Mississippi State University.
Walmart on Tuesday said it would no longer display the flag in its stores, consistent with its decision to not sell merchandise with the Confederate flag from stores and online sites.
The vote to remove the flag was an overwhelming "yes". In Mississippi, of course, while the flag was just a symbol, the symbol is still like a symptom of the overall racial inequality that exists specifically in Mississippi.More news: WHO Chief On COVID-19 Pandemic: 'The Worst Is Yet To Come'
Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn, who is white, has pushed for five years to change the flag, saying the Confederate symbol is offensive. In other words, the banner lacked official status.
"How sweet it is to celebrate this on the Lord's day", Gunn said.
The Democratic governor in 2000, Ronnie Musgrove, appointed a commission to decide the flag's future.
Legislators put the Confederate emblem on the upper left corner of MS flag in 1894, as white people were taking away political power that African Americans had gained after the Civil War.
"That battle flag has been hijacked". "We do believe that whatever the new design is needs to be something that unifies the state". "So, we've made it clear that it doesn't represent who we are at Ole Miss", he said to ESPN.More news: First Alert Forecast: Hot with occasional storms this week
The Mississippi vote formalizes a similar push.