The football coach at the University of Mississippi says that the Ku Klux Klan and rival campuses will be very disappointed if they think they’ve thwarted his efforts to attract top talent.
On Saturday, a handful of KKK members converged on the Oxford, Miss., campus to protest against the university’s decision to nix “Dixie With Love” from its game repertoire because some fans would chant “The South will rise again” at the end of it. But the Klan protest was drowned out by hundreds of hecklers booing the White supremacist group.
Coach Houston Nutt, still glowing from his team’s 25-23 victory over highly touted Louisiana State University, said he believes the mini-Klan rally was merely an attempt by the KKK, as well as other schools, to scare potential African-American recruits.
“It's not going to help them,” said the second-year coach. “This is one program in the state that's getting very strong." At Ole Miss, most of the players are Black, and so is about half the coaching staff, he said.
"This is a wonderful community," Nutt said. "It's one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and you've got a program that's about to go to back-to-back bowls ... I just wish (recruits) would come and see it for themselves. Don't let someone give you some bad information."