MSU's Cohen speaks on Kylin Hill's tweet and more on SportsTalk Mississippi

Joel Coleman

A little more than 24 hours after Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill sent shockwaves through Mississippi by insinuating he might not play for MSU in 2020 if the state flag isn't changed, Bulldogs athletic director John Cohen voiced his support for Hill on the SportsTalk Mississippi radio show Tuesday afternoon.

“He was showing a frustration that we all kind of feel here at Mississippi State,” Cohen said of Hill’s words, which were originally posted to Twitter on Monday. “I can’t speak for everyone around the state of Mississippi, but there’s definitely a frustration. I understand it completely. We’re in full support of Kylin. He absolutely has the right to express his opinion and obviously it’s an opinion that is held by many, and that’s we need a change here in the state of Mississippi and I completely understand that.”

Over the last day, Hill's tweet has been met with support by many current and former teammates, as well as former Mississippi State players. Given Hill's backing, Cohen was asked if he thought a threat of sitting out might turn into a larger movement, with others involved, or if Hill's declaration was more of an individual decision.

“To be honest with you, that’s not the part we are focused on right now,” Cohen said in response. “I think collectively as a department and as a university, we’re focused on the change. We believe it’s still possible. We believe that the legislature, the great people of the state of Mississippi are going to make the right decision and make a change in our flag. That’s really our focus right now. I’ve reached out to many of our student-athletes over the social unrest that we’ve had and gotten their feelings, gotten their thoughts. We’re all available to them and we’re going to be here for them throughout all of this. Again, this isn’t something we check off on a box. This is something that is part of our responsibility to our student-athletes. Again, our focus right now is on righting a wrong to be honest with you.”

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SantaDawg12
SantaDawg12

This comment was in response to darrell3535 but I did it incorrectly so it appeared at the top of the list

SantaDawg12
SantaDawg12

I hope you are wrong about that but you are probably correct. We live in a time of upheaval and change, much of it negative in nature. Those who press for needed change will always be lumped in with those who are just trying to tear it down. I think Kylin is very sincere in his desire to help change the flag. And I changed alot over the three years that followed my arrival in Starkville as a student back in 1976. I am proud that a Mississippi State University athlete will always be viewed as a catalyst for this change.

Bostonfan1967
Bostonfan1967

I agree it should be changed. However, if Hill doesn’t play, he should lose his scholarship. This applies to all players who boycott their team.

SantaDawg12
SantaDawg12

I had given up on the flag being changed for years to come. Perhaps this will be the catalyst required to get that vote. It should happen and I feel sure it will eventually. Why not now? Many of our fellow Mississippians are hurt by a symbol of this state. I am like Kylin... tired of that hurt.


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