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Ole Miss Rebels

For coaches at this week's SEC Media Days, there was no ducking Confederate flag issue

HOOVER, Ala. The well-compensated football coaches in the Southeastern Conference hold celebrity status. At SEC Media Days, where fans populate the hotel lobby, coaches sign more balls and mini-helmets than the players. Rarely at this occasion are they quizzed about topics more pressing than season prospects; when they are, stiff-arming is a common reflex. "We focus on the things we can control," is the default position. But a month ago, the racially motivated shooting during a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine dead, rekindled the Confederate battle flag debate. The shooter was photographed holding the flag in...