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Ole Miss out to escape its past

Originally Published: October 23, 2003
By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN.com

For years now, the University of Mississippi has been engaged in a delicate attempt to extricate its athletic programs from some troubling talismans of its past. Confederate flags are out, as is mascot Colonel Rebel -- amid great rancor.

Where many see racism, some fans see tradition. But for the athletic programs this goes well beyond philosophy and morality. In coldly utilitarian terms, recruiting football and basketball players is awfully difficult when opponents are labeling your school ...

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