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Kermit Davis: We’re Going To Be A "Respectful Team That Respects The Flag"

A football game between LSU and Ole Miss.

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Ole Miss' newest coach wasted no time letting everyone know where he stands concerning taking a knee during the national anthem.

During his introductory press conference in Oxford, Kermit Davis quickly made it clear that his players will "respect the flag."

Without being prompted by a reporter, here's what Davis said Ole Miss basketball will look like:

It’s going to be relentless, athletic, explosive, a team that’s going to have to play on and on and on to beat. It’s going to be a team that’s going to be unselfish. We’re going to play fast and smart in transition. We’re going to try to get easy baskets. We’re going to try to play with great body language. We’re going to be a respectful team that respects the flag and the national anthem. All those things from culture is what we’re about. It’s who we’re going to be

Here's video, from his press conference:

Davis decided to address this conversational topic on his own and according to SB Nation, none of the Rebels players have kneeled in the past to protest racial injustice and inequality in the United States.

Naturally, his comments have drawn mixed reactions.

Davis, 56, is a Mississippi native and played college hoops at Mississippi State.

In 2002, Davis became Middle Tennessee’s head coach. He led the program to three NCAA Tournament appearances over the past five years.

Davis takes over for Andy Kennedy, who was the all-time winningest coach at Ole Miss but he will inherit a Rebel squad that went 12-20 last season. Ole Miss also finished 5-13 in conference play--good for dead last in the SEC.