The University of Mississippi took another step Friday toward distancing itself from the past by dropping the long-held tradition of playing "Dixie" at home football games beginning this fall.
In a brief statement from the athletic department, Ole Miss said the tune that is near and dear to the hearts of many will be replaced by something "more inclusive for all fans" as part of the debut of an expanded Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
"The newly expanded and renovated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will further highlight our best traditions and create new ones that give the Ole Miss Rebels the best home field advantage in college football," the statement reads. "Because the Pride of the South is such a large part of our overall experience and tradition, the Athletics Department asked them to create a new and modern pregame show that does not include Dixie and is more inclusive for all fans."
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