Interview with John McLaurin
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

WHY DO YOU THINK OLD MISS WAS SUCH A SYMBOL TO PEOPLE IN MISSISSIPPI, PROBABLY STILL IS?

John McLaurin:

Well, Old Miss is loved by everybody that went to school there. And there are a lot of football fans that never did go to school there that really love Old Miss. Now there are some people in the state that love other schools, but the real thing that uh, that caused all of the loyalty at the time that this event occurred was that it was breaking down a system which had existed for three hundred years in this state and the people just were not ready for it at the time.