Greg Sankey, the commission of the SEC, commented on the Confederate flag during teleconference on Monday.As the debate regarding the presence of Confederate flag in the United States continues, it reached the Southeastern Conference on Monday.New commissioner Greg Sankey was asked about the league’s opinion of the flag during a teleconference Monday morning. Sankey released a statement via Twitter last week backing its removal.He backed those words during the teleconference.“I issued a statement last week supporting the calls that have been made to remove the Confederate battle flag from a prominent displays that have been noted,” Sankey said. “We’ve seen some progress on that front, obviously in the state of Alabama.“It’s an important conversation because our athletic programs provide a key rallying point for our state and our region and we want to make sure that they are a welcoming circumstance as much as that’s possible when you’re a visiting team in our arenas and stadium and make our campuses welcoming places for all who are on our teams and populating our campuses.”Various coaches were also asked for their opinion on the flag. They all pointed to the history behind the flag, but also said it shouldn’t be used in a public setting.“The Confederate flag means a lot in a very positive way to a lot of folks in the South and it identifies the South in many ways that are historical, and in some circles is really positive,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “But in other circles it is not a positive symbol in our country and as a result flying (it) in public areas that represent all the people, not just a certain element, can be a real challenge. When something is offensive to somebody, I think it’s important that we recognize that and in public places be sensitive to that and take the flag down. At the same time, I recognize the positive aspects of that symbol and so I don’t have as big a problem with it as some.”Kentucky’s John Calipari and South Carolina’s Frank Martin echoed similar sentiments in acknowledging the flag’s history, but also supporting its removal.Was just asked a question on a bball conference call about the confederate flag. I don’t want any confusion. I think we should take it down!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 29, 2015Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy and Mississippi State’s Ben Howland were not asked about the flag. Both schools have released statements regarding the Confederate flag, which is part of Mississippi’s state flag. Ole Miss explicitly stated its support for a new state flag. Mississippi State referred to its 2001 voting record, “ The MSU Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of changing the state flag of Mississippi prior to the failed statewide voter referendum on that question. Other than lawful displays of the state flag, the symbols in question are not associated with our university.” Read this statement from Chancellor Morris H Stocks regarding the Mississippi state flag. pic.twitter.com/jl8E19IITU— Ole Miss (@OleMissRebels) June 23, 2015 Statement from MSU on state flag issue (Mississippi State University) http://t.co/qt3OOkaVGw— Mississippi State (@msstate) June 24, 2015The controversay extended to the USA Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Oregon last weekend. Mississippi was the only state not represented with its flag at the event.TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said there was no “political statement” by not flying the Mississippi flag all week, according to the Associated Press.Contact Michael Bonner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.