South Carolina officials, coaches and players call for Confederate flag to come down

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While Charleston mourns and prays for racial harmony, controversy still remains over a powerful symbol of disunity. Elaine Quijano reports from Charleston, South Carolina.

Controversy remains over S.C. use of the Confederate flag

While Charleston mourns and prays for racial harmony, controversy still remains over a powerful symbol of disunity. Elaine Quijano reports from Charleston, South Carolina.

South Carolina was thrust into the spotlight last week when a gunman opened fire in a historically black church and killed nine of its members in a racially motivated act of terrorism.

The act has put the Confederate flag that flies near the statehouse in Columbia at the forefront of a major debate that as prompted officials from the University of South Carolina to weigh in.

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Coach Steve Spurrier has yet to comment, but he did make his feelings about the Confederate flag well known in 2007 when he said it should be taken down from the statehouse.

"I realize I'm not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach, but if anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it," Spurrier said. "I've been told not to talk about that. But if anyone were ever to ask me about it, I certainly wish we could get rid of it."

Former South Carolina quarterback Conner Shaw agreed with his coach’s earlier sentiments.

Gov. Nikki Haley has a press conference scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Monday afternoon and she’s expected to call for the flag to come down.

For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.

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