OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi chancellor Dr. Dan Jones says
in a letter to alumni that he won't be pressured into firing
athletic director Pete Boone.
Jones said Thursday that he's committed to athletic excellence
and will not succumb to "anonymous, malicious and public attacks"
demanding Boone be fired.
Boone and football coach Houston Nutt have been under pressure
after a 1-3 start to the season. A mostly anonymous group called
Forward Rebels has taken out several full-page ads in Mississippi
newspapers demanding changes in the Ole Miss administration.
Jones says he has received threats saying if he doesn't make
changes, "It is going to get real ugly."
Jones says he evaluates Boone's performance regularly, but would
not "engage in any sort of review in response to a public campaign
to force his removal."
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