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Relocated Confederate statue causes athlete concerns at Ole Miss

The university moved the statue in mid-July from a central spot on the Oxford campus to a Civil War cemetery.
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JACKSON, Miss — The University of Mississippi has put up a barrier to partially obstruct a Confederate monument after football players said they didn't want to see the rebel soldier statue while they practice. 

The university moved the statue in mid-July from a central spot on the Oxford campus to a Civil War cemetery.

Although the cemetery is in a remote part of campus, it's on a hill that's easily visible from a practice field outside the football stadium. 

A university spokesman says Chancellor Glenn Boyce met with student athletes who expressed concern, and a mesh screen was put up in response.