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Students, alumni pour in support for Ole Miss chancellor

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The Mississippi College Board voted to let Chancellor Dan Jones go on Friday.

The board lost faith in Jones over contracting and management practices at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson.

Jones does not want to resign.

"The board said there is no pathway to renewal of my contract," said Jones. "I'd love to have the opportunity to continue as chancellor."

Former star quarterback Archie Manning and author John Grisham, a former chancellor himself, are just a few of the superstars supporting Jones.

Ole Miss students also want to keep Jones as their chancellor. The student newspaper even featured an editorial titled "We Believe in Dan."

"He has kept us on a high note and made us prosper. We have bigger enrollments than we ever had," said Lawton student John Cooper. "We have more money than we ever had."

Jones was only back at Ole Miss a week and a half when he got the news. He had been receiving treatment for lymphoma since November.

The entire campus is behind him.

There is expected to be a big crowd of people showing support for Chancellor Jones on Wednesday in the Lyceum at Ole Miss.

Even teachers are canceling classes on Wednesday to support Jones' rally.

"I normally have a 12:00 class Wednesday, but she canceled class so we could all go," said student Peyton Willoughby.

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