As flag comes down, S.C. may now host NCAA championships

A Confederate battle flag flies in front of the South Carolina statehouse Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The House is expected to debate a measure Wednesday that would remove the flag from the Capitol grounds. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As South Carolina prepares to remove the Confederate flag from its statehouse, the NCAA is commending lawmakers for doing so.

With the move, the NCAA said that South Carolina may now bid to host future NCAA championships.

The NCAA had previously not allowed South Carolina to host pre-selected championships due to the flag.

On Thursday afternoon, NCAA Board of Governors chair and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz released the following statement:

We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. For nearly 15 years we have specifically protested the flag by not allowing states like South Carolina to host pre-selected NCAA championships. With this impending change, and consistent with our policy, South Carolina may bid to host future NCAA championships once the flag no longer flies at the State House grounds.”

 

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