June 19 (UPI) — The NCAA board of governors on Friday banned school championship events from states that fly the Confederate flag.
School sports activities’ governing physique mentioned Mississippi would be the solely state affected by the expanded coverage.
The transfer follows Southeastern Convention commissioner Greg Sankey’s announcement Thursday that the convention will think about not permitting Mississippi to host convention championship events till the state modified its flag, which options the Confederate banner.
“Competing in an NCAA championship is a particular expertise for faculty athletes who compete on the highest degree, and we’re grateful for the school athlete voice resulting in this determination,” NCAA president Mark Emmert mentioned.
“We should do all we will to make sure that NCAA actions replicate our dedication to inclusion and assist all our student-athletes. There could be no place inside school sports activities the place any student-athlete is demeaned or unwelcome.”
The NCAA’s earlier coverage that barred states that displayed the Confederate flag from internet hosting the events if they’d been scheduled prematurely of any championship competitors.
That rule allowed states to host championships if the sport’s location was based mostly on match seeding or rating. The preliminary Confederate flag coverage was enacted in 2001 and allowed baseball, softball, lacrosse and ladies’s basketball to nonetheless have championships in states that flew that flag.
Southern Mississippi is scheduled to host the 2022 convention baseball match.
“There is no such thing as a place in school athletics or the world for symbols or acts of discrimination and oppression,” mentioned Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of Ohio State College. “We should regularly consider methods to guard and improve the championship expertise for faculty athletes.
“Increasing the Confederate flag coverage to all championships is a crucial step by the NCAA to additional present a top quality expertise for all members and followers.”
College of Mississippi chancellor Glenn Boyce and athletics vice chancellor Keith Carter launched statements Thursday that inspired the state to alter its flag.
The college stopped flying the state flag over its campus in 2015. Mississippi State president Mark E. Keenum additionally mentioned he helps a change. Mississippi State additionally stopped flying the flag on its campus.
South Carolina was impacted by the NCAA’s beforehand coverage earlier than the state stopped flying the Confederate flag at its capitol. The NCAA lifted the state’s championship ban in 2015.