NCAA to continue ban of championships in SC over Confederate flag

Published: Mar. 17, 2004 at 2:33 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 27, 2004 at 3:42 AM EST
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(Columbia-AP) March 17, 2004 - The NCAA says it will continue its ban on awarding championships to South Carolina because of the NAACP's boycott of the state over the Confederate flag flying on Statehouse grounds.

In August 2001 the NCAA executive committee voted for a two-year moratorium on selecting sites in South Carolina for things like championships.

NCAA spokesman Jeff Howard told The Associated Press that decision called for significant change, which he says has not occurred.

The NAACP's continued action makes it difficult to get new events going. House Majority Leader Rick Quinn says lawmakers are not going to reopen the debate that moved the flag to Statehouse grounds.

South Carolina last hosted the Division One basketball tournament in 2002, when a regional came to Greenville. Officials say the event brought $10 million to the Upstate.

The NCAA's ban doesn't affect tournaments awarded on merit, like the regional sites for the baseball tournament.

posted 9:30am by Chris Rees