Despite hosting part of the tournament, technically, the NCAA's boycott of South Carolina remains

Despite hosting part of the tournament, technically, the NCAA's boycott of South Carolina remains

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For a lot of Gamecock fans this is more than just a big ball game. It's the first time in well over a decade an NCAA tournament game has been held here in the Palmetto State all because of a boycott by the NCAA.

But officials with the college sports association say just because the Gamecocks are playing at home doesn't mean the boycott is over.

A change in the NCAA Women's Basketball policy gives the Gamecocks home court advantage, but don't get your hopes up for a Sweet 16 game or a tournament game any time soon.

This boycott goes back to 2001, when the NAACP announced an economic boycott of the Palmetto State for flying a Confederate Battle Flag on State House Grounds.

The NCAA said they'd respect the boycott, and refuse to schedule an games whose locations are chosen before the season begins like a bowl game, or a regional tournament like the Final Four, anywhere in South Carolina.

So, if the state's boycotted, how is USC playing in town?

Last year, rules changed with Women's basketball, allowing the location of the first two rounds to be chosen on merit after the season starts.

But as for men's games, bowl games, other tournaments, the NCAA says consider the state still banned.

The Confederate Battle Flag originally flew on the State House dome, but was removed in 2000, but still flies at a war memorial on the Northern side of the State House.

There have been calls both for the NAACP and NCAA to end their boycott, and for the flag to be removed. Neither side has been successful.

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