2020-06-19 17:54:58 UTC
By Jacob Gallant
June 19, 2020
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The NCAA Board of Governors is banning any NCAA
championship events from being held in Mississippi.
The decision was made due to the Confederate symbol represented in
Mississippi’s state flag.
The policy, enacted in 2001, previously included sites that were
determined in advance of a championship, but now includes events where
Mississippi teams may host championships.
This means Mississippi teams will not be able to host a regional or
super regional championship on campus, for example.
“Competing in an NCAA championship is a special experience for college
athletes who compete at the highest level and we are grateful for the
college athlete voice leading to this decision,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA
president. “We must do all we can to ensure that NCAA actions reflect
our commitment to inclusion and support all our student-athletes. There
can be no place within college sports where any student-athlete is
demeaned or unwelcome.”
Thursday night, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey called on Mississippi to
change the state flag, and Ole Miss and Mississippi State leaders put
out statements in agreement with Sankey.