NCAA Bars Championships From States With Prominent Confederate Flag Presence

The NCAA Board of Governors has expanded the association’s existing Confederate flag policy to prevent any NCAA championship events from being played in states where the symbol has a prominent presence.  Mississippi is the only state currently affected by the expanded policy, the NCAA said.

The NCAA previously barred the awarding of sites determined in advance of a championship in states that displayed the Confederate flag — the NCAA Confederate flag policy was first enacted in 2001 by the NCAA Executive Committee, according to the announcement last Friday. If a college or university team earned the right to host a championship game based on its tournament seeding or ranking, however, the team previously could host on its college campus or in its home territory.

In 2014, the old policy was reviewed at the request of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee but went unchanged at the time.

“There is no place in college athletics or the world for symbols or acts of discrimination and oppression,” Michael V. Drake, chair of the NCAA board and president of the Ohio State University, said. “We must continually evaluate ways to protect and enhance the championship experience for college athletes. Expanding the Confederate flag policy to all championships is an important step by the NCAA to further provide a quality championship  experience for college athletes. Expanding the Confederate flag policy to all championships is an important step by the NCAA to further provide a quality experience for all participants and fans.”

The news comes shortly after the NCAA said it would review Idaho’s law barring transgender women and girls from competing in women’s and girls’ sports at the high school and collegiate level in the state. Forty-plus college swimmers, and a total of more than 400 college athletes, signed a letter to the NCAA asking it not to host events in the state earlier this month.

“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,” Mark Emmert, NCAA president, said. “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.”

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How about getting future meets out of Atlanta? City is unsafe


Atlanta is definitely unsafe. A city with cops so brutal they’ll shoot someone in the back.


I guess you didn’t see the part where the drunk guy with the deadly weapon fired on the cops. You’ve lost the plot completely BossaNova.


I am angered by the unnecessary deaths that keep happening… but I am not angered by rayshard brooks death… if people actually watch the body cam video they’ll see the cops were peaceful for awhile until they got assaulted.


I could have sworn the whole point of a taser was that it WASN’T a deadly weapon.


Except when the DA said in a press conference two weeks prior that a taser was indeed a deadly weapon. You can’t have it both ways

Corn Pop

Never was a better time for The Atlanta Socal Worker Force to have turned up & said ‘This , Sir, is a Wendy’s . Then they see his rap sheet for child cruelty & freak out . No one can safely handle ppl like that.

Bearly Breathing

The taser could be used on the cop to get his or her firearm.


Thank you for this comment!

In the interest of knowing the facts, the taser was already spent and could not be fired again. The police were fully aware of this fact. So no, the taser could not be used on the cop to get his or her firearm.


It says a whole lot about the folks currently commenting in this thread (many spouting “facts not fear” as a mantra over the last couple of months) that Jared’s comment to add facts to the conversation gets any downvotes…


My concern would be BLM terrrorists not the fine police officers of ATL


You’re what we call a rational human


Unrelated but I learned recently that AMOS stands for Add Me On Snapchat.


Get a load of this guy. Smh


The cops patted the guy down and knew he wasn’t armed. The taser was out and the cops knew that. A cop shot a man in the back, not out of fear for his life, but fear for his ego getting hurt. Then he kicked his lifeless body. Disgusting behavior and only disgusting humans try to excuse it.

But what can I expect from HISWIMCOACH who posts exciting news about a tennis tournament in Croatia!! And then crickets and no admission of being wrong when the organizer and others *surprise surprise* contract Covid-19 at the event.


I was 100% wrong. They should indeed have let him run in to the neighborhood with a weapon … I’m sure he would have willingly complied an hour later.

Thank you for correcting me.


No problem, glad you can admit you’re wrong about the murderous Atlanta cop. And hopefully you now understand that the police had his car and could’ve even added additional charges rather than murder him in the back! A person running with a taser is far more preferable than that. I notice you didn’t even address the officer kicking his struggling body, but baby steps and we’ll get there!

Steve Nolan

Those tasers can only fire once, right? And like, aren’t there enough actual guns in America for every person to be walking around with one at all times? Don’t really see an issue.

Justin Thompson

Yeah, I guess when you put your life on the line to serve and protect you should probably let someone try to fire off a round and analyze the danger afterwards. I like the arm chair analysis after the fact about what the cop should have known about the taser/weapon in the moment.
Are you saying as a citizen we should be able to draw on an officer and not expect and reaction?

Steve Nolan

It was one of the officer’s tasers, was it not? Dude should prolly know how his equipment works.

But yes, protecting and serving, yes:

Justin Thompson

So just clarifying your stance. All officers are bad and we need to abolish the police, because clearly there are some examples of bad cops so they must all be bad?

Steve Nolan


Hank Monroe

Wow, that’s broad sweeping statement. Even Bernie rolls with armed detail so they can’t all be bad.

Steve Nolan

Bernie does not roll with an armed detail. (There was I think a two-day period he did this past campaign cycle.)


What do you know about the AT> BOSSANOVA? Is it not safe because of this one incident or because the citizens decided to burn down a Wendy’s?


Atlanta has significantly less violent crime per capita than Indianapolis (935.72 instances per 100,000 people vs 1333.96), so do you want to eliminate meets at the IUPUI Natatorium?




It’s not the school’s fault don’t punish the athletes for something that they can’t control stupid NCAA

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