The NCAA announced Friday that it will no longer hold championship events in states where the Confederate flag is prominently displayed.
Mississippi is the only state affected by the ban. The Mississippi state flag highlights the Confederate flag in the upper left corner.
Michael V. Drake, chairman of the NCAA board of directors and president of Ohio State University, said in a statement:
“There is no place in university athletics or in the world for symbols or acts of discrimination and oppression. We must continually assess ways to protect and enhance the championship experience for university athletes. Expanding the Confederate Flag Policy at All Championships is an Important Milestone The NCAA will provide a quality experience for all participants and fans. ”
The NCAA had previously prohibited all states that displayed the Confederate flag from hosting events with predetermined locations. The new rule extends the ban to teams that win by hosting an event via its classification or tournament classification.
Sports like baseball, softball, lacrosse and women’s basketball have championship events on their campus based on seeding.
The SEC released a statement Friday threatening to withdraw Mississippi conference championship events unless the state changes flags.
“It is high time to change the flag of the state of Mississippi,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. Twitter. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in inclusive and welcoming environments for everyone. “