NCAA Bans Championships Where Confederate Flags Are Flown

By David Johnson / BNC Digital Reporter

Connecticut (BNC)– ESPN’s Alex Scarborough confirmed Friday June 19 that NCAA officials passed a new policy that bans all of its championship events from being held in states that still fly the Confederate flag.

As of now Mississippi seems to be the only state that is effected by this new rule, as their current features the banner of the Confederacy, a blue cross, and 13 white stars.

This could have direct impact on the South Eastern Conference (SEC) and South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) , as both conferences have tenured schools from the state of Mississippi in their respective conference.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made a statement via Twitter in reaction to this new policy,:

“It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi, Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environment that are inclusive and welcoming to all. If Mississippi refuses to change their flag this time, they will consider banning championship events from the state until it is.”
For the SWAC, this has serious impact for their current football championships, as the team with the best respective conference record typically holds the championship game on their home campus.
Alcorn State University located in Lorman, Mississippi, has held that privilege of hosting the SWAC Championship game for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
No statements yet have been released from SWAC commissioner Dr. Charles McCelland on the new policies from the NCAA.
With championships bringing a surplus of financial opportunity to states that host, will Mississippi adapt with the times ? , or will they leave money on the table to keep it’s current flag in tact?

 

 

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