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01-25-2007, 01:25 PM
NCAA Committee Won't Expand Ban on Postseason Championships in South Carolina and Mississippi

Wofford athletic director Richard Johnson wasn't sure what to think last summer when the NCAA agreed to hear a request to expand its ban on South Carolina because of the Confederate flag.

Terrier football had become a Division I-AA power, winning a pair of home playoff games in 2003 on the way to the NCAA semifinals. Enhancing the ban to include championships awarded on merit like football playoffs and baseball regionals would've seriously hurt Wofford's chances of advancing in future tournaments.

"We won our first two rounds at home," Johnson said Wednesday. "Obviously, that's a big home-field advantage."

And one the Terriers and other South Carolina colleges can still enjoy. An NCAA committee chose against stiffening the ban for South Carolina and Mississippi since schools in those states can do little to affect legislative policy.

South Carolina flies the Confederate flag at a Statehouse monument. Mississippi's state flag contains the Confederate emblem.

The NCAA has prohibited either state from holding predetermined championships like NCAA basketball regionals since 2001 because of Confederate imagery.


01-25-2007, 04:49 PM
I think the NCAA needs to butt out. They already have forced hundreds of schools to change their logo's so not to offend Native Americans, despite the fact these logos have been in place for years. They all keep caving in to political correctness.