Tuesday, January 23, 2007


The NCAA actually did something smart for a change. To be honest, it would not have surprised me if they had voted for the ban.

An NCAA committee decided today it will not expand its ban on postseason championships in Mississippi and South Carolina.
The Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee said the NCAA should continue its moratorium on bringing predetermined events like NCAA basketball regionals to the states, but should not branch out to include events that are awarded based on regular-season play, such as tennis and baseball regionals.Committee chairman Robert Vowels Jr. said in a statement that banning such events wasn’t fair “since institutions do not have control over the placement of the Confederate flag.”The committee was acting on a request from the Black Coaches Association to stiffen sanctions in Mississippi, whose state flag contains the Confederate emblem, and South Carolina, where the Confederate flag is displayed on Statehouse grounds. The committee also noted the flag is not displayed on any NCAA campus in either state.(AP)