John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag


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Swofford says the ACC will welcome bids from South Carolina host cities

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says that Friday's removal of the Confederate flag from the state of South Carolina's statehouse grounds means that the conference will once again look at South Carolina as an option for the conference's post-season tournaments.

The flag, a fixture on Capitol grounds for half a century, was lowered at 10 a.m. Friday, and Swofford told TigerNet that he applauded the move.

“I personally applaud the decision to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol," Swofford said. "With this change, bids to host future ACC Championships will be accepted from interested South Carolina cities, with no additional stipulations placed on them because of the Confederate flag."

The NCAA has barred championship play in South Carolina since 2001 because of the flag, and in 2009 the ACC decided against allowing Myrtle Beach to host the conference baseball tournament because of the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag. Myrtle Beach had been awarded the 2011-13 tournaments earlier that year, but the conference moved the tournament from South Carolina back to Durham and Greensboro in North Carolina.

The state of South Carolina has hosted the ACC Baseball Championship 14 times - Greenville (9), Clemson (3) and Fort Mill (2) - but the last time the ACC came to South Carolina was in 2001. Clemson won six ACC championships when the tournament was held in its home state.

The ACC Women's Basketball Tournament has been held in South Carolina six times - Clemson (1) and Rock Hill (5).

The NCAA announced via a statement on Thursday afternoon that the state of South Carolina can bid on Championship events now that the Confederate flag is coming down.

"We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. For nearly 15 years we have specifically protested the flag by not allowing states like South Carolina to host pre-selected NCAA championships. With this impending change, and consistent with our policy, South Carolina may bid to host future NCAA championships once the flag no longer flies at the State House grounds."

The NCAA since 2001 has not allowed the state of South Carolina to host any predetermined postseason events. Sporting events such as the men's NCAA basketball tournament, and those tournaments can now be played in the Palmetto State. Possible cities that could potentially be affected positively financially would be Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville, etc.




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General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
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Re: General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
TomTom
Re: General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
Yoshimuf
Re: General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
WiseTiger
Re: General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
WiseTiger
Think this thru Tom. How educated did you expect him to be ?
under11par®
That idiot needs to concentrate on his job like getting the
morris
bids to host future ACC Championships will be accepted
gvillenative
meanwhile, in the ACC's home state
scooter
Good, we should be able to get the ACC basketball & baseball
BigAl31®
Baseball yes, basketball no, we have nowhere that is
rhettm
The Colonial Life Arena. It isn't being used in post-season.
CUTiger1989®
Not large enough to host ACC basketball tournament, site
rhettm
Not true. The 2016 ACC Tournament is being held at the
tigerband1®
Bon Secours Arena in Greenvilke seats 15,000.
Judge Keller
Re: Not large enough to host ACC basketball tournament, site
kelley21®
Thanks Swoff, your words means so much to us...
1991Tiger
Derp***
TigerNotAtGT
So does he get to make this decision unilaterally?
grover173
Who cares what this yahoo thinks?***
kbtiger®
Re: General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
Rickrolled
Re: General Update: John Swofford comments on ACC and Confederate flag
Rickrolled
My comment, NOW REMOVE SWOFFORD and Tarheels from ACC
mjm

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