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NCAA lifts ban on postseason events in South Carolina

With the removal of the Confederate flag scheduled to come down at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, the NCAA has lifted its ban on South Carolina hosting postseason events. The ban was put in place 15 years ago and the NCAA said it would remain in place so long as the flag flies in Columbia. Myrtle Beach was even scheduled to host the ACC Baseball Championship from 2011-2013 until the conference withdrew, citing the NAACP's boycott of it. 

Within minutes of the announcement, the NCAA Board of Governors Chairman sent out a statement commending South Carolina's lawmakers for making this happen, saying "We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds," Kansas State president and NCAA board of governors chair Kirk Schulz said in a statement. "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."

South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner released a statement saying "We look forward to showcasing our great facilities, staff and hospitality to those who visit." Clemson A.D. Dan Radakovich tweeted "Looking forward to submitting bids for pre determined NCAA Champ sites, given the actions by Gov. Haley and the SC legislature!"

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