ACC moving championships out of NC due to bathroom bill

Clemson wide receiver Artavis Scott (3) runs after a catch as Troy linebacker Josh Marshall (25) and teammate Robert Johnson (34) defend during the first half on an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Clemson wide receiver Artavis Scott (3) runs after a catch as Troy linebacker Josh Marshall (25) and teammate Robert Johnson (34) defend during the first half on an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The Atlantic Coast Conderence (ACC) has announced they will be moving championship games out of North Carolina, because of House Bill 2.

All 15 university will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites.

Clemson University President James Clements says, “The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while HB 2 remains the law was not an easy one but it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all of our institutions.”

They say the locations will be announced in the future.

The NCAA said on Monday that it would move several sports championships out of North Carolina – four of which are planned in Wake County — for the upcoming season.

The college sports body said in a press release that the decision came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

Below is a statement from the ACC Council of Presidents:

“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

Statement from Clemson University President James P. Clements, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents:

“The ACC presidents engaged in a constructive, wide-ranging and vigorous discussion of this complex issue over the past two days. The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while HB 2 remains the law was not an easy one but it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all of our institutions.”

Statement from ACC Commissioner John Swofford:

“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount. Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected. Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.”

Neutral site championships (in date order):
Women’s Soccer
Football
Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Women’s Golf
Men’s Golf
Baseball

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