Conference USA won't hold championship events in Mississippi until Confederate emblem is removed from state flag

The United States conference announced on Monday that it would not hold conference championship events in the state of Mississippi "until the Confederate emblem is removed from the state flag."
The decision taken by the conference board of directors follows a statement by C-USA commissioner Judy MacLeod last week. MacLeod said on June 18 that the conference board would conduct a process "to review its championship hosting policies to ensure that we provide environments that are consistent with our ongoing mission to support and support our student athletes." protect".
"We have been listening, sharing and learning with many of you over the past few weeks," said MacLeod. “We have heard concerns about the homage to symbols and people who represent terrible injustices of the past. It is of the utmost importance to offer all of our student athletes non-discriminatory, inviting and respectful championship experiences. "
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Statement on the events of the Conference USA Championship in Mississippi:
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The University of Southern Mississippi is the only member of the Conference USA from the state of Mississippi. The conference's off-season baseball tournament is often held in Mississippi. The conference baseball tournament has been played in Mississippi in eight of the last nine years, including three years in a row in Biloxi. The 2020 event was also scheduled for Biloxi and the 2022 tournament was recently assigned to the USM campus in Hattiesburg.
The C-USA ruling could prevent Southern Miss from hosting the conference championship game in football if it won its division. The division winner with the better record organizes the conference title game. Southern Miss is set in West C-USA.
The United States conference announced that it will not hold championship events in Mississippi until the state changes its flag. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)
The SEC also threatens championship events
Conference USA is announced after the Southeastern Conference held last week. In a statement, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey called for the flag of Mississippi to be changed, saying the conference would consider not holding its championship events in Mississippi "until the flag is changed."
“It is time to change the Mississippi state flag. Our students deserve the opportunity to learn and compete in environments that involve and welcome everyone, ”said Sankey in a statement last Thursday. "If nothing changes, consideration is given to preventing Southeastern Conference championship events from being held in Mississippi until the state flag is changed."
Two of the 14 members of the SEC are located in Mississippi, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Sports directors from both schools supported Sankey's testimony. MSU and Ole Miss have not shown the flag on campus for several years.
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NCAA extends the Confederate Flag Policy
On Friday, the NCAA expanded its Confederate flag policy to "prevent NCAA championship events from being played in states where the symbol has a prominent presence," and specifically mentioned Mississippi as "the only state currently owned by the Policy is affected ".
The amendment complements the directive, which previously prohibited the allocation of locations that were determined before a championship to states with the Confederate flag:
The guideline previously prohibited the allocation of locations that were set prior to a championship in states with the Confederate flag. However, if a college or university team has the right to host a championship game based on their tournament sowing or rankings - which is considered an undetermined award - the team can host on their college campus or in their home area.
"There is no place for symbols or acts of discrimination and oppression in college athletics or in the world," said Michael V. Drake, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors. “We need to continuously explore ways to protect and improve the championship experience for college athletes. Extending the Confederate flag to all championships is an important step for the NCAA to offer a high quality experience to all participants and fans. "
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