Confederate flag will be taken down from State Capitol on Friday morning
Thanks in large part to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley amid pressure from many groups, all flags outside the Palmetto State capitol will be lowered and NCAA Championships can take place there in the future.
More than likely, volleyball or cross country could be the first sports to play host.
In terms of basketball, all venues have been booked up to the 2018 Tournament. Looking back, 2002 had the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (formerly known as the Bi-Lo Center) host first and second round tournament games. The earliest that arena or Columbia Life Arena could host might either be in March 2019 or 2020.
Here is the statement released by the NCAA saluting the end to this nearly 15 year struggle:
“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.”
Kirk Schultz, the NCAA Board of Governors chair and Kansas State president, in a statement released by the NCAA