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NCAA Announces Policy that Could Have Negative Impact on Duke/UNC


Because of all the chatter around the decision of the NCAA to not mention UNC Basketball and Football in its own most recent set of Allegations against the Tar Heels, another potentially important policy by the organization seems to have been looked overlooked. Last week the NCAA announced that it has passed an anti-discrimination provision for the awarding of NCAA Championship sites, requiring that states that seek to host its events “must demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.” The decision comes on the heels of the passing of HB 2 in North Carolina, a bill that restricts the ability of local entities to provide anti-discrimination provisions in their communities on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill has caused a great deal of controversy around the state with businesses, musical artists and the NBA threatening or sustaining boycotts of the state. The NCAA’s announcement provides that if North Carolina or other states, have such legislation in place starting next year, the NCAA will consider either not rewarding or pulling its championships away in those locations.

What does this all mean? Well on the surface it seems to mean that unless North Carolina changes its law, the NCAA will not allow any NCAA Tournament sites in North Carolina. That of course is huge. Over the course of the past 20 years, it has been a rare year when either the first and second rounds or occasionally the Regional itself, have not been played in North Carolina. With Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh picked as possible sites, the best North Carolina and Duke teams have been almost assured of essentially two home games on their way to the Final Four. This has undoubtedly had a positive impact and the high attendance at these locations is part of the reason for their assignment as hosts. If the state of North Carolina does not change its law this summer (the NCAA gave a July 1 deadline), beginning in 2017, such sites may no longer be allowed as hosts. That is a big deal.

Regardless of what you think about the legislation or the boycotts (feel free to debate in the comments section, although you can be assured that you are unlikely to change anyone’s mind in the process…rare is the person who has a belief on an issue and then changes that strongly held notion because of an anonymous comment on a blog), one thing is clear…they are having an impact. And while the economic longterm effect is still to be determined, from a strictly basketball standpoint HB 2 will have a negative impact on two of the biggest college basketball programs under the new NCAA policy. Will that be enough to change the law in a basketball obsessed state such as North Carolina (or keep such laws from being passed in oh say, Kentucky)? That remains to be seen.

Article written by Matt Jones

60 Comments for NCAA Announces Policy that Could Have Negative Impact on Duke/UNC

  1. jwild
    8:44 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    “unless North Carolina changes its law, the NCAA will not allow any NCAA Tournament sites in North Carolina” – bullsh!t, no way this happens, they’ll figure out a way around it, just like they figured out how to get away with 10 years of academic fraud

    • Megan
      12:47 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Let’s give them their due: It was 18 years of academic fraud.

  2. 2thepoint
    8:54 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    That means it is political suicide if they don’t change it. I believe they would anyway, but now they will have to or face the masses of basketball fans in NC.

  3. huehue
    8:59 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    How long before Rachel Dolezal can start suing people for calling her white?


    • SADmaninKy
      11:22 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      I am an Eskimo, even though I was born Caucasian.

  4. BlueFrank
    9:09 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    All this for the .00001% of he-shes out there. NCAA is retarded.

    • Megan
      1:01 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      No, this is not limited to transsexuals using bathrooms. It applies to all gays, lesbians, and bisexuals as well. Understand: The NC law allows open discrimination of anyone who is not heterosexual. A restaurant can hang a sign in its window saying: “Gays are not served here.” And that would be perfectly legal. So “all this” is for a good reason.

  5. cjd11
    9:18 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t they have a similar rule for South Carolina and Mississippi due to the Confederate Flag incorporation to the state flag? Also, will this restrict North Carolina hosting bowl games and the ACC Championships?

  6. david8577
    9:23 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    If you have a penis, go to the bathroom with MEN on the door. How is this difficult?

    • leon singleton
      10:20 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Pedophiles want to go in the little girls rest room.

    • Sarahvah
      12:01 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      You’re more likely to get molested by a republican lawmaker than a transperson in a public restroom though.

    • david8577
      1:12 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Sarah, that’s not a true statement. And even if it were, the republican lawmakers, assuming they have penises, need to be blowing each other in the men’s room, not the women’s room.

    • CatBC
      7:15 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Need to be afraid of priests and ministers not transgenders. Notorious pedophiles among that group.

    • david8577
      8:24 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      I’m personally not afraid of anything or anyone. But yeah, priests and ministers are pretty notorious pedephiles. Back on topic, how does it “hurt” anyone to say “those with a penis, use this bathroom”?

    • damage_control
      3:07 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      What if someone has both male & female parts david?

  7. GroundControlToNumber9
    9:26 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    How many people let their children go to the restroom by themselves ever???

    The sole reasoning behind this legislation is “to protect our little girls” yet… it doesn’t even exist. There are no little girls in the restroom by themselves. It’s a false flag.

    Ever have a discussion with a h o m o ophobe? You will realize quickly they are hiding in the closet and eventually hide behind the bible to end the discussion. In the end they fear their shadow being accepted because then they’d have to confront coming out (fear of humiliation)

    • leon singleton
      10:22 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Pedophiles hide cameras in little girls rest rooms.

    • leon singleton
      10:28 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      the pedophiles will sniff the little girls toilet seats. I don’t think people with little girls want the creeps lurking around their rest rooms.

    • ceeph
      10:19 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      My 9 yr old does when she is out with me. I stand outside the Womens restroom door while she goes in.

    • Megan
      1:07 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      More to the point, what doesn’t exist is the threat posed by transsexuals. Attacking women and children in bathrooms is already against the law. The implied danger, according those who want to protect our little girls, is that men who identify as women will attack women and children. And there’s no evidence for that whatsoever.

  8. Ky_Tom
    9:52 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    @ jwild..You can’t make it any more plan than that..I think its total BS N Carolina skates free, while others have paid the price for cheating 1/10 as much as Carolina has cheated…..
    I wish other programs would sound off to the NCAA….Had this been UK..The Death Sentence would have already been handed down..coaches fired, AD fired, maybe even the school president too.

  9. Sarahvah
    9:55 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Really stupid comments above and below aside. McCrory is about to goof up in one of the fastest growing states of our time. No more Duke games in Raleigh though? I’ll take it.

    • VulcanEar
      12:17 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      It’s comments like these that make me glad I fled Kentucky years ago. Too many hate filled people.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:43 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Fled, huh? Kind of like East Germany?
      Tell me, how did you get past the wall and the machine guns?

  10. “You are unlikely to change anyone’s mind in the process…because of an anonymous comment on a blog”, says a guy who makes his living in part off clicks. No problem with that here. Just be honest that you posted this for the clicks.

  11. marco UK fan
    10:18 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    The NCAA sets such a great example of morality in all matters. They are the standard of all that’s right and decent in society. It’s about time we heard the definitive word on it.

    Or . . . maybe not. 🙂

  12. ekutravis02
    10:33 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Seems to me that the last time I was in Rupp Arena/Commonwealth Stadium both venues were home to multiply “family” restrooms which are open to all genders – Male – Female – Undecided

    • abgunz
      12:38 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      The family restrooms aren’t good enough. They want to use the restrooms of their self-perceived gender.

  13. mikeintn
    10:53 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Everyone just needs to boycott the people and companies that are boycotting NC, the day paypal said they wasn’t going to be adding the 400 jobs to Charlotte because they didn’t agree with NC values, I sent them an email stating that I didn’t agree with their values, and close my account, I know I’m only one, but if everyone that didn’t agree with them would do the same these companies and people that think they are somebody would stop this crap of threatening, if people had done it to the first ones that started this crap the NCAA would have never grown beer muscles and open their silly mouths.

    • SADmaninKy
      11:26 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      I did the same.

    • damage_control
      3:11 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Boycott the NCAA then. My suggestion-start with this site.

  14. WillB
    10:58 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    I hate Duke and UNC as much as the next guy, but I do think that if you have a penis, you need to use the men’s room. I don’t really understand why so many people are having a hard time getting on board with that.

    • Megan
      1:14 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Please clarify. Do you mean “if you have a penis” presently, regardless of whether you were born with one? If a man has a sex change operation, you want him/her to go into the bathroom your little girl is in? Just want to make sure what you’re saying here.

  15. leon singleton
    11:13 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Its a shame the NCAA don’t want to protect little girls and boys from creeps in rest rooms.

  16. GroundControlToNumber9
    11:35 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    If you think your a Christian…
    1. Once you realize this has nothing to do with a real threat to women of any age (or boys/men)… you will be staring at people who point to the bible but don’t know the words in it (hypocrites)…
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matt. 7:1)
    “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” (Romans 14:13)

    If you aren’t a Christian but still have a problem here…

    2. There are no police at any bathroom (nor have there ever been). So if the bad people are men dressed as women then “little boys” have just as much threat as “little girls” in your “pedophile’s gone wild” fear induced false flag world.

    So if you think this legislation protects “little girls” (which it doesn’t) then it completely leaves “little boys” in the same “dangerous world” they have always been in since the dawn of time (going to the bathroom in a room filled with men dressed as men, pedophiles dressed as men, men dressed as women, men dressed as dinosaurs, men dressed as men, & men dressed as s a t a n worshippers).

    • bluehappypappy
      11:52 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      You believe Christian’s are judging? Blame God He has judged it as an abomination already!! A brother or sister is in Christ, not of the world!!!

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      12:38 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      bluehappypappy –

      So completely ignore the 2 quotes I referenced and make your own statement that is lacking quotes. What your interested in is the pulpit without the discipline.

      “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”
      – Romans 2:1

      “…because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
      – James 2:13

      “…God will judge.”
      – Hebrews 13:4

      Not you… or anyone else.

    • Wah Wah
      5:17 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Screw your religion and your God.

      I’m not Christian nor would I ever be. Having read the Bible and studied the history of the West (Christendom), it is clear that Christianity is false. Jesus may (or may not have existed). Regardless, every statement uttered by Ieshua is plagiariazed from the East (Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, etc). There is nothing original in the Old or New Testaments.

      What you call Christianity is an abomination created by the Roman God/Caesar Constantine. It is all a lie.

      I care not what your God calls an abomination. He is an abomination. He is a envious, genocidal man child of a God. The moron who called himself YHWH is a greater fool than the Gods of Greece and Rome.

      Any time the Christians say something is bad or an abomination, it is usually the fear or envy of their God speaking. He is a weak God. Any being in constant need of flattery and supplication is weak and contemptible. The Christian God reminds me much of Barack Obama. Weak, vacillating, ill tempered, arrogant and, generally, an ill behaved child who needs a good spanking and some damned sense.

      The God of the Christians and the Jews forbade intelligence and knowledge of morality. Adam and Eve (and Lilith before she refused to bow down to Adam) were punished for daring to hunger for knowledge and to be responsible for themselves.

      The God of the Christians is a slave God. He speaks of free will but hates it.

      Christianity needs to die. Humanity would be much better off if Abraham had stayed in Uruk and died an Akkadian Semite.

    • RealCatsFan
      7:14 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      ^^ It is at once alarming and amusing when the Scientology nutjobs put on their tin foil hats and start ranting and raving. The big problem with Christianity is when some people take a fundamentalist, simpleton view and try to take the Bible literally. A good portion of it was originally written as allegory and political cartoons. No matter what faith you follow, the teachings of Christ represent a guideline on how to live in love and peace with your fellow human being. THAT is the main teaching point that should be taken from the Bible.

    • ceeph
      10:36 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. This was said by Jesus in the bible. I have to point out your total lack of understanding of the scriptures you quoted. Christians are not told to never make any judgments but to judge righteously. you can make judgements about sinful things what you cant judge is a persons heart. If a person repents of sin you as christian cant sit back in judgement and say I don’t think they really meant that because you can not see that persons heart. On the other hand if you see them steal something you can definitely make the judgement according to scripture that they have committed a sin. See the difference?

    • bluehappypappy
      11:04 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Jesus and His JUDGEMENT destroyed sodom and gomorrah. Jesus said before Abraham WAS I AM. Anyone that accepts the world and leads people to believe it’s okay to do anything other than what God say’s doesn’t fear God and becomes partaker of that sin!!! READ YOUR BIBLE.

    • VulcanEar
      11:37 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Leviticus also says do not wear clothes of mixed fabric. I guarantee you don’t follow that one. It also says do not eat shellfish. And, it goes on to name numerous other ridiculous commands. Bet you don’t follow those either. No, it’s the picking and choosing that makes you such a high and mighty Christian.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      11:52 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      VulcanEar, it is important for you to understand that Jesus came to free us from the law so that we did not have to uphold it all but can now rely upon His grace. The law was impossible to uphold. The point of the law is to show men that they cannot be good. Many men think they are good, but that is compared to other men. When we compare to God’s standards we are hopeless. But Christ gives us hope because he died to fulfill the law. We don’t have to follow the Old Testament law anymore if we have found freedom in Christ. Unfortunately if a person chooses to reject God and his sacrifice then he will be accountable for his own deeds under the law. I hope that sheds some light on your viewpoint.

    • Megan
      1:16 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Jesus. Enough already.

    • ceeph
      1:43 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Hey Vulcan Ear Leviticus is in the old testament and was part of the law of Moses Christians are not bound by the old testament unless that principle was carried over into the New Testament. The law of moses (old testament ) was nailed to the cross when Jesus was. it is given to us for our learning but its laws are not binding on christians today. If they were we would be sacrificing bulls and goats on altars as well.

  17. Wah Wah
    5:08 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

    “rare is the person who has a belief on an issue and then changes that strongly held notion because of an anonymous comment on a blog”

    Prove it!

  18. rolandrmoore1965
    9:09 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

    If enough states pass laws that keep the distinction between male and female when it comes to public restrooms, then where will the NCAA play its games? The NCAA is bad enough already, without getting into politics. We know how Matt feels and we have come to accept that about him….kind of like the uncle at the family reunion who smells a little funny and has a nose whistle. My humble opinion.

    • washingtonwildcat
      9:33 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      There are plenty of states who’s political agendas are not guided by the extreme right…NCAA events will be welcome there, as will people of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious/spiritual preferences, skin color, last names, birthplaces, immigrant or non-immigrant, high school they attended and any identifying factor.

    • Megan
      1:27 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      It’s not politics. That’s a convenient out. It’s civil rights. It’s tolerance. It’s a basic respect for people who are not exactly like you are. When you get right down to it, why should you care how someone else lives his or her life? It’s got nothing to do with you. It’s not really any of your business. Just go about your life and be happy and let others do the same.

  19. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    9:25 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

    As a Christian, I love each one of you. Regardless of your beliefs, I care about you. My only hope in this world is Jesus. I do take the Bible literally, and in context. There is no problem there. I do not hate people. People are not the enemy. So many people believe so many things and totally depend on their own understanding of situations, please don’t do that. There is truth out there, truth that truly stands up to the test. I am human and have made mistakes. But I am thankful that Jesus took my punishment and now I can be forgiven by God. Sometimes Christians do pass judgement, and they shouldn’t. But sometimes Christians are accused of judging when they are simply reading God’s verdict. None of us are good enough to go to Heaven. Being for or against these laws doesn’t help your personal need for a relationship with God. Heaven is a perfect place and imperfection cannot be accepted there or Heaven itself would become imperfect. We have all sinned at some point. God loves us enough that he offered his son as a sacrifice to shed innocent blood to cover our sins and be a substitute for us so that we may enter perfect Heaven. Not all Christians are hateful homophobes. And not all people who call homosexuality a sin should be labeled as a hateful homophobe either. There is room for discussion and love and peace.

    • Chip Chipperson
      10:28 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Good so lets mulch over the whole Noah thing that puts us at least 10 million animals on one boat? Is that in context or literal? The old testament is a bit silly to be taken literally with all the incest and murder I always thought of it more in line with an Aesop’s Fable.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      10:50 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      I literally believe there was an Ark built by a man named Noah that saved two of each “kind” of land animal as the Bible says. I believe you are addressing “species”. There were probably only about 16,000 “kinds”. Obviously there was no need for water “kinds” and insect type “kinds” wouldn’t take up much room. Also, it doesn’t specify that they were adult. Anyway, I’m sorry you find it silly. I hope you do some research into truth and don’t just rely on your feelings as to what is “silly” or not. Good luck on your journey in life and I pray that you come to know the real truth before your life here on earth ends.

    • ceeph
      1:57 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Agree with you. Many non christians read judge no lest you be judged and come to the conclusion it means you can never say anything is wrong. That is exactly the biggest problem with society today. It seems the only thing left that is wrong is saying something is wrong all else must be “tolerated”

  20. CB3UK
    11:01 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

    Political correctness and liberalism contribute to infect this once great country. For a group who views themselves as mentally astute, one would think they could learn from history.

    • VulcanEar
      11:38 am May 2, 2016 Permalink

      Please, give us a history of liberalism and how Adam Smith was vastly different?

    • Megan
      1:57 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

      So when you hear that someone is against discrimination, you want to call the PC Police? Listen to yourself!

  21. Dr. Van Nostrand
    3:22 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    The same people who believe that gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns, also believe this law will prevent predators from getting into restrooms.

    • jaws2
      5:01 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink


      It took Dr. Van Nostrand to make this as simple as it gets. Congrats sir!

  22. chimichanga
    6:13 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    Obviously the answer is to put guns in every stall.