Our View: A different kind of March Madness
Rocky Mount Telegram
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A certain Southern irony played out before a national television audience Sunday night as the University of South Carolina upset legendary Duke University in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Basketball? South of Fayetteville? Who knew?
That’s supposed to be football country, isn't it?
Ah, but that’s not the irony.
Two years ago, it would have been almost impossible to play a game like that in Greenville, S.C.
That’s because the NCAA had put the kabosh on playing most of its Division I playoffs in almost any sport in South Carolina because of the Confederate flag flying over the grounds of the state Capitol.
Then-Gov. Nikki Haley and the S.C. Legislature later brought down the flag – and the hatred it symbolizes for many, many people – after the horrific shooting in a Charleston church by a young idiot who once draped himself in the flag for a YouTube video.
The NCAA noted South Carolina’s change of heart and acted accordingly.
Hence the regional games this past weekend in Greenville.
Of course, North Carolina today has its own set of issues with the NCAA over our state’s transgender bathroom law.
The NCAA already has banned several playoff events here and likely will continue to do so for as long as North Carolina leaves this misguided law in place.
That might be fine with some folks here. Others of us have a real problem with it.
But either way, it’s probably welcome news to South Carolina – and other states that stand to gain from the athletic contests, entertainment events and business relocations that North Carolina will continue to lose.
How’s that for March Madness?