SoCon Tournament To Remain In Asheville
The Southern Conference announced Friday that it will honor its 2016-17 commitments to scheduled events in the state of North Carolina. These include four league championships: men’s and women’s basketball in Asheville, men’s soccer in Greensboro and men’s golf in Pinehurst.
A day before, the Atlantic Coast Conference pulled its football championship from Charlotte over the controversial House Bill 2 which many say discriminates against the LGBT community.
The ACC Championship Game had been scheduled for Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, where it had been held since 2010. The announcement came 15 days after the conference decided to pull 10 championships from North Carolina.
That decision came days after the NCAA said it would relocate its championship events from the state.
David Belcher, Chancellor, Western Carolina University and Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., Chancellor, UNC Greensboro released a joint statement on the matter:
“Western Carolina University and UNC Greensboro applaud the Southern Conference for its commitment to providing an open and welcoming environment to all people, a commitment that is shared by our respective universities and the entire UNC system.
We are pleased that the SoCon will honor its commitments to hold the 2016-17 tournaments in Asheville, Pinehurst and Greensboro. These communities will provide our student-athletes, fans, and spectators an exceptional championship experience and ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all.”