NCAA president Mark Emmert supports the return of championships to North Carolina, but he also recognizes the state made just enough changes to the controversial House Bill 2 in order to satisfy the organization. Seven championships were pulled from the state due to HB2, which was criticized as discriminatory against transgender people because it required them to use bathrooms based on their birth certificate and not by the gender in which they identify. The bill was repealed last month in time for the NCAA reverse its ban on the state. “They kind of did the absolute minimum to earn their way back into the association’s good graces,” Emmert said Thursday at the Associated Press Sports Editors annual meeting with commissioners. “The governor isn’t happy with it. A lot of people aren’t happy with it. … People who are pro-HB2 aren’t happy with it either. I wound up convinced the governor got as good a deal as they were going to get passed in that legislature.” While North Carolina is now scheduled to host 23 championship events through 2022, any adjustments to the current law will be met with swift action if the NCAA doesn’t approve of the changes. -Erick Smith, USA Today, Read More
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