Legislators want to blow up the ACC | Blog: Clark – Off the Record

Conservative state legislators were not content yesterday with their effort to nullify a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

They also want to tell UNC schools what athletic conferences they may associate with.

The second measure, House Bill 728, is titled: AN ACT TO DIRECT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO RESPOND TO A BOYCOTT OF THE STATE BY A CONFERENCE OF AN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.

It is aimed at the Atlantic Coast Conference, which of course removed championship events from North Carolina in protest of the anti-LGBT law known at House Bill 2. If the ACC renewed such an action, under this bill the University of North Carolina and N.C. State University would have to pull out of the ACC.

Not Duke and Wake Forest, of course, because they are private institutions and can tell the state legislature to go to hell.

This bill also states that “The General Assembly has the final authority regarding the membership status of any constituent institution of The University of North Carolina in any intercollegiate athletic association or conference.”

Seriously? The General Assembly should decide which athletic conferences UNC schools should belong to? This is a bunch that isn’t even competent enough to do its own work most of the time, let alone manage university athletic programs.

And let’s be clear. The ACC did not make the big mess that was HB 2. That was the legislature. And every one of the sponsors who introduced this boneheaded bill voted for HB 2. Most of them also voted against repealing it last month. Instead of correcting their mistake, they want to punish those who didn’t like HB 2.

Something else they should understand is that the ACC didn’t “boycott” North Carolina. It chose to move some of its events to states that provided a better environment for them. Those states included South Carolina, Georgia and Florida….

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