Mississippi now the only state under NCAA postseason ban

Mississippi now the only state under NCAA postseason ban

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi is now the only state under the NCAA postseason ban after South Carolina removed the confederate flag.

Mississippi and South Carolina were the only states under an NCAA ban because of the confederate emblems in the state flags, according to a Washington Post article from 2007. 

The ban set in place in 2001 prohibited both states from holding predetermined championships, according to the article.

The NCAA posted the following statement on their website Thursday afternoon after the bill was signed to remove the Confederate flag in South Carolina:

"We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. For nearly 15 years we have specifically protested the flag by not allowing states like South Carolina to host pre-selected NCAA championships. With this impending change, and consistent with our policy, South Carolina may bid to host future NCAA championships once the flag no longer flies at the State House grounds."

Several schools have chimed in with opinions on the confederate emblem from the state flag, including the University of Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss. 

Phil Bryant has said that he will not call a special session regarding the confederate emblem on the state flag.