ACC follows NCAA lead and pulls athletic championships out of North Carolina

*FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs the ball as North Carolina's M.J. Stewart (6) moves in for the tackle during the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C. NCAA President Mark Emmert says whether the Atlantic Coast Conference decides to follow the association's lead and pull events out of North Carolina because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people is up to the league and its members. The ACC championship football game is schedule to be held in Charlotte on Dec. 3. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
*FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs the ball as North Carolina's M.J. Stewart (6) moves in for the tackle during the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C. NCAA President Mark Emmert says whether the Atlantic Coast Conference decides to follow the association's lead and pull events out of North Carolina because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people is up to the league and its members. The ACC championship football game is schedule to be held in Charlotte on Dec. 3. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA’s lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league’s championships until North Carolina repeals the law. The decision includes all championship this academic school year, which means relocating the ACC football title game that was scheduled to be played in Charlotte in December.

On Monday, the NCAA said it was relocating seven of its championships scheduled to be played in the state, including the men’s basketball first- and second-round matchups scheduled for next March in Greensboro, North Carolina.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said after the NCAA’s decision that his league would review its next steps.


Original Story:

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – ACC follows NCAA lead and pulls athletic championships out of North Carolina amid backlash over bathroom law.

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