July 6, 2009
A dispute between the NAACP and the state of South Carolina has compelled the ACC to shift its planned baseball tournament site from Myrtle Beach. The event was scheduled to be held in Myrtle Beach from 2011 through 2013, but now the plans have changed.
The decision to award Myrtle Beach the tournament drew criticism from the NAACP. The organization has boycotted the state since 2000 because South Carolina flies the Confederate flag on its capitol grounds. The NAACP says that the flag represents hatred and racism, while supporters of the flag say that it honors heritage.
"Our baseball committee and institutional administrators awarded the championships to Myrtle Beach with the understanding that the event had the blessing of all the parties within the state of South Carolina," says ACC commissioner John Swafford. "It has become clear that this is not the case."
The ACC will now hold the tournament in Durham in 2011 and 2013, the same site of this past year's championships. 2012 will see the event played in Greensboro, where the 2010 tournament will be played.