The NCAA left the Tarheels singing the blues. It packed its suitcase and moved on down the line. North Carolina watched its darling dance in another’s arms.
In response to House Bill 2, the state law that restricted use of public restrooms based on biological sex, the NCAA joined several sports organizations, musicians and companies that pulled events from North Carolina.
Greenville benefitted from the boycott in March. Furman University and the South Conference hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that were previously awarded to Greensboro.
The NCAA issued an ultimatum urging North Carolina to change its ways. Legislators responded with the fury of a B.B. King ballad. Last month, just before the NCAA’s deadline, North Carolina repealed House Bill 2 and replaced it with a Diet Coke version.