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North Carolina ACC Teams to Withdraw if Conference Boycotts, Bill Says

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North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams cuts down the net after winning the ACC regular season championship on March 4, 2017. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 09:03 AM

North Carolina athletic teams would withdraw from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) if the conference boycotts the state again, a group of Republican lawmakers proposed in a bill filed this week.

House Bill 728 would force the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State to leave their athletic conference if it boycotts the state, the Charlotte Observer reported. The bill is in response to the ACC's decision to boycott North Carolina after the state legislature passed House Bill 2, nicknamed around the country as the "bathroom bill."

House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, required people to use the bathroom of the gender that appears on their birth certificates and prohibited local governments from enacting their own regulations that ban discrimination, the News & Observer noted.

The NCAA and the ACC pulled events from North Carolina in response to House Bill 2, CNN noted. It was repealed last month in a compromise between newly elected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders.

State Rep. Mark Brody, one of the sponsors of the new bill forcing North Carolina universities to leave a conference that boycotts the state, called the ACC's position during the House Bill 2 controversy "radical," according to the Charlotte Observer.

"I think there are a lot of conferences that would love to have North Carolina, including having a national championship basketball team join their conference," Brody said, referring the University of North Carolina, noted the Observer. "None of the other conferences took this radical approach that the ACC did."

The bill is also sponsored by state representatives Bert Jones, Chris Millis, Jeff Collins, and Justin Burr.

The University of North Carolina won the NCAA national basketball championship earlier this month, defeating Gonzaga University in the finals in Glendale, Arizona. The university's spokeswoman Joanne Peters issued a statement supporting its membership in the ACC.

"Carolina is proud to be a member of the ACC and our affiliation has benefited both the University and the state," Peters said, according to the newspaper. "We are pleased that earlier this month the ACC restored North Carolina's ability to host tournaments and championships. We will monitor the legislation should it move forward to determine its potential impacts."

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