University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden stated Tuesday that he won’t attend the College Football Playoff committee meetings scheduled this week in Indianapolis due to the Indiana’s recent passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In two separate conversations on Monday, NCAA President Mark Emmert stated that he is “anxiously” awaiting Indiana’s so-called clarifications to the recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act and if unsatisfied with the results, could potentially move already scheduled NCAA-sponsored events from the state.
Indiana Pacers legend and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller jumped in on the criticism of Indiana over the passage of SB101, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Fellow Hall of Famer Charles Barkley also strongly criticized the state over the anti-gay law.
On the day Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB101 — the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — into law, ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter to call on both the NCAA and National Football League to no longer hold any events in the state.
After Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a “religious freedom bill” into law Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert stated that he was “especially concerned” about how that would affect future events the NCAA would possibly hold in the state.