Confederate flag controversy and NAACP boycott resurface amid talk of football bowl game in Charleston

By | August 11, 2013

In 2007 South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier kicked up a fuss, as he is wont to do. This time, it was over the Confederate battle flag.

“I realize I’m not supposed to get into the political arena as a football coach,” Spurrier said. “But if anybody were to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it.”

The battle flag was raised again as an economic issue in South Carolina on Friday, when organizers of a proposed college football bowl game in Charleston held a meeting of community leaders to pitch the idea.

The new Legends Bowl (the name is subject to change) would be held starting in December 2014 at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

It would pit teams from the Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences and bring an estimated annual economic impact of about $6 million to the Lowcountry.

But it won’t happen without the approval of the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics, which has enforced a moratorium on “pre-determined sites” in South Carolina since 2001, because of the flag. The moratorium is backed by the state NAACP and its economic boycott of South Carolina. (The Post Courier)

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