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Swofford: No decision on '17 ACC title game site



A couple of months could remain before the college football world learns where its most conspicuous political pawn -- the ACC championship game -- will land in 2017.

Such was the suggestion of ACC commissioner John Swofford on Sunday. North Carolina's House Bill 2 -- widely known as the bathroom law -- still is in place for now, and Swofford said the future of that controversial law will affect decisions on future sites.

"We'll just have to see how that plays out," Swofford told reporters Sunday morning inside the Tampa Convention Center.

Charlotte has a contract to host the game through 2019, but Orlando was picked as an 11th-hour host this past season due to the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, widely deemed to be targeted against members of the LGBT community. North Carolina's legislature didn't repeal the bill last month.

"If something changes in the state of North Carolina that would be welcome," Swofford said. "But our presidents made what they believe is a principled decision in that regard as to where our championships should be held and shouldn't.

"I don't see that principle changing, but I know there have been and continue to be discussions going on in North Carolina that could alter the current bill, and there are court cases that could alter it."

Swofford said no deadline has been made as to when a '17 site should be chosen, but noted it must be made earlier than last season. Orlando, chosen as an emergency host site in September, remains "very much a viable option" for '17, Swofford said.

ACC presidents meet again in March.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 8, 2017 11:33am]


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