USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will skip the College Football Playoff meeting in Indianapolis in the wake of the Religious Freedom Act, according to his Twitter account:
I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity
— Pat Haden (@ADHadenUSC) March 31, 2015
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill last Thursday that allows private businesses to refuse service to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender communities. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, immediately released a statement expressing its concern over the controversial law and indicated that it could sever its ties with the state.
The Big Ten Conference, which holds its football championship game in Indianapolis each year, followed suit by releasing a statement outlining that “its member institutions believe in promoting an inclusive environment in which athletic competition can operate free from discrimination.”
The playoff committee is scheduled to meet in Indianapolis this week as the men’s basketball Final Four takes place in the same city. Haden appears to be the only one of the 13 members not attending as of yet, but given the decisive moves by the NCAA and Big Ten since the bill was signed into law, further developments and reaction could be forthcoming.
Stay tuned to Today’s U for the latest on the upcoming CFP meeting and the further reaction to the new Indiana law.