Minnesota College System Bars Team Travel To North Carolina
ST. PAUL (AP) - A Minnesota state university system is prohibiting athletics teams from traveling to tournaments in North Carolina this spring after that state passed a law limiting LGBT protections.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system communications director Doug Anderson said no teams will participate in tournaments in North Carolina this spring. The NCAA Division II national baseball tournament and National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series are set to take place in North Carolina.
The announcement could have an impact on our two local baseball teams. St. Cloud State University is ranked #1 in the Central Region in Division II. The Division II World Series will be held May 28 through June 4 in Cary, North Carolina.
And The St. Cloud Technical and Community College Baseball team is ranked #10 in the latest Division III national poll. The NJCAA Division III World Series is May 28th through June 2nd in Kinston, North Carolina.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton directed state employees last month to stop nonessential travel to North Carolina because of its new law limiting protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people.
Anderson said system presidents met this week, concluding "that athletics-related travel is nonessential for the purposes of this directive."