NCAA President Mark Emmert, center, speaks to reporters alongside Michael V. Drake, right, chair of the board and president of The Ohio State University.

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey came out first with some strong words on Thursday about the Mississippi flag and the consequences that may come for athletics in the state if a change with it does not happen.

The NCAA Board of Governors took much more stiffer position on Friday.

After Sankey issued a statement that there would “be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi,” the NCAA announced it would prevent the state of Mississippi from holding any championship events effective immediately because of the current state flag.

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