There were two additional questions that some people wanted clarification on regarding California’s AB 1887 law and how it affects Cal Athletics going forward.
Postseason events. If Cal were to qualify for the NCAA Tournament and be sent to a place where LGBT discrimination laws are on the books, they would not be barred from competing and would likely be allowed the go-ahead from the university. Here’s the statement from Cal Athletics.
Barring any unanticipated circumstances, our intent is to support our student-athletes in their right to participate in NCAA postseason competition should they be assigned to a restricted state as designated by the Attorney General under AB 1887.
It should be noted that the NCAA has been quick to react toward the North Carolina bathroom bill law. The NCAA moved seven championship events out of North Carolina, including golf and women’s soccer championships and first and second round action from this year’s NCAA tournament.
However, there have yet to be any restrictions placed on the other three states by the NCAA. Wichita and Nashville are both set to host NCAA tournament games in 2018.
We shall see if the NCAA reconsiders given the LGBT discriminatory laws put in place. The NCAA has installed an anti-discrimination process to ensure that every championship will provide a healthy environment from people of all walks of life.
At its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the board adopted a new requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions — from the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours to educational events such as leadership development conferences — to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.
The board’s decision integrates the new requirement into the bidding process for championships, adding it to information already required that outlines available access for people with disabilities and details on playing and practice facilities. The board directed the NCAA national office staff to finalize details related to the statement's implementation; additional information will be made available as those processes are determined.
The law in question is Kansas is Senate Bill 175, signed into law by governor Sam Brownback. SB 175 reportedly is titled the Campus Religious Freedom Bill. It prohibits schools from denying funds to groups that are allowed to practice religious discrimination on campus.
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed House Bill 1840 into law last April, which allows licensed counselors and psychologists to turn away LGBT patients that suffer from mental health problems.
It remains to be seen if the state of California would bar the universities from competing in said states if the universities went ahead and permitted them.
Recruiting. Cal coaches will not be able to make recruiting trips on state funds to Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee or Kansas. That should also hold true for every other California public school program, including UCLA and all the various UC and CSU schools. A statement from Cal Athletics.
Coaches would be restricted from using state funds to recruit in affected states.
Although none of the four states are traditional hotbeds for Cal recruiting, it should be noted that some prominent Cal recruits have originated from these states. The famous Greensboro Five which helped the Bears land their best ever class originated from North Carolina; it was a group that included Keenan Allen and Chris McCain. There are three Cal football players from the state of Mississippi: Wide receiver Jordan Duncan and offensive linemen Gentle Williams and Ryan Gibson.