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South Carolina’s Frank Martin calls Confederate flag protest unfortunate

South Carolina’s Frank Martin calls Confederate flag protest unfortunate

USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson breaks down how South Carolina earned a berth in the Sweet 16 by upsetting No. 2 Duke.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — A small group of protesters made sure that almost every single fan who came to Sunday’s second-round NCAA tournament games had to walk past a large Confederate flag, which was planted in the parking garage next to the arena and waved in the winds all day and night.

Everyone attending these games understood how unfortunate the symbolism looked; the reason Greenville is hosting these games at all is because the Confederate flag no longer flies at the South Carolina statehouse. While it flew, the NCAA banned its championships from taking place on South Carolina soil.

University of South Carolina coach Frank Martin understood exactly what the flag represents, and the negative story line it created on a day that should have been about two basketball games.

He addressed it, coupled with…

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