INDIANAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Haden posted on Twitter: “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.”
The meeting coincides with the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said on Monday that the NCAA should move next year’s women’s Final Four from Indianapolis if changes aren’t made to the controversial law.
Haden is one of five current athletic directors on the 13-member selection committee that picks the four teams to participate in the College Football Playoff and compete for the national championship.
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