South Carolina and the Columbia Regional Sports Council will not submit a bid to host the 2017 NCAA Tournament’s first and second rounds, the school announced Wednesday citing the lack of full-service hotels available from March 17-19.
“Colonial Life Arena, the University of South Carolina and Columbia would be a tremendous host for the NCAA First and Second Rounds,” athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “However, the short turnaround time of hosting the event in 2017 made it difficult to secure available full service hotel properties to have the NCAA Tournament here. We look forward to hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the future.”
South Carolina already has submitted bids to be a host site for the first and seconds rounds of the tournament in 2019-22 with hotels reserved for the necessary dates should Columbia be selected.
On Tuesday, Tanner said South Carolina was considering submitting a bid to host after the NCAA pulled a first and second round weekend from Greensboro, N.C., because of the controversial HB2 law.
ESPN reported Tuesday that South Carolina already had submitted a bid.