The list of cancellations for appearances in Indianapolis were piling up like flights at a snowed-in airport, but these had nothing to do with the weather.
The state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which some feared could discriminate against the LGBT community, had that kind of impact.
But on Thursday, things changed.
Language in the law stating sexual orientation and gender identity will be specifically protected was introduced, and the alarms, at least for now, are no longer sounded at a high pitch. The amended legislation was approved by Gov. Mike Pence.
The change was announced as hundreds of media representatives, thousands of fans and millions of dollars began to pour into Indiana's capital city for the NCAA Final Four.
"We believe that it absolutely, positively needs to get fixed," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "It's a bill that creates an environment within which college athletics would find it very difficult to operate."
Had Thursday's action at the Indiana statehouse not occurred, future NCAA events may have been at risk. Next year's women's Final Four is set for Indianapolis.
Staying at Wichita St.
Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall has reached an oral agreement to remain at the school, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The university has not released details of the agreement. Multiple sources said that Marshall's new deal is worth about $3 million per year.
Marshall, according to a source, canceled plans for a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., later this week. Alabama had targeted him as its No. 1 choice to replace Anthony Grant.
Donovan gets raise
Florida coach Billy Donovan has signed a one-year contract extension that raises his annual salary from $3.7 million to about $4 million and keeps him under contract through the 2019-20 season.
He agreed to the deal last summer after the Gators run to the Final Four last year. It was signed in December, and the school released details Thursday.
• Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith, the team's leading scorer (13.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.2) this season, has decided to return for his senior year.
• Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson will be making roughly $900,000 a year under the terms of a 10-year contract extension through 2024-25. The deal will raise his salary by over $300,000 per season. He led the Panthers to a school-record 31 wins this past season.