University of North Dakota Will Resume Using Fighting Sioux Nickname
What do you think about this news? The NCAA cracks me up, they are only in power because schools are afraid to walk away from them. I think college football will be the sport that leads a conference to walk away from the NCAA and their inconsistent rules and regulations.
The University of North Dakota will resume using its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname despite threats from the NCAA, the school’s president said Wednesday, marking the latest twist in a protracted fight about a name that critics consider offensive.
A state law repealed last year had required the university use its longtime nickname and logo that shows the profile of an American Indian warrior. But supporters of the name filed petitions late Tuesday demanding that the issue be put to a statewide vote.
University President Robert Kelley said the school decided to resume using the name and logo to respect the state’s referendum process, which requires that the pro-nickname law be in effect while the secretary of state reviews the petition signatures. He has about a month to do so.
“As soon as that petition was filed last night, the law reverts,” Kelley told the Associated Press. “I don’t want to violate the law.”
The NCAA has told the university that continued use of the nickname and logo would expose the school to sanctions, including banning the university from hosting post-season tournaments and its athletes from wearing uniforms with the logo or nickname in postseason play.