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August 12, 2005

NCAA goes PC

From AgapePress...

Florida State University is vowing to fight a decision by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to prohibit the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during postseason tournaments.

NCAA Executive Committee chairman Walter Harrison announced last week, effective February 1, any school with a nickname or logo deemed "hostile" or "abusive" by the NCAA will be prohibited from using those names or images in postseason events. He also noted that, starting in 2008, mascots will not be allowed to perform at NCAA tournament games, and band members and cheerleaders will not be allowed to use American Indians logos on their uniforms.

Among the 18 schools affected by these new policies is Florida State University, with its "Seminoles" team nickname and its "Chief Osceola" mascot. FSU president T.K. Wetherell calls the NCAA policy "ridiculous" and "unfair," insisting that it is insulting for the athletic organization to label the school's close bond with the Seminole people as somehow culturally abusive or hostile.

Why is it these people can't understand that you name your team after something you admire? It's a compliment, not a slur.

I also wonder if the NCAA will be banning such names as Fighting Irish, Yankees, Vikings, Spartans, Packers or even the Senators.

Just out of curiosity, do they allow the vendors to sell Cracker Jacks?

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 12, 2005 09:13 AM

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