NCAA says it will review appeals of nickname policy
Aug. 19, 2005
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA said Friday that approval from American Indian tribes would be a primary factor in deciding appeals from schools that want to use Native American nicknames and mascots in postseason play.
The first review is scheduled to start next week.
Two weeks ago, the NCAA announced that it would ban the use of American Indian imagery and nicknames by school representatives at postseason tournaments starting in February. Mascots will not be allowed to perform at tournament games, and band members and cheerleaders will also be barred from using Indian images on their uniforms beginning in 2008.
The decision also prohibits schools with American Indian mascots from hosting future NCAA postseason events. Schools that have already been awarded postseason tournaments would have to cover any Indian depictions in their sports venues.
Major college football will not be affected because there is no official NCAA tournament.
All appeals will go through a staff committee chaired by Bernard Franklin, the NCAA's senior vice president for governance and membership. Decisions could then be reviewed by the NCAA's executive committee.
"This is a complex issue and the circumstances surrounding each institution's use of Native American mascots and imagery is different," Franklin said in a written statement. "Each review will be considered on the unique aspects and circumstances as it relates to the specific use and practice at that college or university."
One factor will be whether documentation exists from a "namesake" tribe that has approved use of Indian images or nicknames.
The most outspoken university officials have been at Florida State, which uses the nickname Seminoles and has already threatened a lawsuit. The Seminole Tribe of Florida announced in June it supported the use of its tribal name by Florida State. And the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma recently stated that it does not condemn Florida State for its use of the Seminole nickname.
But NCAA officials said Florida State was put on the list because otherJWe¼knole tribes were opposed.
At least 18 schools face sanctions.
"It is vitally important that we maintain a balance between the interests of a particular Native American tribe and the NCAA's responsibility to ensure an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity for all who attend and participate in our championships," NCAA President Myles Brand said in a written statement.
"We recognize that there are many points of view associated with this issue and we also know that some Native American groups support the use of mascots and imagery and some do not; that is why we will pay particular attention to special circumstances associated with each institution."
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Re: NCAA says it will review appeals of nickname policy
I wish these whining tree-huggers would just SHUT UP!
I am 1/4 Cherokee. I am part Irish. I am an adult, and I find NO offense in ANY team using the names of any native American tribes, nor in the use of "Fighting Irish". It makes me want to start up a southern college team called "The Rednecks". (Well, Texas A & M is really close to that already....).
Why don't these little limp-wristed whiners worry about what matters, like insuring equal opportunity for competition and fair play? Or financial inequities?
I hope the Black Panthers (do they still exist?) file suit against the NCAA for failing to represent them in this battle!