Saturday, August 06, 2005

The NCAA and mascots

I see the NCAA is really getting involved with the old Native American mascot controversy now. Their latest move is banning offensive mascots from use in NCAA championship tournaments. Florida State and some other schools are pretty pissed off about this, and there might be a legal challenge filed in the near future. What I don't get is how the NCAA is claiming to decide which Native American mascots are offensive and which aren't. They came up with a list of over a dozen schools with Native American mascots that they did not consider offensive, but a whole bunch more that were offensive.

So what's Illinois going to be known as in the future? The Fighting Farmers from Champaign-Urbana? Not quite the same historic ring as Fighting Illini.

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