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Friday, August 05, 2005

NCAA deems Utah's "Utes" nickname to be "hostile or abusive"

This may light up the Runnin' Utes' fan base. They've moved away from the "Runnin Utes" brand somewhat over the past few years (actual "mascot" is now a red-tailed hawk), but there's certainly a lot of local feeling for "the Utes." It will be interesting to see how this plays out, if at all.

I don't have the history, but I have a recollection of the University having reached some sort of understanding with local Ute Indian tribes on this matter some years ago.

In addition to the University of Utah, the list includes:

--Alcorn State University (Braves)
--Central Michigan University (Chippewas)
--Catawba College (Indians)
--Florida State University (Seminoles)
--Midwestern State University (Indians)
--University of Utah (Utes)
--Indiana University-Pennsylvania (Indians)
--Carthage College (Redmen)
--Bradley University (Braves)
--Arkansas State University (Indians)
--Chowan College (Braves)
--University of Illinois-Champaign (Illini)
--University of Louisiana-Monroe (Indians)
--McMurry University (Indians)
--Mississippi College (Choctaws)
--Newberry College (Indians)
--University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux)
--Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Savages)

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