Skip to comments.NCAA deems Utah's "Utes" nickname to be "hostile or abusive"
Posted on 08/05/2005 9:28:11 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Finding the University of Utah's ''Utes'' nickname, along with the nicknames of 17 other colleges, to be ''hostile or abusive,'' the NCAA today banned the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments.
The NCAA's executive committee decided this week the organization did not have the authority to bar Indian mascots by individual schools, committee chairman Walter Harrison said Friday, but by preventing those teams from participating in its playoffs, it effectively is forcing the names to be abandoned nationwide.
The postseason ban begins Feb. 1, 2006. Said Harrison, the University of Hanford's president: ''As a national association, we believe that mascots, nicknames or images deemed hostile or abusive in terms of race, ethnicity or national origin should not be visible at the championship events that we control.''
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)
In November of 2004, the NCAA asked 33 schools were asked to submit self evaluations to the NCAA National Office to determine the extent, if any, of the use of Native American imagery or references on their campuses. Specific aspects of the self evaluations centered on three NCAA Constitution principles that reference cultural diversity and gender equity; the principle of sportsmanship and ethical conduct; and the principle of nondiscrimination.
''The NCAA objects to institutions using racial/ethnic/national origin references in their intercollegiate athletics programs,'' said NCAA President Myles Brand.
''Several institutions have made changes that adhere to the core values of the NCAA Constitution pertaining to cultural diversity, ethical sportsmanship and nondiscrimination,'' Brand said. ''We applaud that, and we will continue to monitor these institutions and others. All institutions are encouraged to promote these core values and take proactive steps at every NCAA event through institutional event management to enhance the integrity of intercollegiate athletics related to these issues.''
Schools will have an opportunity to appeal, the NCAA said.
Political Correctness - Tyranny with manners. (I believe Charlton Heston said this).
It's not surprising that the limp wristed NCAA curled in a fetal position and made this ruling. Wimps.
Tune in next week when The Fighting Irish are deemed insensitive to leprechauns
What about the MN Vikings?
So what about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish? Why does it pertain to Indian references only? The NCAA's decision seems very racist to me...
Eff the NCAA! This PC nonsense has got to stop.
They should rename the Utes to the "White Trash Rednecks" or "Lardasses". Rural country people and fat people are still fair game (for now).
Okay...so call them the Yoots.
They're not collegiate, but in the same OT vein, what about the Milwaukee Bucks?;)
what's wrong with the word yute ?
(Pesci) Is it possible, the two "yutes"...
(Judge) Eh, two what?... What was that word?
(Pesci) Ah, what word?
(Judge) Two what?
(Judge) Did you say "yutes"?
(Pesci) Yeah, two "yutes".
(Judge) What is a "yute"?
Of course they keep the $$ these programs bring in
In other words, the NCAA doesn't have the authority to order teams to change their names but they can harass teams into bending to their stupid PC nonsense agenda.
I have a feeling the NCAA is going to get an earful over this little caper. Cripes, they're still reeling from their stupid BCS legacy. What's wrong with these people?
How about the (University of) Utah Mormons? That would raise few hackles.
I went to Utah State. I'm sure we'll get sued for one reason or another. I'm surprised BYU hasn't been sued by the Sierra Club, they sure have a cougar fetish these days.
I fing the NCAA'a ruling to be hostile or abusive!
As a sidenote, no one has complained yet about my alma mater from the Sam Houston Institute of Technology...
We were called 'The Turds'...
What's next? The military getting sued over their Kiowa helicopters probably.
Wow, that's priceless!
Hey, y'all checking out this action?
Let me get this straight. They're saying that Illinois teams can't call themselves the Illini? On the news this was presented as though they wouldn't let Chief Illinewek perform in a bowl game, or something. Are they really going with an all out Inquistition here ?
Guess the Demon Deacons isn't offensive to deacons either.
Way too capitalist, clearly.
They'll have to have inoffensive, non-sexist, non-aggressive names like "Utah Mungbeans" and Central Michigan University "Meadowgrass".
I'm not a sports fan, so I have no dog in this fight, but politican correctness is actually evil.
Remember a team the "Fighting Whities" a while ago?
Toss in the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. That Braves chop is offensive and heinous! </sarc>
Why are they concerning themselves with anything besides fair play on the playing field? Sounds like somebody needs some reining in!
Sports teams are concerned with winning games, period. The racial part is inherently taken care of. You want guys who are the strongest and fastest, not a particular race.
Well just to make them get more PO'd... ILL - INI!!!
Seriously, I don't care so much about the Chief, but I think the nickname is ultra-cool and needs to stay.
yeah...but i'm never first.
On the local news tonight, the Ute Indian big chief was saying that the decision is assinine in the case of Utah. The Utes have always consulted their tribe on such matters. They're happy to have the state and a state university named after them. I'd love to see the Ute tribe sue the NCAA over this.
Yep and rolling my eyes. I think the nickname The Running Utes bit the dust a few years ago. The most ironic thing is that the Native Americans around here don't really care about the nickname(s). Political Correctness run amok. (Of course, I don't really care because I went to BYU. LOL.)
NCAA Ode To Faggotry is more like it.
LOL, I thought I was the only one on this forum that went to The Sam Houston Institute of Technology. Go Turds!!
I'm also offended that there is a national/local political party called the Democrats when they are not.
I'm also offended that the NYT calls itself the "NP of record". It's neither a NP nor anything to do with being a record. The RIAA should invesstigate immediately.
1. Ask Jordan High School if the U of U can use their mascot, "The Beetdiggers".
2. Follow Apple's example. Apple was developing a later version of it's operating system and code named it "Sagan". Carl Sagan objected to it so they renamed it "Butt-headed Astronomer". So the U could name themselves: "NCAA Morons" or "NCAA Pantloads". Something to that effect.
Brand strikes again. His PC BS took IU athletics and academics down a few notches, and now is delivering the results for NCAA.
Perhaps the U should step up to the times.
Aw hell, the Running Redskins portrayed just too much support of the peaceful Ute's accumen and ability of past. We need to accept the local natives. "They" being the aclu lawyers.
I don't understand... are our native American brothers and sisters offended by our acclaiming them as fighters, warriors, and winners???
Fine. Change the name. Big deal. Just next time, name the team after somebody that isn't afraid of being a symbol of success and winning attitude. In the meantime, maybe there's an aclu-friendly queer group that would like to name themselves the native bumhuggers or some such.
Well, I do. Ever notice the mascot for Hawaii? He's the "warrior" and is dressed in native Hawaiian garb, and prances and mugs in the most outrageous fashion. He is evidently exempt from any consideration of offensiveness. The reason is obvious. They are "really" Hawaiians - really natives - and they are authentic. I find this whole setup outrageously offensive. Is the U of H "warrior" going to be the only "native mascot" allowed ? ... on the basis of racialism ?
On the opposite side of the coin...
My son and I both attend Francis Marion University, our mascot is The Patriot, symbolized by the original Swamp Fox, Col. Francis Marion. I wonder when someone will complain about this insulting and degrading use of a white man's image?
In response to yet another outside body trying to influence whether or not Central Michigan University and other schools should employ Native American nicknames, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe issued a sharply-worded rebuke: Stay out of our business.
That was a JOINT statement from CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indians themselves.
Yep, UNC-Pembroke can use the name 'Braves' since the school was originally set up as one for the Lumbee Indians and the alums did have a lot to say in the matter.
"They should rename the Utes to the "White Trash Rednecks" or "Lardasses"."
Sorry, "White Trash Rednecks" was just snatched up by West Virginia University. Apparently they were concerned that "Mountaineers" would soon become offensive to the NCAA, too.
Hey, "Fighting Polygamists" is still up for grabs,...
A few years ago the Devils Lake ND High School changed their nickname from the "Satans" and the "Devils Lake Sioux Tribe" changed their name to the "Spirit Lake Nation"
Guess the Devil made 'em do it!
Devils Lake is about 90 miles west of Grand Forks ND, home of the "UND Fighting Sioux." UND spends tons of money on Indian (or is the PC term Native Americans?) programs like "Inmed" (short for Indians in Medicine, I guess "NAmed" doesn't have the same "ring" to it)
Or call them the Utah Uselesses. Oh no, that will offend the people on welfare and skid row.