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!
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