When was the last time CMU was selected for the NCAA basketball tourney, or played in the (division II or III) football playoffs? I'm not trying to be smart, but I suspect that this is aimed more at Florida State (Seminoles). I also wonder how the NCAA proposes to keep the fans from donning warpaint, team logo's and performing the hugely annoying "Tomahawk Chop"?
2003 I believe. That's a shorter drought than the Michigan Wolverines. CMU benefits from a very large in-state basketball talent pool, so even the leftovers from the Big 10 aren't that bad.
Football is another story. I'm not sure when their last bowl game was(they are Division 1, MAC).
CMU last made the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2003, and played Duke in the second round. This would be the last time that the nickname got play on national TV. Other squds (softball, gymnastics, wrestling, men's track and field) have been in the NCAA postseason since then. Football was last in the playoffs in 1974, when CMU won the Division II national title. The thing to remember is that only four teams at CMU even had the 'Chippewa' name on their uniforms.
The NCAA can't really aim that hard at FSU, either, because any bowl game that the Seminoles would play in for football, are NOT affiliated with the NCAA. (there is no official NCAA postseason tournament in Division I-A football). This is just heavy-handed politics by the NCAA, trying to back-door a solution that they WANT but don't really have the power to make happen.