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William and Mary to change athletic logo before Fall 2007 [PC police on the march]
W&M Press Release ^ | Oct 10, 2006 | Brian Whitson

Posted on 10/10/2006 1:57:35 PM PDT by Pharmboy

(Williamsburg, VA)–The College of William and Mary has notified the National Collegiate Athletic Association that during the next academic year the College will phase out the two feathers that are currently a part of its athletic logo.

The decision comes in response to a recent NCAA ruling regarding William and Mary’s athletic logo. While the Association stipulated that the nickname “Tribe” was not problematic, the College was forced to change its logo or face sanctions that would restrict its opportunities in NCAA postseason play.

“It is galling that a university with such a consistent and compelling record of doing intercollegiate athletics the right way is threatened with punishment by an organization whose house, simply put, is not in order,” said William and Mary President Gene R. Nichol. “Still, in consultation with our Board of Visitors, we have determined that we are unwilling to sue the NCAA to further press our claims.” Citing the opportunities such legal action would foreclose for student athletes, the time and resources it would require, and its possible impact on the university’s position as a leader in American higher education, Nichol concluded that adhering to the NCAA’s decision “is the correct course for the College,” adding, “We are required to hold fast to our values whether the NCAA does so or not.”

“The Board and I agree that it is time for us to move on as an institution,” said Michael K. Powell, rector of the College. “Rather than drawing on our resources to take the debate with the NCAA to the courts, we should devote ourselves to the more critical elements of our mission. Our staff and faculty, and most of all our students, deserve no less.”

William and Mary’s decision to change its athletic logo is related to a review that began in 2004 by the NCAA of more than 30 universities’ use of mascots, nicknames, logos and imagery associated with Native Americans to determine whether they were “hostile and abusive.” In May 2006, the NCAA ruled that William and Mary’s “Tribe” nickname was neither hostile nor abusive but determined that the athletic logo – which contains two green and gold feathers – could create an environment that is offensive. William and Mary appealed that decision in June to the NCAA Executive Committee. That appeal was denied this past August.

In a letter to the campus community, Nichol cited three reasons why William and Mary will not challenge the NCAA ruling in court:

First, Nichol said, failing to comply with the NCAA ruling could mean that William and Mary athletes would not be able to compete at the highest level. Universities placed on the NCAA list are prohibited from hosting NCAA-sponsored postseason games and from using the image in NCAA-sponsored postseason play. For example, two years ago William and Mary hosted a semifinal national championship football game against James Madison University. At present, Nichol said, the College would be barred from hosting such a competition in any sport.

“I believe it is our obligation to open doors of opportunity and challenge for our students, not to close them,” Nichol said. “I will not make our athletes pay for our broader disagreements with a governing association.”

Second, Nichol said the College needs to maintain its focus on issues such as assuring access to students, supporting faculty research and classroom instruction, and providing the campus with state-of-the-art facilities.

“Given the well-known challenges that this and other universities face, I am loath to divert further energies and resources to an expensive and perhaps multi-faceted lawsuit over an athletic logo,” Nichol said. “Governing requires the setting of priorities. And our fiercest challenges reside at the core of our mission.”

Third, Nichol cited William and Mary’s place as a national treasure. The president said he was unwilling to allow the College to become a “symbol and lodestar for a prolonged struggle over Native American imagery that will likely be miscast and misunderstood to the detriment of the institution.”

Nichol also cited several examples of William and Mary’s status as a model institution in terms of scholar athletes. For example, William and Mary’s athletic program last year achieved the fifth-highest Academic Performance Rating in the nation, according to a formula established by the NCAA. In a recent NCAA survey on Graduation Success Rate, William and Mary sports teams far exceeded the national averages of Division I athletic programs, and 11 teams at the College graduated 100 percent of their players. Each year, the College graduates approximately 95 percent of senior student athletes. During the past decade, two William and Mary student athletes have been named Rhodes Scholars and 42 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Nichol said a new logo will be developed before the start of the fall 2007 semester. The president has asked Sam Sadler, vice president for student affairs, to chair a committee that will oversee the development of a new athletic logo. That committee will involve students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the process.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: college; indians; logos; ncaa; politicalcorrectness
Amazing that the Seminoles kept theirs.
1 posted on 10/10/2006 1:57:36 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

I said 'Whoa no', William and Mary won't do now....


2 posted on 10/10/2006 1:58:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pharmboy

I hope the NCAA loses their @ss in countersuit. Maybe the Seminoles or the Illini are up to the task?


3 posted on 10/10/2006 2:02:17 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Pharmboy
If you have a problem with this, you should write to the Chief of Operations at the NCAA Headquaters in Indianapolis, Indiana...
4 posted on 10/10/2006 2:03:10 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Expect a lot of democrat poll-smoking between now and 11/7)
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To: Pharmboy
The offensive logo:


5 posted on 10/10/2006 2:05:00 PM PDT by SuperSonic (Bush "lied", people dyed.......their fingers purple.)
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To: dfwgator

Great song...great album. You and I are getting old, friend. But, better than the alternative.


6 posted on 10/10/2006 2:05:07 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
If you have a problem with this, you should write to the Chief of Operations at the NCAA Headquaters in Indianapolis, Indiana...

I think they should just bury the hatchet.

7 posted on 10/10/2006 2:05:26 PM PDT by Lekker 1 (("...the world will be...eleven degrees colder by the year 2000" -- K. Watt, Earth Day, 1970)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

LOL! A dose of reality.

It's not really about the names, it's about NCAA power.


8 posted on 10/10/2006 2:05:54 PM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: SuperSonic

Thanks for posting. Unbelievable...


9 posted on 10/10/2006 2:05:57 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: Pharmboy
Amazing that the Seminoles kept theirs.

I'd settle for them banning that constant chanting. Cheeze does that grate on the nerves.

10 posted on 10/10/2006 2:06:00 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: dfwgator

Another Dan head...


11 posted on 10/10/2006 2:07:14 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: SuperSonic

Take off the feathers and put two penis's on it. The fruits at NCAA would love that.


12 posted on 10/10/2006 2:08:21 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Pharmboy
"the athletic logo – which contains two green and gold feathers – could create an environment that is offensive."


13 posted on 10/10/2006 2:08:30 PM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Pharmboy

I think we ought to form a class action with people named William or Mary. How dare the university use their names without their permission.


14 posted on 10/10/2006 2:09:12 PM PDT by Lekker 1 (("...the world will be...eleven degrees colder by the year 2000" -- K. Watt, Earth Day, 1970)
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To: dfwgator

Lol. A Steely Dan fan


15 posted on 10/10/2006 2:11:18 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: SuperSonic
couldn't they just say they are writing quills?
16 posted on 10/10/2006 2:11:36 PM PDT by CzarNicky (Gentlemen, Dethklok has summoned a troll.)
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To: Pharmboy

The 'Fighting Sioux" at UND are still fighting...SSDD from the NCAA.


17 posted on 10/10/2006 2:11:43 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Pharmboy

PC has hit Northeastern State University 'Redmen' in Tahlequah, OK, too. They are changing their logo/team name.

Tahlequah is the Capitol of the Cherokee Tribe.


18 posted on 10/10/2006 2:12:00 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: siunevada

How about keeping the letters WM, getting rid of the feathers and putting a slot machine it their place?


19 posted on 10/10/2006 2:12:38 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Lekker 1

Count me in..


20 posted on 10/10/2006 2:12:54 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: SuperSonic

I'm totally offended

actually, I have NO idea why any person in their right mind would be offended. (emphasis on "right mind")


21 posted on 10/10/2006 2:12:59 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Pharmboy

As a peaceful Irishman, I'm offended by the term 'Fighting Irish." Do you think I can get the NCAA to ban that?


22 posted on 10/10/2006 2:13:13 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: Pharmboy

All of these Nazi tactics by the NCAA will certainly backfire. Here in Illinois, the school might be forced to remove the "Chief Illiniwek" as the official mascot, but I guarantee that "unofficial" displays of the Chief will skyrocket at games and elsewhere. I look for the NCAA to then try to dictate that schools must prevent fans from wearing the supposedly "offensive" mascot on their bodies at games, etc. (It wouldn't surprise me a bit.)


23 posted on 10/10/2006 2:13:39 PM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Smokin' Joe
North Dakota Fighting Sioux logo:


24 posted on 10/10/2006 2:14:49 PM PDT by SuperSonic (Bush "lied", people dyed.......their fingers purple.)
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To: JimmyMc

Sorry--the Celts, Irish, Scots, Korean, Jews, Italians, etc. are not in protected minorities.


25 posted on 10/10/2006 2:14:57 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: Pharmboy
and North Dakota is suing the NCAA, (who are housed in Indianapolis, Indiana!!!)

Keep your grubby paws off my leather drawers!

The logo exudes Manliness. something those NCAA weenies don't show!

26 posted on 10/10/2006 2:15:39 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Pharmboy

The Seminole Indian Tribe officially and vigorously supported FSU, and that, apparently, was the clinching argument.

NCAA did not want to "upset" the Seminoles. OK to "upset" FSU students, graduates and faculty, but not the Tribe!

BTW, I am very pleased that the Seminoles did support FSU. NCAA was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off base on this one. IMHO!

I hope to live long enough to see this and all the other PC bullshit which is doing such severe damage to our great Nation well and truly dead and buried in the compost pile of history where it surely belongs!


27 posted on 10/10/2006 2:16:16 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Pharmboy

The Sem. Nation in FL endorses FSU


28 posted on 10/10/2006 2:16:28 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: dfwgator

...and I didn't think the girl could be so cruel.


29 posted on 10/10/2006 2:16:50 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: CzarNicky

tobacco leaves


30 posted on 10/10/2006 2:27:52 PM PDT by kenavi (Save romance. Stop teen sex.)
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To: JimmyMc

That's a great idea. Why don't you go down to The Blarney Stone in South Boston and get signatures for a petition.


31 posted on 10/10/2006 2:30:09 PM PDT by massgopguy ((I owe everything to George Bailey))
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To: SuperSonic

How is that logo in the least bit offensive? Even if it is making a reference to Indian braves, what is so wrong about that? Aren't Native Americans proud of their culture? Isn't being brave and courageous a virtue? The NCAA should be told to go stuff it.


32 posted on 10/10/2006 2:33:36 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Pharmboy

Funny. I've never seen the University of xxxx 'Dweebs'.


33 posted on 10/10/2006 2:45:14 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Pharmboy

Headline could read: "William and Mary show white feather to NCAA"


34 posted on 10/10/2006 2:51:12 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Pharmboy
could create an environment that is offensive

I'm surprised that the teams can even keep score anymore...

35 posted on 10/10/2006 3:09:21 PM PDT by gdc314
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To: Pharmboy

For what its worth, the WM president and his entire board of visitors are huge democrats.


36 posted on 10/10/2006 3:23:16 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey
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To: Pharmboy

Why are we honoring the absurd wishes of the American Indians? What claim to fame do they have? We've bettered their lives and any mention of the savage people their ancestors were should be seen as an undeserved complement.


37 posted on 10/10/2006 3:41:20 PM PDT by Jaysun (Idiot Muslims. They're just dying to have sex orgies.)
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To: Pharmboy

I wonder what Thomas Jefferson would do.


38 posted on 10/10/2006 3:45:29 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Pharmboy

So having their names associated with the University where Phi Beta kappa was born would demean Native Americans? Someone please pass me the airsick bag. This article needs a barf alert.


39 posted on 10/10/2006 3:54:16 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (Appeasement never works. It only encourages new and escalating demands.)
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To: .cnI redruM

The libs have trouble deciding which idiocy to support next.


40 posted on 10/10/2006 4:12:37 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: Pharmboy

We should all send them a white feather.



symbol of cowardice...I am so tired of everyone just buckling to this PC crap.


42 posted on 10/10/2006 4:20:50 PM PDT by kalee
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To: m1aspringfield
Well, we do have the Vikings.
44 posted on 10/10/2006 4:33:15 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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