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FSU once used drunk 'Chief Fullabull' as mascot


Before adopting "Chief Osceola" and the "Seminoles," Florida State University once used a drunk "Chief Fullabull" mascot, a "Sammy Seminole" logo and a "Dr. Nole" medicine man to represent its sports teams.

Seminole leaders and members objected to the depictions, which they said were inaccurate and offensive. In the 1970s, the images were dropped in favor of the current mascot and nickname for the school.

The Seminole Tribe has since passed resolutions to support the new names. The tribe's stance may help FSU gain an exception from the NCAA's new policy that bars Indian mascots from post-season tournaments.

Get the Story:
FSU worked to cultivate better image of Seminole (Florida Today 8/17)

NCAA Announcement:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee - http://www1.ncaa.org/eprise/main/
membership/governance/assoc-wide/moic/index.html

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media - http://www.aimovement.org/ncrsm
Florida State University - http://www.fsu.edu
FSU Seminoles - http://seminoles.collegesports.com
Seminole Tribe of Florida - http://www.seminoletribe.com

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