Editorial: NCAA not kidding with 'Fighting Sioux' nickname

"It might be that the myopic North Dakotans who insist on defending the discredited University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux logo are a lot like the stubborn mule that’s not paying attention. The old story goes that a whack between the eyes with a two-by-four was the attention-getter. The whack between the eyes for stubborn UND logo supporters is the latest missive from the NCAA, but the UND mules still are not paying attention. It’s beyond stubborn. It’s foolhardy.

The damage to the university from the Legislature’s political capitulation to a behind-the-scenes influential cadre of logo supporters cannot be minimized. The late-to-the-party lawmakers who voted to order UND and the state Board of Higher Education to keep the logo acted like the negotiated agreement between the board and the NCAA did not exist.

Well, it does exist, and the NCAA intends to adhere to its provisions. A spokesman for the collegiate athletic association was crystal clear about that this week. The Legislature’s less-than-thoughtful stance will have no effect on the NCAA’s position regarding the logo. And what will that mean?"

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Forum editorial: NCAA not kidding about UND (The Fargo Forum 4/21)

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