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Published August 13, 2011, 06:08 PM

Gov. Dalrymple and Rep. Carlson Discuss NCAA Meeting

Both Governor Dalrymple and Representative Carlson expressed some disappointment with their NCAA meeting. But, both agreed that the nickname and logo need to go because the consequences are just too serious for the University.

Both Governor Dalrymple and Representative Carlson expressed some disappointment with their NCAA meeting. But, both agreed that the nickname and logo need to go because the consequences are just too serious for the University.

Rep. Al Carlson: "I'd be foolish to tell you that I thought there would be a slam dunk to get them to change. We knew it was an uphill battle, there's been a lot of discussions, a lot of things going on," House Majority Leader Al Carlson said.

The NCAA told state legislators and University of North Dakota officials that it will not change its stance, and sanctions are set to go into affect Monday.

That means the Fighting Sioux Nickname law authored by Rep. Carlson will have to go if the school wants to stay in the NCAA. Governor Dalrymple will address that in a special session November 7th.

"But since the session has adjourned we have learned that the Big Sky Conference has stated very publicly that they do not feel that they will be able to admit a new member who continues to be under sanctions with the NCAA," Governor Jack Dalrymple said.

Governor Dalrymple is passing authority to the State Board of Higher Education to decide on nickname changes. In the meantime, the NCAA did say it will work with the Ralph Engelstad Arena to deal with changes there.

"Bernard Franklin from the NCAA is going to meet with Attorney General Stenehjem, and they're going up to UND to the Ralph to take a look at that and try and see if there's any adjustments to that original document that they can do," Rep. Carlson said.

The Big Sky Conference has threatened that UND cannot join with its current nickname and logo. The Governor is hoping talks between the NCAA and the Big Sky will allow UND to join in the fall despite the nickname.

"That is a game changer. That is a real and serious consequence for the University that is not acceptable," Gov. Dalrymple said.

Changes to the Ralph Engelstad Arena and to the Fighting Sioux name will take some time. But the next step is retiring the Fighting Sioux and finding a new school mascot.

"That's the kind of thing I think we need to move on to and begin to think about the future," Gov. Dalrymple said.

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