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Published September 02, 2011, 02:34 AM

Fans Show Pride At Possible Last Football Opener As Fighting Sioux

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - September 1st was the first game of the season for Fighting Sioux football, as the team bested Drake University 16-0.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - September 1st was the first game of the season for Fighting Sioux football, as the team bested Drake University 16-0.

There was no shortage of Sioux pride, because this could be the last fall UND is allowed to use the nickname and logo.

There were few words to describe the excitement, just a cacophony of cheers. For the fans of did have words to sum up their fandemoniu, just two were needed: "GO SIOUX!"

But fans like Mark Hall might not have the Sioux to cheer on next year.

After years of football games, he is not too happy that this could be the last football opener as the Fighting Sioux.

"It's disappointing, but the school is bigger than the name, so we can live with it," he said.

Recently the North Dakota Board of Higher Education re-started the transition away from the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Indian head logo after NCAA officials said they would penalize UND if it kept the name.

"It's sad, but we'll always be Sioux fans at heart," said Jordan Dibich, decked out in a green afro wig and Fighting Sioux jersey.

One fan said the Fighting Sioux would live on forever, no matter one new identity UND takes on.

Come next year, the possible first season opener without the nickname and logo, you can expect to see it worn by the fans.

"Probably more than I would now, just to stick it to the man," said Dibich.

"Oh fans are not going to let this go, not when they have clothes to wear out," said Terry Hager, a fan who was tailgating in the parking lot before the game.

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