NCAA Sanctions Over Sioux Nickname Mean no Home Ice for Women's Hockey Quarterfinal(WDAZ-TV) - NCAA sanctions for use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are now a reality for University of North Dakota athletic teams and the women's hockey team will be dealt the first blow.
(WDAZ-TV) - NCAA sanctions for use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are now a reality for University of North Dakota athletic teams and the women's hockey team will be dealt the first blow.
The NCAA sent a letter on Wednesday to UND outlining the details.
The women's hockey team was on track to host an NCAA quarterfinal game on March 9 and the UND athletics department was under the assumption that game could be hosted at a neutral site like the Scheel's Arena in Fargo.
But Wednesday's letter from the NCAA stated otherwise.
Because the school is once again using the nickname and logo, no UND athletic team will be able to host postseason NCAA games.
Teams will have to forfeit any home advantage and will have to play games at the opposing team's venue even if that team is a lower seed in the tournament.
"The real consequences are for our student athletes. If they've earned the opportunity to play at home, if they've earned the opportunity to have that home ice in front of their home fans and their home locker room, we shouldn't take that away from them. And in essence that's potentially what's happened here," UND Athletic Director Brian Faison said.
"You ask them to sell out, work hard and you know we had a great season and then be told 'hey regardless of what you do you're going on the road' that kind of stinks," women's hockey coach Brian Idalski said.
Team uniforms also have to be free of the Fighting Sioux name and logo during playoffs.
The men's hockey team should be getting new jerseys in the next few days and those will be ready before they see any NCAA tournament action.