NCAA Releases Statement On UND Logo StatusUND has been removed from the list of schools subject to the policy regarding Native American nicknames and imagery at NCAA championship events.
The N-C-A-A released today they they are happy with UND's detailed plan of transition away from the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. UND will now been removed from the NCAA's list of schools that violate its policy on Indian nicknames.
Brian Faison/UND Athletic Director: "This is just another step in that process in the transition for the nickname and logo. "
UND Athletic Director Brian Faison says this release from the NCAA opens up a number of new schools for UND to play. The letter states that no university should block UND from scheduling regular season games because of the past nickname and logo issues.
Brian Faison/UND Athletic Director: "It is a help in a sense that it will now take some of the scheduling issues off the table with the University of Minnesota, University of Iowa and other schools like that."
Faison plans to start negotiations with other universities in sports like football and basketball as soon as next week.
Brian Faison/UND Athletic Director: "We'll talk about this and get them a copy of the letter and thats what they were waiting for frankly was that letter to allow them to schedule some other sport."
NCAA Released Statement:
"The North Dakota Board of Higher Education adopted a resolution directing UND officials to retire the Sioux nickname and logo. UND has announced a detailed plan to transition away from the nickname and logo. Therefore, UND has been removed from the list of schools subject to the policy regarding Native American nicknames and imagery at NCAA championship events. No member institution should use the policy and its prior application to UND as a factor in scheduling regular season competition. Regular season competition should be scheduled in accordance with each individual institution's own internal policies and practices."