It’s going to be an interesting year for athletics at the University of North Dakota, as the NCAA prepares to come down hard on the school.
Are they in trouble for recruiting violations? That’s been happening a lot in college sports these days, but that isn’t it. Have players been selling UND stuff on eBay or accepting payments? Nope, that’s not it either. Well, does it have to do with performance enhancing drugs then? Nope!
It’s all in the name.
Until they’re no longer known as the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, the Grand Forks Herald reports the school won’t be allowed to host any playoff games or wear uniforms that display the team name or logo if they do make it to the postseason. ESPN says the NCAA has been trying for years now to rid the college ranks of offensive “American Indian nicknames, logos or mascots” and the UND’s deadline for a name change is mid-August of this year… (more…)