November 03, 2007

No "Fighting Sioux" at Minnesota

Minnesota to continue ban of UNDThe University of Minnesota’s policy prohibiting the Gophers from playing the University of North Dakota in all sports except hockey will remain despite UND’s recent settlement agreement with the NCAA.

University of Minnesota Advisory Committee on Athletics chair Douglas Hartmann said Wednesday his group will not address changing the policy until North Dakota changes its Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

“In our view, it’s not an agreement, it’s a waiting period,” said Hartmann, a sociology professor at Minnesota. “Until that gets resolved, which it sounds like is years away, we’ll be standing pat and not even opening (it) for discussion, much less changing the policy.”

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