NCAA: Don’t bring Fighting Sioux name to playoffs



BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An NCAA official says if University of North Dakota teams bring their Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo to any playoff games, they could risk a forfeit.

The message is included in a letter NCAA vice president Bernard Franklin sent to UND provost Paul LeBel on Wednesday.

The NCAA says if the university keeps using the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, it can’t host post-season playoff games. The NCAA policy also bans school uniforms with the nickname and logo in post-season play.

Franklin’s letter says if UND agrees to play in a post-season game, it could “forfeit competition” if the team, band or cheerleaders have uniforms with the nickname or logo.

Franklin says UND should “take measures to minimize or eliminate” the nickname and logo.