Sunday, August 07, 2005

NCAA - The New PC Police...

The NCAA has decided to ban the use of American Indian nicknames or logos from postseason tournaments. Starting in February, any school with a nickname or logo considered racially or ethnically "hostile" or "abusive" by the NCAA would be prohibited from using them in postseason events. Mascots will not be allowed to perform at tournament games, and band members and cheerleaders will also be barred from using American Indians on their uniforms beginning in 2008.

Who is this elitist group to determine what is offensive? What is their definition of hostile or abusive? They have decided that the nickname “Warrior” is acceptable provided the school does not use Indian symbol. Do they think that only American Indians were warriors? The school, North Carolina-Pembroke uses the nickname Braves but they are exempt. The reason why? Because the school has historically had 20% of the students who are American Indian. Schools choose American Indian names and mascots out of respect and honor, not an insult. What is the next step for the NCAA, to ban all mascots because some moonbat may find it offensive? Do they really think that this will improve conditions on the Indian reservations? No, it is just their “cause de jour”. This is such a joke.

These guys sound like members of Congress. They are ignoring all the real issues in college athletics and are worrying about whether a team has an Indian name or mascot. What they should be focusing on and trying to fix is the terrible graduation rate for most Division 1 football and basketball programs. The use of performance enhancing drugs. Recruiting violations. Alumni violations. Criminal behavior by the scholarship athletes. They need to tie the graduation rates to the number of scholarships a school can offer. If the graduation of scholarship athletes in a schools program drops below a certain level they lose 1 scholarship. Below yet another level, another scholarship and so on. The NCAA has become a big business and the students are the ones that suffer. This board at the NCAA have bright futures in Congress by ignoring the real issues and only addressing the non-issues…


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