FSU Board of Trustees Meets to Discuss Seminole Name Controversy

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

Chief Osceola has lead FSU’s football team into battle for more than 25 years.

The Seminole tribe of Florida supports the school’s use of its namesake, but the Seminole nation of Oklahoma has previously protested the school.

Last week, the body regulating collegiate athletics banned what it called hostile, abusive and racist mascots or nicknames from postseason events starting next year.

The Seminole Indians are known for their fierce style of fighting and now the Board of Trustees is fighting back, Seminole style.

The school is hiring renowned presidential lawyer Barry Richard to appeal the decision. Trustee Richard Mac Farlane put it more graphically.

Richard says, “If it was up to me I would tell them what to do with their spear.”

The legal fight was authorized at an emergency meeting of the school’s trustees.

Jim Smith, an FSU trustee, says, “People are very upset about this, so, you know, it’s gonna charge up before football season, I guarantee you that."

And President T.K. Wetherell says the university will not back down from a fight.

T. K. Wetherell says he’ll carry it, "All the way to the Supreme Court if we have to. I hope cooler heads prevail.”

The legal fight could take years, and for now Chief Osceola will remain.


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