FSU Mascot Debate

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Florida State University trustees voted Wednesday to fight back against the NCAA following its recent ruling on the use of Native American names and symbols.

An appeal will be sent to the NCAA's executive committee, along with a formal letter stating the NCAA has overreached its authority by creating such a policy.

T.K. Wetherell says, "Is a fighting Irishman offensive? Is a gamecock offensive? We haven't found the definition of hostile and abusive. That's what they used in defining the Seminoles."

Richard McFarlain adds, "I don't see T.K. Wetherell turning lose of it. He's not a kiss and make up kind of guy. If you want a fight, he'll give you one."

Trustee members say the university and the Seminole tribe of Florida have had a mutual relationship for more than 50 years.

In June the tribe adopted an official resolution supporting the university's use of the Seminole name and symbols.

Jim Smith says, "Their time would be better spent working on the graduation rate for athletes, drug usage and things like that rather than picking out a few universities and taking this kind of action."

FSU Athletic Director Dave Hart expects a letter of appeal in the mail to the NCAA by Thursday.

Members of the Seminole tribe of Florida were not present during Wednesday's emergency meeting.


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