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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

NCAA picks on the Illini

By now everyone knows about the NCAA's recent ban on Native American mascots in postseason play. The ban originally affected 18 schools, until Florida State (Seminoles), Utah (Utes) and Central Michigan (Chippewas) successfully lobbied for exemptions.

Now the NCAA has extended the ban to NCAA-sanctioned bowl games for D-I college football teams. What does this mean? Well, the fact is that only one school out of the remaining 15 plays Division I-A football: The University of Illinois Fighting Illini.

The Illini's mascot, Chief Illiniwek is a 78-year old tradition that supporters say honors the contributions of native americans to the state of Illinois. Further, supporters argue that it is impossible for the Illini to get the support of a particular tribe, as do the Seminoles, since the Illiniwek no longer exist. According to the Chicagoist website, the school argues that the term "Fighting Illini" was originally developed in 1919 to refer to the school's football team, not to Native Americans, and that the mascot didn't emerge until 1926.

While the exempted schools may have good relations with their respective tribes, one has to wonder if the origins of the Native American imagery that they use differs very much from that used at Illinois. If not, it would only seem to enhance the arbitrariness and absurdity of the NCAA's ruling.

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