The NCAA apparently does not. One of my alma maters, The College of William & Mary, has lost its appeal to the NCAA over the use of its logo, which includes a couple of feathers to indicate its nickname, the Tribe. The NCAA, however, has deemed that the nickname itself is just fine.
Now, I’m all for removing hints of our racist past from the ranks of sports mascots—Redskins is racist now matter how you slice it—but how the NCAA is going about this is just ridiculous and incoherent. How on earth is the spear on Florida State’s helmet acceptable, where two feathers, totally divorced from any other native american symbols unacceptable.
I’m not too upset about this, but it seems the schools that are being told what they can and can’t do are mostly those schools that aren’t big football powerhouses.
NP: “Meantime” – The Futureheads