Thursday, August 31, 2006

Long overdue! UofI to say buh-bye to Illiniwek

Report: U of I to drop Chief after this year

By Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chief Illiniwek will likely no longer be the official symbol of the University of Illinois after this year, according to a published report.

Citing unidentified university sources, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that the university tentatively plans to drop the controversial American Indian mascot at the end of the men's basketball season this year, leaving open the possibility that the school's teams could host NCAA events in the spring.

The NCAA has deemed Illiniwek and his dance a "hostile and abusive" use of American Indian imagery, and Illinois is barred from hosting postseason NCAA events.

The athletic association placed Illinois on its list of noncompliant schools last August and has upheld its decision through two university appeals.

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