Monday, June 18, 2007

Bye-bye, Runnin' Joe!

The Board of Trustees of Arkansas State University have decided to get rid of the Indian mascot and hire a national marketing firm to come up with a new symbol for the University's athletic teams.
UPDATE: Correction, it was a Mascot Review Committee that is passing this reccommendation TO the Board of Trustees. Mea culpa.

As ASU was the last holdout against the NCAA's policy of penalizing programs that they determined to be racially or culturally insensitive, this means that they will be allowed to bring their new mascot to NCAA tournament events and host such events.

I have come to terms with this, although I really liked the logo above; I suppose that it was time to do this. There will be a hell of a lot of upset alumni, though, and I have to wonder if their athletic and academic fundraising will take a hit because of the change.

H/T to the Arkansas Times Blog.

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