Higher Education Board President Says Notre Dame Joined Hockey East Because of the Sioux Name

This guy gives buffoons a bad name.

In addition to the risk of losing affiliation with the Big Sky and potential scheduling and recruitment problems, Shaft said he believes that Notre Dame’s recent decision to affiliate with Hockey East — and not the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference that includes UND — was due in part to UND’s being on sanctions because of the ongoing nickname fight.

Actually Grant it was the TV deal that our new division wouldn’t work with them on.

College Hockey News: Notre Dame had a preference for the NCHC because of its Western footprint, but the NCHC ultimately decided it didn’t want to accept Notre Dame with its TV deal in tow.

You really have to be arrogant or stupid to interject the Sioux nickname controversy into the Notre Dame decision. But then that’s what we get from the higher education in this state. They don’t care what the public thinks. All we are is a flock of sheep for them to fleece to benefit those that work for the University system.

On a related topic, UND President Kelley urged the legislature to let the drop the nickname in it’s upcoming session. Considering the fact that the Big Sky Conference said they’d blackball us if we kept the name that’s not an unreasonable position. However in his speech it seems that he failed to acknowledge our friends and neighbors of the Spirit Lake Tribe that want us to keep the name.

That really irks me that Kelley sitting in his ivory tower clearly has contempt for the opinions of those on the reservation. As far as I can tell he’s refused every offer to meet with actual Indians that are supposedly to be saved by the anti Indian rules of the NCAA. Certainly he failed to invite them as he flew down to Bismarck on the University’s luxury plane to testify against the name. He also seems to have not insisted that members of the Tribe be brought along to the meeting with the NCAA.

Kelley and Shaft, drop your superiority complexes and actually listen to the people of the Tribe. You might actually learn something.

I'm a Grand Forks native and alumni of North Dakota. I want to be Rob Port when I grow up.

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  • RCND

    Amen brother

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    We should boycott the Fighting Irish because of their abusive nickname.  Just kidding.  

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Wow, get with it Shaft…

  • RCND

    More of the Truth or Consequences game from the higher ed leadership. There is the real truth, and then there are those things they wish us to believe are consequences. This time they got caught red handed….

    • NDConservative2011

      RCND is dead on.  Shaft and his fellow board members have real trouble with the truth.  They will grasp at most anything to discredit those who support the Sioux name.

  • David T

    I wanted to laugh so hard upon reading this, but the whole fact that we’re basically stuck with guys like Shaft who consistently redefine “despicable” kinda tempered the comedic value.

  • Fighting Sioux ALWAYS!

    Shaft may be onto something but not in the direction we think. Notre Dame uses the Fighting Irish..and all if all it would take is putting the two schools in the same conference to draw HUGE attention to the hypocracy of the NCAA not allowing the Fighting Sioux but yet allowing the Fighting Irish….perhaps there are some back door shenanigans going on with Notre Dame and the NCAA……

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      That’s an excellent observation.  

    • RCND

      The late Myles Brand, former head of the NCAA and the man who was running the show when the policy was dropped out, was asked about why Fighting Irish was not a problem. His answer: “No one complains about the Fighting Irish name”.

      Perhaps it is time to start… for real. Serious as a heart attack. But it should come from white people who are not Irish themselves of course.

      • ec99

        Miles Brand was president of Indiana University when Bobby Knight was coach.  Despite years of complaints of how he ran roughshod over the team, Brand did nothing.  Only when a video came out showing Knight assaulting a player was Brand forced to fire him.  That’s was the qualification to get him the NCAA job.

  • Carolport

    Norwegians Unite!!!  Let’s go after the Minnesota Vikings and those who tell Ole and Lena jokes!

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Ja sure you betcha we’ll show them. 

  • RunsWithScissors

    you guys are all on F*ckin Crack.  Notre Dame joined Hockey East because there is more money out East and they are smart enough to stay away from the delusional racist Ahole’s at und!

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      So your contention is that the nickname opponents want to end their association with the Sioux history because they’re racist ******? 

      Interesting theory.