Earlier today, during their illegal ride around the state on one of he university system’s private airplanes, a group of UND alumni made quite a splash when they insisted that South Dakota State University would no longer be playing the Fighting Sioux any more because of the on-going dispute of the logo and nickname.
Tim O’Keefe, CEO of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, said neighboring South Dakota State has joined an increasing number of schools to snub the Grand Forks college because of the nickname. Other schools include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota-Morris.
“This list keeps growing and it broadly impacts all our programs,” O’Keefe said Tuesday morning in the first of four news conferences scheduled around the state.
“Unless already contracted, South Dakota State has let us know that they will not agree to any further contracts until we’re in a good standing with the NCAA,” he said. “For those that would apply that these problems aren’t real, quite frankly, they simply aren’t paying attention.”
The problem? Well, apparently nobody told South Dakota State University that they’d made this decision:
SDSU athletic director Justin Sell was just as surprised as we were to learn that the Jackrabbits had allegedly joined the ban against the University of North Dakota.
But he says the school is in a holding pattern to see what happens with the “Fighting Sioux” nickname.
Sounds like another less-than-truthful moment for the anti-nickname folks. Something commonly known as a “lie.”
This is reminiscent of UND Athletic Director Brian Faison insisting that Big Sky Conference athletic directors had discussed the Sioux controversy and expressed grave concerns. Later, we found out from one of those athletic directors that the matter hadn’t really been discussed at all.
For some reason, these university people think we’re just supposed to believe whatever they tell us.