OCTOBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - Indians vs. Indians? Not anymore.
Arkansas State hosts Louisiana-Monroe tomorrow night in Jonesboro in a match-up of college football teams that used to have the same nickname. But, Louisiana-Monroe became the Warhawks prior to the start of the season. ASU is still evaluating whether to keep the name Indians.
Some media used to jokingly refer to the annual Sun Belt Conference game as the "Politically Incorrect Bowl."
Arkansas State officials said yesterday they feel no immediate need to change the school's mascot. They said they are still evaluating other developments on the issue, such as litigation challenging the NCAA's decision to penalize North Dakota over its Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian-head logo.
The NCAA last year announced a ban on ethnically or racially "hostile" or "abusive" nicknames, mascots and imagery at championship events. Arkansas State was one of the schools found in violation of the policy.
Louisiana-Monroe changed its mascot after polling students and alumni about possible new nicknames.
ASU athletic director Dr. Dean Lee says the university will continue to observe what other schools do and deliberate.
Lee says, "We've been the Indians for 75 years. That's a strong history and tradition."