Folks, there is something that you should know about me. I am an Indian. I officially became an Indian when I enrolled at Arkansas State in the fall of '86.
As a student I put on my war paint, went to every game possible, and cheered on my Tribe. I've proudly worn scarlet and black as long as I can remember.
Now all that being said, I don't like the strong arm policies of the NCAA. I don't like the recommendations of the mascot committee. And I sure don't like hiring a "nationwide" marketing firm to tell me that anything, ANYTHING will ever replace my Indians.
I don't like any of it one bit. And from the response I get from a lot of you, you don't like it either. However... we need to understand this decision. The NCAA is the governing authority of collegiate athletics. If we spend millions of dollars, take them to court and win this fight we can surely count on them to come back again in the future with a new policy that will still strip us of our beloved mascot.
And what will we have to show for it? A bill for millions of dollars. That bill would be paid by the taxpayers of Arkansas and the students of Arkansas State. I don't like it at all but the best decision for our university is to bite the bullet and go in a new direction. We cannot win.
But I will tell you this: They can take my logo, they can strip me of my war paint, but I will always be an Indian.