NCAA and FSU Smoke the Peace Pipe

There will be no need for a legal battle to protect Florida State University's right to use the Seminole as a school nickname and mascot.

The NCAA removed Florida State University from a list of 18 colleges and universities today subjected to restrictions for their use of Native American names and imagery at championship events it sponsors.

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell threatened to sue the NCAA immediately after the NCAA's August 5 announcement that the school's highly visible nickname Seminoles was seen as “hostile and abusive.''

Florida State has long enjoyed the support of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which assists the university with its pageantry and celebration of its culture.

Gov. Jeb Bush says the NCAAA came to the right conclusion and that the Seminole mascot and tradition is not offensive to anyone.

As he said of the NCAA, “When you make a mistake it's important to realize it and move on, and that's what they did and I appreciate their ability to do so.''


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