U of U Formally Appeals to Keep 'Utes' Nickname

U of U Formally Appeals to Keep 'Utes' Nickname

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- When fans scream "Go Utes" at tomorrow's University of Utah football game, the school hopes to know the nickname has the N-C-double-A's blessing.

The school officially filed its appeal with the association yesterday, asking to be removed from the list of schools that use American Indian nicknames in a hostile manner.

University President Michael Young said in the appeal that he would like an answer before the Utes' first football game tomorrow against the Arizona Wildcats.

The association took Florida State University off the list after learning the school had the continued support of the Seminole Indian Tribe to use the nickname Seminoles.

Last week, the Ute Tribal Business Committee passed a resolution that said the school's use of the Ute nickname has been done with honor and respect of tribal culture.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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