The NCAA has often been accused of screwing up collegiate football, but they took it to an entirely new level this week.â†µ
Back in January, the North Dakota State Bison won the Division I Football Championship Subdivision title (formerly known as "I-AA"). The championship has helped NDSU maintain a tie for eighth place in the men's Capital One Cup standings among traditional athletic powerhouses such as Florida, North Carolina, and UCLA. The Bison had only made the jump to Division I in the Fall of 2004, so beating Sam Houston State for the national title was obviously a victory that put NDSU on the map of the sports landscape.
It's too bad that the NCAA apparently can't find Fargo on a map.â†µ
In an incredibly boneheaded blunder, the NCAA sent NDSU's football championship banner to the wrong school. To make matters even worse, they sent it to the Bison's arch rival--the University of North Dakota.â†µ
It's not like UND hadn't been making their own headlines either--the state of North Dakota finally voted to retire the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo on Tuesday after a debate with the NCAA that raged on for over five years.â†µ
The NCAA found the Fighting Sioux nickname "hostile and abusive"; if they think a name is that bad, then how does one describe sending a championship banner to the winner's rival?! While most major football schools are still clamoring for a plus-one college playoff system, North Dakota State is simply hoping that the people in the NCAA behind this debacle go with the plus-one brain system.â†µ