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Illinois board chairman writes letter to USA Today

Updated: August 16, 2005, 9:41 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois is criticizing the NCAA for the rhetoric it used in its recent decision to sanction universities using American Indian nicknames and mascots for their sports teams.

Illinois board chairman Lawrence Eppley wrote in a letter to USA Today that the NCAA's use of the words "hostile" and "abusive" to characterize Illinois' Illini and Chief Illiniwek was disappointing,

Eppley's letter, which has yet to be published, is a response to an ...

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