NCAA rejects Illinois' appeal of mascot ban

Updated: November 11, 2005, 7:41 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois lost its appeal of the ban on the university mascot Friday and will remain on a list of schools prohibited from hosting NCAA postseason events after February.

The NCAA will allow Illinois to keep its "Illini" and "Fighting Illini" nicknames. The university contended those nicknames derived from the name of the state.

The governing body, however, said Chief Illiniwek remains a "hostile and abusive" image of American Indians. The mascot is a student ...

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