Oregon-Oregon State rivalry will drop 'Civil War' moniker

The two teams used to refer to this rivalry game as the 'Civil War,' but no longer

The two teams used to refer to this rivalry game as the 'Civil War,' but no longer

The college football rivalry between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University will no longer be referred to as the Civil War after students and alumni complained about the name's connection to slavery, according to the Oregon State University athletics department.

As soon as news broke, people had their opinions on a new nickname. All we can do now is offer suggestions, and what better place to start than social media?

"We initiated discussions with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) about the possibility of eliminating the name "Civil War" from our series and with their leadership, we are moving forward", Barnes said in a statement.

In a joint announcement Friday, the schools said they made the decision after conversations with university officials and current and former student-athletes at both schools.

The Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks are tentatively scheduled to play the 124th annual edition of their college football rivalry game on November 28.

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The rivalry between the two schools dates back to 1894 when the two schools' football teams first met.

Ray said the change is happening now "to advance equal opportunity and justice for all and in recognition that Black Lives Matter". "We need to make this change to align the words and symbols we use around athletic endeavors with our shared campus values of equity and inclusivity. Nice attempt to lessen one of the oldest rivalries in American sports, great job".

The annual football meeting between the Ducks and Beavers has been called the "Civil War" since at least 1929, and had also been adopted by other sports.

In the months ahead, OSU and the University of OR will engage collaboratively to involve their respective students, faculty, staff, student-athletes, alumni, donors, community partners and athletics sponsors to consider other, more appropriate names, if any, to call the athletics rivalry between our two great universities.

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