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Newberry College picks new nickname: Wolves

Jun 7, 2010 3:49:00 PM - thestate.com
The Wolves are roaming at Newberry College.

The school that gave up its longtime Indians nickname after pressure from the NCAA has chosen the Wolves as its athletic mascot. The college's Board of Directors approved the change this past weekend and told school administrators, faculty and coaches Monday.

The school's teams had spent the past two seasons competing without a nickname.

"I don't know what the fans are going to ask me now," football coach Todd Knight joked Monday in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

In August 2005, Newberry was among 17 schools on an NCAA watch list. The governing body deemed the use of "Indians" as hostile and abusive and prohibited the use of Native American nicknames, mascots and imagery in postseason competition.

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