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Illinois formally appeals nickname ban to NCAA

Updated: October 18, 2005, 5:03 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois has appealed an NCAA ruling that could bar the school from hosting championship events at its Urbana-Champaign campus because of the school's nickname and mascot.

The long-expected appeal accuses the NCAA of unfairly characterizing the "Illini" and "Fighting Illini" nicknames and Chief Illiniwek mascot as "hostile and abusive," Board of Trustees Chairman Lawrence C. Eppley said in his six-page appeal letter.

The letter, which ...

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