Oregon, Oregon State drop 'Civil War' Moniker

Sign of the times.

Oregon and Oregon State will no longer use the phrase "Civil War" to promote rivalry games between the schools.

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.

"Changing this name is overdue as it represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery," Oregon State president Ed Ray said in a statement. "While not intended as reference to the actual Civil War, OSU sports competition should not provide any misconstrued reference to this divisive episode in American history. That we did not act before to change the name was a mistake. We do so now, along with other important actions to advance equal opportunity and justice for all and in recognition that Black Lives Matter."

Schools across the country are reviewing long-held traditions, school cheers, stadium names, building names and on-campus statues in the wake of protests surrounding George Floyd's death as a call to action to address racial injustice.

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