(KPTV) - The rivalry games between the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State University Beavers will no longer be referred to as the "Civil War," the universities announced on Friday.
The universities say the decision was made after mutual discussions, as well as conversations with university officials and input from current and former student-athletes from both schools.
“Today’s announcement is not only right but is a long time coming, and I wish to thank former Duck great Dennis Dixon for raising the question and being the catalyst for change,” said Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. “Thanks also to our current student-athletes for their leadership and input during this process. We must all recognize the power of words and the symbolism associated with the Civil War. This mutual decision is in the best interests of both schools, and I would like to thank Scott Barnes for his diligence as we worked through this process. We look forward to our continued and fierce in-state rivalry with Oregon State in all sports.”
"Changing this name is overdue as it represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery. 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," OSU President Edward Ray said in a statement.
The decision is effective immediately. It includes all athletic competitions in the 2020-21 academic year and in the years ahead.
The 124th annual football game between the Ducks and Beavers will take place on Nov. 28 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
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