Higher ed board weighs opportunities, cost of UND nickname change
Published 05/16/2009, Grand Forks Herald
UND athletics director talks about nickname, Summit League aspirations
UND’s hopes to join the Summit League athletic conference are the reason the State Board of Higher Education moved the deadline for resolving the university’s Fighting Sioux nickname last week, a deadline many consider impossible. Board member Grant Shaft said he recommended the deadline after he’d spoken with league Commissioner Tom Douple and UND Athletics Director Brian Faison, who, he said, made it clear the league is UND’s best conference option.