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Faison defends comments about nickname, Big Sky

Published 02/22/2012, The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS — People hoping to preserve the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname are challenging athletic director Brian Faison’s account earlier this month of concerns raised by Big Sky Conference officials, and Faison conceded Tuesday that his report of growing concern on the part of Big Sky athletic directors “was a misstatement on my part.” The assessment of conference members’ “serious concern” was made by Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton to Faison following a conference call with other conference athletic directors, Faison said.

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