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Published July 26, 2011, 09:06 PM

Dalrymple: Nickname Conclusion Expected After NCAA Meeting

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple says he expects to reach a conclusion about the fate of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo after a meeting with the NCAA.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple says he expects to reach a conclusion about the fate of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo after a meeting with the NCAA.

He will lead the group as its members try to persuade the athletics association to alter its stance against UND and the nickname.

"I want to listen to the arguments for and against and then I'll go from there," Dalrymple said as he visited Grand Forks on Tuesday.

Dalrymple says he will not be in Indianapolis next month to plead with the NCAA to drop future sanctions imposed on UND if the school keeps the Fighting Sioux nickname, but rather to hear the arguments for and against keeping it in person.

"I want to hear with my own ears what is being said about the logo and the nickname," Dalrymple said.

While Dalrymple signed a bill into law requiring UND to keep the name and logo, he will not say whether he is in favor of keeping them. He expects that to change after the August meeting.

"Produce a kind of conclusion to this whole question and I think after that meeting takes place, I would certainly expect people to want me to say something about where I feel the situation has come," Dalrymple said.

Dalrymple believes the atmosphere and even some of the facts have changed since it became a law that UND keep the Sioux nickname.

"That's part of what I think will come out at a meeting. And we want to understand exactly what the situation is and if we misunderstood the situation last winter," Dalrymple said.

The meeting is scheduled for August 12 in Indianapolis. That's just three days before the NCAA intends to impose sanctions on UND.

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