One of college football’s oldest rivalries is looking for a new name. Officials from the University of Oregon and Oregon State announced their rivalry will no longer be called “The Civil War.”
“Changing this name is overdue as it represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery,” said Oregon State President Edward J. Ray.
“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. In recent years, some students, faculty, alumni, student-athletes, OSU stakeholders and community members have questioned the appropriateness of this term. 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.”
Oregon’s athletic director credited former quarterback Dennis Dixon for being a driving force in making the change.
“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 AD Rob Mullens.
The game formerly known as The Civil War was first played in 1894 and is the fifth-most played college football game in FBS. Located just 47 miles apart, Oregon leads the series 66-47-10 over Oregon State.
The two schools will try to collaborate to create another name for the rivalry between the Ducks and the Beavers, hopefully resulting in a forest-themed trophy. I can hear the opening of a future college football broadcast now: “Who will take home the Redwood Log this year?”