North Dakota changes nickname

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota backers have selected Fighting Hawks as the school’s new nickname.

School officials announced the new name Wednesday. University of North Dakota students, staff and alums were eligible to vote.

UND has been without a nickname since 2012, when the state retired the Fighting Sioux moniker after the NCAA deemed it “hostile and abusive.”

A committee considered about 1,200 nickname ideas that were approved by a consultant after a monthlong campaign to solicit suggestions from the public.

The group gradually whittled down the list to 15, then seven, and then the final five: Fighting Hawks; Roughriders; Nodaks; Sundogs; and North Stars.

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