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"Having met with the NCAA and seeing what penalties are coming up, it appears the option for the university is to keep the name and not play," Mr. Laffen said. "We can't allow that. Once we get to the point we're now at, I think the only option we have is to change the name so we can play."
Sen. Lonnie Laffen, a Republican who voted earlier this year to codify the nickname into law, recently told the Grand Forks Herald that he will sponsor legislation to shift authority over the issue to the State Board of Higher Education.