Oregon and Oregon State are hoping to renew the football rivalry between the schools for the 124th time on Nov. 28.
But the athletic departments in Eugene and Corvallis have mutually agreed to no longer refer to the game as the "Civil War."
This decision, which was announced by both Oregon and Oregon State on Friday, is effective immediately and includes all athletic competitions in the 2020-21 academic year and in the years ahead.
The schools made the decision following discussions as well as conversations with university officials and input from current and former athletes from both schools.
Former Oregon star quarterback Dennis Dixon, after receiving a call about the idea from his friend, Teresa Tran, consulted with teammates Garren Strong and Jonathan Stewart before pitching the idea to current Ducks and athletic department leadership.
"I just wanted to get their advice. They were both sold on it. The one thing they both told me was in order for this to come into fruition, we have got to get the current players, as well as the ADs and the vice presidents, to buy in," Dixon said in a video posted on Twitter by Oregon. "I am happy to see two universities coming together to drive change and everlasting change. I’m excited to be part of this change."
Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens thanked Dixon for "being the catalyst for change" and thanked current players for their "leadership and input" in the process.
"We must all recognize the power of words and the symbolism associated with the Civil War," Mullens said in a statement. " This mutual decision is in the best interests of both schools, and I would like to thank Scott Barnes for his diligence as we worked through this process.
"We look forward to our continued and fierce in-state rivalry with Oregon State in all sports."
Across the country, statues with racist roots are coming down as the Black Lives Matter protests continue in the wake of recent killings of African Americans by police.
During a special meeting on Wednesday the University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename Deady Hall.
"I want to acknowledge and thank the current and former student-athletes who raised concerns about the historic name of the rivalry games played between our two institutions," UO President Michael H. Schill said. "We need to make this change to align the words and symbols we use around athletic endeavors with our shared campus values of equity and inclusivity. While the name of our annual game might change, it will absolutely continue to be one of the great rivalries in college sports."
The Ducks lead the all-time football series with the Beavers 66-47-10, ranking the rivalry fifth nationally for most games played.
The Oregon-Oregon State series holds the collegiate record for the most men’s basketball games played with 354. The women’s basketball series has been played in front of sold-out crowds in recent years with the rise of the programs as national powers.
"Changing this name is overdue as it represents a connection to a war fought to perpetuate slavery," OSU President Ed Ray said. "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. 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."
OSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, made up of current student-athletes from every intercollegiate sports program, supports removing Civil War from the series. Former Beaver standouts Steven Jackson and Ken Simonton are among prominent alumni who have also expressed approval and will be a part of the renaming process of the rivalry.
"A number of student-athletes, alumni and friends of Oregon State University have questioned the use of the term Civil War in our rivalry series in recent years," Oregon State athletics director Scott Barnes. "We initiated discussions with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee about the possibility of eliminating the name ’Civil War’ from our series and with their leadership, we are moving forward.
"We will embrace members of the university community, alumni, student-athletes and friends of Oregon State to assist in a collaborative process with the University of Oregon to consider other names for this historic rivalry."
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