The University of Oregon and Oregon State University Departments of Sports have mutually accepted no longer refer to Oregon-Oregon State rivalry games as the “Civil War.” This decision is effective immediately and includes all athletic competitions in the 2020-21 scholastic year and in the years ahead.
The schools made the decision following shared discussions along with conversations with university officials and input from present and former student-athletes from both schools.
“Today’s announcement is not only best however is a long time coming, and I wish to thank former Duck fantastic Dennis Dixon for raising the question and being the catalyst for change,” stated Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. “Thanks also to our existing student-athletes for their leadership and input throughout this process. We should all acknowledge the power of words and the importance associated with the Civil War. This mutual choice remains in the finest interests of both schools, and I wish to thank Scott Barnes for his diligence as we worked through this process. We eagerly anticipate our continued and strong in-state competition with Oregon State in all sports.”
“I wish to acknowledge and thank the present and previous student-athletes who raised concerns about the historical name of the competition video games played in between our two organizations,” UO President Michael H. Schill said. “We need to make this modification to line up the words and symbols we utilize around athletic undertakings with our shared campus values of equity and inclusivity. While the name of our annual game might alter, it will absolutely continue to be one of the terrific rivalries in college sports.”
The football series in between Oregon State and Oregon continues with the 124th yearly game on Nov. 28 at Reser Arena in Corvallis, ranking this competition 5th in college football for the most games played in the series. The Oregon-Oregon State series holds the collegiate record for the most males’s basketball games had fun with 354.