INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA's executive committee on Friday rejected appeals by Illinois, North Dakota and Indiana University of Pennsylvania to continue using Indian nicknames, mascots and imagery deemed "hostile" and "abusive" at NCAA championship events.
The committee also placed Bradley on a watch list for five years, the first school in the nation to earn that distinction.
Friday's actions leave seven of the original 18 schools on the offenders list.
Schools such as Florida State, Central Michigan and the University of Utah were quickly removed after officials submitted written documentation from nearby tribes that demonstrated support to continue using their nicknames.
Officials at North Dakota, nicknamed the Fighting Sioux, initially said Thursday they had the support of the two major Sioux tribes to continue using the name — an assertion later challenged by a tribal chairman. The committee said Friday it gave more credence to the chairman who said the tribal council didn't approve using the name.
Five schools have already changed or agreed to change nicknames. Another school, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., nicknamed The Tribe, has been added to the list after submitting a self-evaluation in October. No decision has been made on that yet.
The NCAA will watch how Bradley uses its Braves nickname and imagery of mascots at games, on campus and on its Web site for the next five years.
In the eight months since the NCAA sent the message about what it considered unacceptable American-Indian nicknames, mascots and imagery, nearly all the original 18 listed offenders have filed appeals.