Oregon, Oregon State agree to drop 'Civil War' rivalry game moniker
The annual rivalry game between Oregon and Oregon State will no longer be referred to as the “Civil War.” The two schools agreed to drop the moniker and will no longer use that term when the two schools meet on the field or in any other sport.
It is effective immediatley.
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Both schools met with administration, staff and current and former players regarding the name before implementing any change. After having those conversations, Oregon and Oregon State agreed that losing the term “Civil War” for the annual football game and any other sporting events was for the best.
“Today’s announcement is not only right but is a long time coming, and I wish to thank former Duck great Dennis Dixon for raising the question and being the catalyst for change,” said Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. “Thanks also to our current student-athletes for their leadership and input during this process. We must all recognize the power of words and the symbolism associated with the Civil War. 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.”
Oregon and Oregon State will have their 124th meeting on the football field in 2020. The first game between the two schools was played in 1894. It ranks as the fifth-most-played series in college football.
The Ducks lead the Beavers in the all-time series 66-47-10 and have also won the last three meetings.