Arkansas State is now the Red Wolves. The chancellor recommended the mascot and the board approved his recommendation. The name replaces the Indians, which was retired this year to address NCAA concerns.
In 2005, the NCAA announced a ban on ethnically or racially "hostile" or "abusive" nicknames, mascots and imagery at championship events. Arkansas State was one of the schools found in violation of the policy.
Indians had been Arkansas State's official athletic nickname since 1931.
In recommending Red Wolves, Potts said the name is unique among sports teams. He said the animal is a "noble species" that once inhabited Arkansas and they are "very aggressive."
The university will have a roll-out event for the new mascot logo on campus next Thursday.
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