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Utah football notes: Utes may change logo, name

Published December 31, 2011 6:21 pm

Utah football • "We are who we are right now," says athletic director Chris Hill.
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El Paso, Texas • Before watching his football team play Georgia Tech here in the Sun Bowl Saturday, Utah athletic director Chris Hill did not deny reports made by KSL.com that the Utah Utes are considering dropping the drum and feather logo.

On Saturday, Hill refused to discuss the situation other than to say the Utes evaluate the use of the logo every year.

He did, however, say the Pac-12 is not putting any pressure on the Utes to make changes.

"I can tell you 'no,' on that," he said.

He would not respond to questions that there could be a possibility the Utes might consider dropping the "Utes" nickname as well. It is known there is some internal pressure from within the university to drop the nickname.

Utah has approval from the Ute Tribal Council to use the word "Utes" and the logo, but use of American Indian symbols by athletic teams has been a controversial subject for years.

U. athletic teams were referred to as the "Utes" and "Redskins" until 1972, when the Utes dropped the term "Redskins."

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Georgia Tech suffered several injuries in the first half, including one to its top tackler, Julian Burnett, who left the game in the second quarter. … DeVonte Christopher's 68-yard kickoff return in the third quarter was his third longest of his career. ... Chaz Walker led the Utes with 15 tackles.