After more than a year, a public submission process, and 3 votes later, the University of North Dakota finally announced their new nickname this morning (11/18).

At a press conference, University officials announced that Fighting Hawks beat out Roughriders in the last 5 day voting period to be the new athletics nickname for the school. Fighting Hawks replaces Fighting Sioux, which was retired back in 2012.

Fighting Hawks has been the front runner throughout the voting process. It received 31% of the vote in the first ballot and 46% in the second.

The University acknowledged that there are some artist renderings floating around on social media as to what the new logo would look like, but they say none of them are connected to the process or what the university is designing for the new logo.


[h/t Bismarck Tribune]