The rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State is getting a new name.
The two schools announced Friday that they were dropping the “Civil War” moniker from their matchups.
"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," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. "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."
According to Oregon State president Edward Ray, the phrase “Civil War” was first used to describe the rivalry in the 1930s. No new name for the rivalry has been determined.