TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A former Florida State football player has started a petition to change the name of the university's football stadium.
Kendrick Scott, who started the petition, was a Seminole linebacker from 1991-1994. He says Campbell's noninclusive views and support of segregation warrant the name change.
The FSU football stadium, Doak Campbell Stadium was named after Doak Campbell, the first president of the university (1941-1957) who also oversaw the transition of the school from Florida State College for Women to coed and played a role in the construction of the stadium.
Scott's petition further elaborates Campbell's history:
While, the tradition has been preserved, in reflection his non inclusive views of blacks as an segregationist is divisive, therefore his name should be removed from a stadium that has been home to many Black football players helping to build the school and the tradition to what it has become today: a national treasure.
Therefore, this petition seeks to change the name of the stadium to the Bobby Bowden Stadium and change Bobby Bowden field to Charlie Ward field. Charlie Ward was recently polled at the greatest Seminole of all time and rightfully so. He broke a modern day color barrier by being the first Black football player to win a Heisman Trophy at a Florida School. He remains the most decorated college football player in history.
For more information or to sign the petition click here.