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Former Florida State player starts online petition to change name of Doak Campbell Stadium

The stadium was named after the university's former president, Doak Campbell.
Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 9:58 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Former Florida State player Kendrick Scott has started an online petition seeking to change the name of Doak Campbell Stadium.

“The stadium at FSU was named after Doak Campbell a former FSU President. While, the tradition has been preserved, in reflection his non-inclusive views of blacks as a segregationist is divisive, therefore his name should be removed...” the petition reads.

Campbell served as FSU President from 1941-1957, and oversaw the transition from the Florida State College for Women to The Florida State University in 1947. FSU’s website also credit’s Campbell with supporting the “creation of an intercollegiate sports program.”

When Doak Campbell Stadium opened in 1950, it was named for Campbell.

The full petition states:

The stadium at FSU was named after Doak Campbell a former FSU President. 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.

To sign or view the petition, click here.

Scott played for FSU from 1991-1994, and totaled 15 tackles in seven games.

WCTV reached out to Ward for comment, and he said that he will be releasing a statement soon.

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