Arkansas State Athletic Director Dean Lee said the school isn't sure whether it will appeal the NCAA's ban of the nickname Indians at postseason events.

"We are being encouraged to file an appeal," Lee said. "But that's still yet to be determined if that's the process that we're going to go."

The NCAA announced in August that it would ban the use of Native American imagery and nicknames at postseason tournaments. That prohibition was extended the following month to include football bowl games -- beginning next year.

Several schools have appealed. Indiana University of Pennsylvania's appeal on behalf of the name Indians was turned down earlier this month. Other teams, such as the Florida State Seminoles, have won the right to retain their nicknames.

Lee said Arkansas State has been encouraged to follow suit by "fans, alumni, donors and constituents." But the school is proceeding slowly.

Arkansas State recently qualified for the New Orleans Bowl, its first postseason appearance in football since returning to Division I-A before the 1992 season. But the nickname ban doesn't start until February, so it won't affect the Indians in the Dec. 20 game in Lafayette, La.

-- From News Services