A former Florida State football player is leading the drive to rename the school's Doak Campbell Stadium.
Former linebacker Kendrick Scott, who played with the Seminoles from 1991-94, started a petition to change the name. Campbell was president at Florida State when the stadium opened in 1950 and favored segregation.
The petition, which is posted to Change.org, states that because of Campbell's "non-inclusive views" of black people, "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."
The petition asks instead for the facility to be called Bobby Bowden Stadium. The field at the stadium is named for Bowden, the legendary former Seminoles coach, and the petition seeks to rename the field in honor of Charlie Ward.
"Charlie Ward was recently polled (as) 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."
The Tallahassee Democrat said campus administrators have approved renaming the campus' B.K. Roberts Hall, named for a former Florida Supreme Court justice who was a pro-segregationist. It will require approval of the state legislature, and renaming the stadium presumably would need a similar OK.
A university spokeswoman told the Democrat that the school will seek a sponsor for legislation to change the name of Roberts Hall in 2021.
--Field Level Media