Florida State University has been planning to reveal an enhanced Seminole “head” logo this month, but a Wal-Mart store may have beaten the release date.
Tomahawk Nation, a fan website covering Seminoles athletics, wrote that a source “involved in the redesign process” confirmed the updated logo was on T-shirts prematurely displayed recently at a Wal-Mart.
FSU has not commented on the report, but it had been reported that the school planned to make minor changes to the brand — with the blessing of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
“The changes are very minor and the primary thing people will see is consistency in the garnet,” vice president for university relations Liz Maryanski told ESPN. “If you go into a sports store and look across the store, you’ll see as many shades of garnet as there are T-shirts, and we’re trying to get consistency in our colors.”
The release date of the logo is officially April 11 as part of an “Ignition Tradition” campaign.
Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman James Billie has signed off on the new insignia.
“The logo change was initiated by FSU,” Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner said in a report by Tallahassee’s WCTV-TV. “They came to the Tribe with the proposed minor changes.”
Other schools have faced NCAA sanctions if they did not change nicknames referring to Native Americans. However, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has a previous resolution supporting the school’s use of the Seminole name and establishing a relationship with the school.