Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry gets literal

Oct. 18, 2006 at 4:52 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- As if Iowa and Wisconsin's Big 10 rivalry wasn't enough, the University of Wisconsin is badgering a small Iowa school district to change its logo.

The Collegiate Licensing Co. has ordered the Waukee School District in suburban Des Moines, Iowa, to dump the Waukee "W," saying it's too much like Wisconsin's "motion W," the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

It's an expensive proposition for the small district, which switched to the "W" when it dumped its Indian Warrior symbol in 1998. The "W" appears on school uniforms, district stationery, the gym floor and a big rock outside the school, the newspaper said.

Former Madison, Wis., resident Michael Hughes, whose children attend Waukee schools, told the newspaper he is probably going to refrain from wearing any Wisconsin gear from now on.

"I could see if it was another college but this is a high school team and the W is purple," Hughes said. "Jeez. What happens if George W. Bush starts using it?"

He said he'll be easy to spot at the next Badgers game he goes to -- just look for the guy in the shirt with the purple Waukee "W."

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