FSU president John Thrasher asked athletics director David Coburn to “immediately review” the naming of the football stadium in response to questions by Kendrick Scott and FSU fans.
“I have been following with great interest the petitions circulating on social media asserting that Doak S. Campbell, FSU’s president in 1947 during its transition from the Florida State College for Women, resisted integration and asking that the stadium no longer bear his name,” Thrasher said in a statement. “I look forward to receiving his report soon.”
Scott, who played at FSU from 1991-94, began a petition on Friday on change.org, arguing that Doak Campbell’s “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.”
The original petition from Scott requested that the stadium be named after legendary coach Bobby Bowden and the field after Charlie Ward. But Scott amended it to honor past Seminoles and be named: “The Players Field at Bobby Bowden Stadium.”
More than 2,000 people have signed the petition.
Doak Campbell III, the grandson of the former FSU president, told the Palm Beach Post on Monday that his father was not pro-segregation.