Update -- June 22: Florida State president John Thrasher released a statement on Monday, addressing the potential renaming of Doak Campbell Stadium. "I have asked athletic director David Coburn to immediately review this issue and make recommendations to me," Thrasher said as part of the statement posted to Twitter.
Original story -- June 19: Former Florida State linebacker Kendrick Scott, who played for the Seminoles from 1991-94, has started a petition to remove Doak S. Campbell's name from their home football stadium in Tallahassee, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Campbell was the school's first president and oversaw the transition of the school from Florida State College for Women and played a role in the construction of the stadium.
Campbell was in favor of segregation during his time at the school (1941-57), however, and Scott's petition points out Campbell's history.
"The stadium at FSU was named after Doak Campbell a former FSU President," Scott wrote according to the report. "While, the tradition has been preserved, in reflection his non inclusive views of blacks as a 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."
Campbell's name isn't the only one he wishes to see removed from the stadium. He also has an idea on how to emphasize the power that the Seminoles have established on the football field since the 1990s.
"Therefore, this petition seeks to change the name of the stadium to the Bobby Bowden Stadium and change Bobby Bowden field to Charlie Ward field," the petition states. "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. He remains the most decorated college football player in history."
Bowden was 304-97-4 as the head coach of the Seminoles from 1976-2009. He won two national championships (1993 and 1999), and led the program to 14 straight top-five finishes. Ward threw for 3,032 yards and rushed for 339 yards during his Heisman season in 1993. He passed up on the NFL Draft to play in the NBA. Ward was a first-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1994, and played 12 seasons before retiring in 2005.