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Report: SU athletics staffer under investigation

Report: SU athletics staffer under investigation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The media director for Syracuse University's athletic department is no longer employed by the school and, according to a newspaper report, is being investigated by police.

Roger Springfield does not work for the university any more, Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs at the university, said Wednesday night. Quinn did not provide additional information.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported hours earlier that Springfield is under investigation by Syracuse police and the district attorney's office. No one answered at the door of Springfield's residence Wednesday night.

Attorney James McGraw has been hired to represent Springfield. He did not return a phone call from The Associated Press. McGraw told The Post-Standard he did not know what prompted the investigation.

District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told the paper the investigation began after university officials contacted law enforcement officials recently. He said he expected it to last another two to three weeks.

Springfield was a sportscaster for 11 years at a Syracuse television station before he was hired as director of media properties and productions at the university. His LinkedIn profile says he was employed by the university since 2003.

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Roger Goodell 'supportive' of Redskins' name review after weeks of ongoing discussions

Roger Goodell 'supportive' of Redskins' name review after weeks of ongoing discussions

Shortly after the Redskins announced they would conduct a "thorough review" of their team name Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a short statement in support of the move. 

In his statement, Goodell revealed the NFL had been talking with Dan Snyder and the organization about the name change for weeks. 

"In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan [Snyder] and we are supportive of this important step," Goodell said

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FedEx, who has naming rights to Washington's stadium, formally requested the team change their name on Thursday while Nike, the official uniform supplier of the NFL, removed all Redskins merchandise from their website.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," Snyder said in the team's statement.

Calls for the franchise's name change come in the midst of a worldwide movement against racial injustice. While a "review" of the team name doesn't mean a change is guaranteed, the league's involvement is undoubtedly significant. 

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Redskins’ statement suggests how Dan Snyder’s stance on team name is changing

Redskins’ statement suggests how Dan Snyder’s stance on team name is changing

Seven years after famously saying the Redskins would “NEVER” change their name in an interview with USA TODAY, Dan Snyder’s stance seems to be softening.

On Friday, the team announced that they would be conducting a thorough review of the organization’s name. This comes a day after FedEx called on the team to change it, and Nike removed Redskins apparel from its website.

What stands out most in the statement is the stark shift in Snyder’s tone on the issue when compared to his 2013 USA TODAY interview.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent in and off the field,” the owner said in his statement on Friday.

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Is Snyder promising to change the name? No. It sounds like the franchise is still many steps away from making that drastic decision.

But the fact that he is gathering “input” and initiating a “process” on the matter is still significant.

Throughout this offseason, the Redskins have operated far differently than they have for most of the past two decades. Many are saying things have changed for the Burgundy and Gold.

In light of Snyder’s comments, perhaps the biggest change at Redskins Park is yet to come.

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