A group deciding the best way to choose a new nickname for the University of North Dakota has decided it needs more time.

A group deciding the best way to choose a new nickname for the University of North Dakota has decided it needs more time.

The UND Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force was to give a report to university President Robert Kelley by the end of the year. UND issued a statement Tuesday saying the group voted to extend the deadline.

A recommendation now will come sometime in January. The task force is expected to suggest Kelley name another committee to ultimately choose a new nickname.

The state Legislature put a three-year moratorium on replacing the "Fighting Sioux" nickname after residents voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to dump the moniker. That ended a decades-old debate that included the threat of sanctions from the NCAA, which deemed the nickname "hostile and abusive."