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On Building that will house original "Rules of Basket Ball" will be called the DeBruce Center


Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 2 months ago

Call it what you will! It's a great thing that the university rightfully has Naismtih's rules! Thanks to the generosity of the DeBruce and Booth families! If possible, use a small portion of the money to use a heavy digger to transplant the beautiful trees!

jack22 5 years, 2 months ago

Did you read the story? It sounds like they had a very good reason to give it that name.

john douglas 5 years, 2 months ago

Really? $18 million? I'm a KU Basketball fan but $18 Million?

TNPlates 5 years, 2 months ago

While I'm glad the rules will reside at KU, the amount of money paid for them and the building that will house them is obscene. $22 million dollars for the whole package just to so a few papers - as historic as they may be - will be housed for people to come see them. There's no way $22 million dollars worth of visitors will come see them - so it's a good thing folks like the DeBruce's and Booth's have more money than they need to get their name on a building.

For those of you who'd like to see a reasonable facsimile of the rules for a reasonable price - $9 plus tip will buy you a hair cut AND a view of a color-copy of the rules at Downtown Barber (you can even see them without getting your hairs cut). I'll bet John didn't pay more than $15 to frame and display them, either. With this fiscal frugality, it's too bad he's not an Associate AD at KU.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 2 months ago

Forgive me, but this is the rules of basketball we are talking about, not the original Ten Commandments.

Curveball 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure "Basket Ball" was invented by Naismith while he was still in Massachusetts and then brought to KU. The Booth family bought the Rules with their own money and that's there business. But why can't the Rules be put in one of the display cases inside AFH at ver little cost? Some people just have too much time and money on their hands. That money could be used in a better way. Same goes for the Dole Center.

Clark Coan 5 years, 2 months ago

Big mistake. They could build a world-class a National Basketball Hall of Fame which would be a big tourist draw and destination place. But no, spend $18 million on something rinky-dink. No vision once again right here in Larryville.

jack22 5 years, 2 months ago

You do realize that KC is already home to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, right? Did you miss the part about the "center will have three floors and 31,000 square feet", and "surrounding the rules, and lining the walls of the walkway into the Fieldhouse, will be other exhibit materials celebrating the history and tradition of KU basketball." In addition, "planners also envision a small theater that will show videos on KU basketball history, as well as a retail space for KU memorabilia and clothing. Elsewhere in the center will be restaurant and dining space, a possible coffee shop area and meeting and event spaces." If all that sounds rink-dink to you then by all means step up to the plate and donate another 15 or 20 million. If you're willing to put up the money I'm sure they'd love to have your input and hear your vision.

riverdrifter 5 years, 2 months ago

Yet another facepalm with SMH thrown in. Jack22, let's get out of here. It's sapping the ol' intellect thing.

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