Archive for Monday, March 23, 2009

Commissioner Hack drops proposal to rename part of Missouri Street after coach Fambrough

City Commissioner Sue Hack has withdrawn the idea of renaming a portion of Missouri Street.

March 23, 2009, 3:52 p.m. Updated March 23, 2009, 4:24 p.m.


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City commissioners won’t debate, after all, whether a portion of Missouri Street should be renamed in honor of a former Kansas University football coach.

Commissioner Sue Hack has pulled from consideration her idea to rename Missouri Street — from 10th to 11th streets — in honor of former KU football coach and longtime Missouri foe Don Fambrough. The item had been scheduled for debate at tonight’s City Commission meeting.

The proposed renaming drew sharp criticism from fellow Commissioner Boog Highberger, who said the renaming of a street over a sports rivalry was “petty.”

Hack indicated she would work with KU and its Athletic Department to determine an alternative manner to honor Fambrough.


missouri_street 9 years, 2 months ago

This was a former KU student athlete/K-Club initiated proposal.

Campus is exactly where it such an honor should be located, hopefully in the proximity of Memorial Stadium.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 2 months ago

I think it's hilarious, and quite honestly, a good idea. Oh, I know, highbrows won't think that it's worthy, but it's all in good fun, and everybody loves Coach Fam. Why hot? Don't worry about correctness. Recognize Fambrough's contributions.

Terry Jacobsen 9 years, 2 months ago

Coach Fambrogh meant a lot more to KU and the athletic department than his win/loss record. 40 plus years of service to the University, raising funds and making things better. He didn't get personally rich off of his efforts. Let's see, we renamed a street on the west side of town after a builder who got rich off of his efforts. I'm not contesting that renaming, but neither should anyone else have contested this one. Both men made honorable contributions to our city.

jonas_opines 9 years, 2 months ago

"What am I going to bitch about now???"

Isn't that what the Most Discussed tab is for? That's what I've been using it for, at least.

ModerateOne 9 years, 2 months ago

Fambrough is petty but Dadaism is grown up? Hmm.

crackers 9 years, 2 months ago

Please rename Michigan Street-----Izzo Ave.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 2 months ago

TJ, that's the problem, they shouldn't have changed the name of part of 15th st either.

I am relieved at the news here.

however, I think our growed up little town should have a strict policy protecting the current names of streets, giving means to nominate someone for being enshrined in the name of a new street, and defining just when it is appropriate to change the name of a street, if ever.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 2 months ago

"Fambrough, 24th worse winning record in KU history. Hates MO, wow that makes up for his total incompetence. He has a single claim to fame, his total stupid hatred of MO. We want to honor his hatred and stupidity? Not I."

I'm relieved this proposal didn't go to commission. I would have been disappointed for our city and hurt for Coach if comments like this had gone on public record,

As I read it, the opposition was against renaming a street at all - and it has been used to bash and ridicule a very nice man whose schtick is about the rivalry with Missouri. I hope you take time to meet him sometime.

Boston_Corbett 9 years, 2 months ago

Gootsie, To the degree this is about the Coach's "schtick," perhaps some felt like a public street was being reduced to a "prop."

Yes, he is a very nice man. But those who advanced this idea did not have their thinking hat on. The opinions you have seen expressed were all easily anticipated.

kusp8 9 years, 2 months ago

I kind of like the idea of renaming Michigan Ave. to Izzo Ave or Izzo Way. Lawrence is known primarily for its basketball, maybe we should honor other great coaches? We already have Naismith Ave., why not add a Bill Self Boulevard, or a John Wooden Avenue? Just a thought.

ku12345 9 years, 2 months ago

its just a freakin street name...get over it

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