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Lawrence commissioners considering renaming street after former KU football coach Don Fambrough

December 14, 2011


Don Fambrough

Don Fambrough

Presumably Missouri motorists would still be allowed, but Lawrence city commissioners will soon consider renaming a city street after former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough.

Commissioners are expected in January to consider a proposal that would rename the stretch of 11th Street north of KU’s Memorial Stadium after Fambrough, who died in September.

“This really isn’t about his win-loss record or anything like that,” said City Commissioner Hugh Carter, who presented the idea. “This is more of a community thing and a chance for the community to say it remembers Don.”

Fambrough was twice head coach of the KU football program in the 1970s and 1980s and played for the Jayhawks in the 1940s. But he is known by many in the region for stoking the rivalry between KU and Missouri. Fambrough often addressed the KU football team before games with the Tigers, invoking battles between the two states leading up to the Civil War.

The city previously had considered naming a portion of Missouri Street after Fambrough, but that idea sputtered after some residents along the street expressed concern over having to undergo an address change.

Carter now is suggesting renaming the portion of 11th Street that runs from Mississippi Street to West Campus Road. City officials believe there are only a handful of properties that would require an address change.

Carter said he has had about 20 individuals approach him with the idea of naming a street after Fambrough. Carter said the city perhaps could more easily name a new street after Fambrough, but he thinks it would be more fitting to have a street near the football stadium.

University officials, Carter said, also are planning on naming a street that runs on university property for Fambrough. Carter said university officials told him they are planning to name the road that runs along the west edge of Memorial Stadium — currently unnamed but would be Maine Street extended — Fambrough Way.

But Carter said he thought naming an official city street after the coach would be appropriate, too.

“This really would be a chance for the community to do something,” Carter said.


TopJayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

I like the idea of renaming Missouri street. Make 'em gone for good.

Jayhawk1963 6 years, 1 month ago

I couldn't agree more !! I knew Don and I think he would too.

missouri_street 6 years, 1 month ago

The residents of Missouri Street disagree. If you want to name the street you live on, go ahead. Then you can deal with the practical consequences.

Renaming Missouri Street would only show others how petty Lawrence and KU is.

And how is it that someone is "honored" by the denigration of someone else?

This idea was originally dreamed up by some in the KU Athletic Department and the K-Club.... Many of them don't even live here. If they want to honor Don, honor Don. Do it right, raise some coin, and do a statue. Renaming a street is petty, and cheapskate.

nanimwe 6 years, 1 month ago

Are all the people living on Missouri St. lazy like you?

killjoy 6 years, 1 month ago

This is so stupid. Have some pride and quit playing to Fambrough's hatred. Somebody needed to tell him to grow up. Try explaining to a child why we renamed the street. Put this issue to rest forever. If you want to name something after him, name your driveway, but leave the city streets alone.

Vince Brown 6 years, 1 month ago

1) No street in Lawrence, KS should be named "missouri". 2) The folks on the current "Rebel Way" are just too lazy to change their addresses. 3) When did the map of Lawrence first have a missouri St.? 4) I, too, support TopJayhawk in the opinion "Make 'em gone for good." 5) Fambrough St. (Rd., Way, Blvd, Lane) should not be in some new neighborhood blocks or miles from Memorial Stadium. Coach belongs in or near the stadium. 6) It's too bad that Kivisto's ego was so big that he had to have his name on the field. "Fambrough Field" has a nice ring to it. It's a name that means something in Lawrence.

missouri_street 6 years, 1 month ago

vlbptt, feel free to change the name of the street in front of your house. Just leave us alone. When the city fathers first named the street Missouri Street decades ago, they were not so petty. Why do you want to lower the standard?

If you want to honor Don, don't do it by dishonoring other people. Do it right, raise some jack, and do something on campus, like a statue at the Stadium.

Renaming any city street is just a cheap stunt. Performance art.

nanimwe 6 years, 1 month ago

It's not your street, it belongs to the city, you have no say, other than that of a single citizen. Guess what? It's a democracy, and you lose.

KPOP 6 years, 1 month ago

there is a little road on the west side of the stadium that actually goes into the stadium parking lot. Why not name that Fambrough Rd? I like it so therefore it is.

Grump 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm not a football fan either, but yes, something significant in Lawrence should be named after him. (His wife too; she was a great English teacher at LHS.)

jayhawkinsf 6 years, 1 month ago

Which ever city commissioner proposes a name change for a street to honor a person, let it be the street upon which they live. That way if there are negative consequences of having your street name changed, they will share in that consequence. If it's an honor to live on that street, let them share in that.
Still, I hope that city commissioner lives on Missouri St.

juma 6 years, 1 month ago

Given all the issues of real importance we have to waste time with this crap. In animal behavior this is called 'displaced' ; when the animal does not know what to do in an intense situation then the animal does something totally irrational. The great Lawrence City Commissioners are truly 'displaced'!

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