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

December 14, 2011

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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.

Comments

inmate 2 years, 4 months ago

Renaming streets? Seriously? Does he have a relative on the commission? Does this really make sense?

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juma 2 years, 4 months 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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jayhawkinsf 2 years, 4 months 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.

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Grump 2 years, 4 months 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.)

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

Honor me with a turnout which disappears into an untouched meadow.

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KPOP 2 years, 4 months 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.

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Pywacket 2 years, 4 months ago

I think it's childish to want to dump "MIssouri St" over sports rivalry (or even over long-resolved border wars). Changing the name of existing streets is just a pain in the a$$ thing to do. Grow up, sports fans. The state-named streets indicate when the states entered the union. It would be the height of silly petulance to dump one of them because of some infantile sports rivalry.

Yes, name the field after Fambrough--that would be much better than changing an existing street name. Entirely appropriate. If I (a non-football fan) were asked whose name I thought of when I heard "KU football," I would say, "Fambrough." If even non-fans are familiar with his name, that says a lot about the appropriateness of associating his name with the stadium or field. Ask the same non-fan (or even a lot of fans, I'd bet) who Kivisto is, and they're going to say, "Who"?

Finally, if a new street is considered, it wouldn't mean that "coach" was blocks or miles from the stadium. It would simply mean that a new street was named in his honor. It would be no tragedy that it wasn't right beside the stadium. Once you get outside the stadium itself (i.e., if the stadium, field, etc., aren't renamed for him), the physical proximity of the named street should be of less importance than other practical considerations (such as avoiding changing people's addresses, having existing maps become invalid, etc).

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Vince Brown 2 years, 4 months 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.

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Bill Cushing 2 years, 4 months ago

I am 100% with TopJayhawk on this.

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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Pywacket 2 years, 4 months ago

Naming a street after a notable resident who has passed on is a fine gesture. I just don't understand why they always want to change the perfectly good name of an already known street! With all the building and development that goes on around Lawrence, it doesn't seem that it would be too hard to designate a new street after Mr Fambrough (and they could have done the same for Mr Billings....).

I get that 11th street is near the stadium. But I don't see how the gesture would be diluted or made less meaningful if the designated street were in a nice new part of town. The people who bought homes there could take pride in a neighborhood tie-in to KU tradition. And older streets could be left alone, especially numbered ones, which can help new Lawrence arrivals--student and otherwise--keep from getting lost as they settle in.

Not only would that eliminate unnecessary confusion, but it would also eliminate the need to change street signs and people's addresses.

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