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Renamed streets honor memory of Fambrough

Fans, former players and family members watch as Preston Fambrough stands for a moment below two street signs renamed in honor of his deceased father, legendary Kansas football coach Don Fambrough, following the unveiling of the intersection of Fambrough Drive and Fambrough Way on Saturday at the northwest corner outside Memorial Stadium. At right is David Lawrence, a former player of Fambrough’s.

Fans, former players and family members watch as Preston Fambrough stands for a moment below two street signs renamed in honor of his deceased father, legendary Kansas football coach Don Fambrough, following the unveiling of the intersection of Fambrough Drive and Fambrough Way on Saturday at the northwest corner outside Memorial Stadium. At right is David Lawrence, a former player of Fambrough’s.

April 28, 2012

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KU students have a new place to tailgate on gamedays: the corner of Fambrough and Fambrough.

Stretches of two streets northwest of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium were renamed in honor of former KU football coach Don Fambrough. A parcel of 11th Street, from Mississippi Street to Missouri Street, is now named Fambrough Drive. And the piece of Maine Street tucked behind the Memorial Stadium press box is now Fambrough Way. The city of Lawrence and Kansas University worked together to rename the intersection.

“At the corner of Fambrough and Fambrough. How about that?” said KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, just before the unveiling, which took place before the spring football game Saturday. A crowd of about 150 let out a cascade of laughter and applause at the commemoration.

“Don Fambrough’s passion is unparalleled, his service is unmatched — no one else can ever put in 60 years — and his loyalty ... even when the going was bad, Fambrough loved KU, and that’s why we’re honoring him today,” Zenger said.

Fambrough died last September. He was a well-known presence in Lawrence, recognized for his often exaggerated hatred of Missouri. He pledged to never spend a dollar in the state, and he delivered anti-Tiger speeches during Missouri week.

Lifelong KU fan Eli Bergman, of Lawrence, attended Saturday’s unveiling because he was moved by the way Fambrough rallied KU’s football team against Missouri.

“He was KU’s spokesman (versus Missouri),” Bergman said.

Pat Maxon, of Topeka, said that Fambrough was iconic at least partially because he understood the significance of the Border War.

“I think what means the most to me is his hatred toward Missouri,” said Maxon, former president of the Topeka Jayhawk Club.

But Fambrough was also known for his love of KU and positive effect on the community.

“Don was a longtime proponent of the university and the Lawrence community,” said City Commissioner Hugh Carter. “He was dedicated to his work with Kansas Athletics but was also a passionate volunteer and fundraiser.”

Comments

bastet 1 year, 12 months ago

Don Fambrough was a great supporter of KU and his support had nothing to do with the MU stuff. That is so much NOT his "claim to fame." It is unfortunate that everyone focuses so much on that one aspect of his admitedly colorful character. He loved a good story; he loved to fire up a team. This was a man who believed in teaching and developing young men, who believed in supporting and promoting a school that didn't always treat him as well as it should have, who loved Lawrence, KU and Kansas and spent all of his adult life tirelessly lending his time to making his communities a better place.

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Oread420 1 year, 12 months ago

This was a stupid move. Please fire the entire city commission! Leave the street names alone!

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observant 1 year, 12 months ago

Maybe we should really be showing respect for many, many more who have displayed pride and support for KU than someone who's claim to fame was simply, he hated MU.

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Jayhawk_4_Life 1 year, 12 months ago

you people complaining need to go out and get a life. It's a simple gesture to someone who displayed tremendous pride and love for KU. Most of you just look for stuff to complain about while on here reading the news.

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milkman_dan 1 year, 12 months ago

The movie, Idiocracy must have been based on Lawrence city commission.

Obviously, lead pipes and paint are still a problem at city hall.

Can we give Hugh C and his puppet-master Sue. H. an award for the the dumbest stunt ever proposed in Lawrence?

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dipweed 1 year, 12 months ago

Here we go again, renaming a numbered street. They had a golden opportunity to do it right but blew it. Instead of renaming yet another numbered street, they should have just renamed a portion of Missouri street. Leave the numbered streets alone. Bob Billings Street anyone?

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 12 months ago

Come on people, city spends more on some of there boon-dogles than this cost. What is the differents than 15th street, going west one minute your on 15th and next intersection your on Bob's road, same for 23rd street headed west next thing your on Clinton Park Way, this cost us more that the Fam signs.

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observant 1 year, 12 months ago

Fambrough's record: he ranks 27th out of 36 head coaches in KU FB history. But he hated MO, therefore he rates streets being named after him?

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JayhawksandHerd 1 year, 12 months ago

Seriously, I'd hate to see how some of you deal with real problems. I swear, I could hand ten dollar bills to each person who walked past on the street, yet someone would complain because I didn't hand him a twenty.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 12 months ago

I guess nobody notified these geniuses that MU and KU are no longer in the same conference and no longer play each other. Way to go to the the 100 people in the picture that showed up to celebrate their own stupidity.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 12 months ago

It's times like this that I am reminded of Monty Python's Holy Grail. "Lawrence, nah, it's a silly place".

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hitme 1 year, 12 months ago

This was the dumbest salute to mediocrity ever. A complete embarrassment to everyone in Lawrence, KU, & Kansas. These street names need to be renamed and the signs replaced.

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Emily Mae 1 year, 12 months ago

And Missouri St. still leads us to the stadium...can we change that street name already?

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 12 months ago

Each time the city does something like this it does cost taxpayers money. Besides street signs and labor costs all maps must be changed. Nothing comes for free.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 12 months ago

I am really dosappointed. They did not build a roundabout at that location and put a statue of Mr. Fambrough in the middle.

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hujiko 1 year, 12 months ago

Congratulations on adding nothing but more confusion to the already mentally diminished motorists around Lawrence.

You do us all so proud!

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Kablamo 1 year, 12 months ago

As a delivery driver, I find this annoying.

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