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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

Kablamo 2 years, 7 months ago

As a delivery driver, I find this annoying.

hujiko 2 years, 7 months ago

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

You do us all so proud!

independent_rebel 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm not confused. Sheesh, simmer down people.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 7 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.

Clickker 2 years, 7 months ago

Please. He was a great guy but thats would be a little overkill.

JayCat_67 2 years, 7 months ago

I heard they were going to rename the fountain after Bob Valesente

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 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.

Emily Mae 2 years, 7 months ago

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

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

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

the_realest_mccoy 2 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

Did you ever hear the man speak? He sounded insane, and not in a John Brown interesting kind of insane way, either. And I'm the biggest KU fan you'll ever meet. I never understood some people's love for the guy. He was a horrible coach who found some kind of fame by bashing MU once a year. That's not a whole lot different than what I can find on any internet message board.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

This is true. Most places name streets after people that accomplished great thing, like winning national championships. Lawrence just renamed a street after a guy because he hated another state. Think about that.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

and that is about as Missourian a thing as I can imagine. The irony is thick.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Had this tirade been directed against one of the protected groups on this award-winning website, it would have already been deleted.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 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.

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 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.

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 months ago

The one who couldn't care less if they named the street Fambrough Street, Mangino Way, or S@#!thole Boulevard.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

Mangino Way sounds like a traffic artery with serious congestion problems.

FlintlockRifle 2 years, 7 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.

JayCat_67 2 years, 7 months ago

And, judging by the description, it sounds like very few actual addresses were affected.

dipweed 2 years, 7 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?

Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 7 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.

bastet 2 years, 7 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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