After the season the famous (or infamous) bouncing floor at Maples Pavilion will be history.
Stanford recently announced plans for a $30 million renovation of its 35-year-old facility.
"We're redoing the whole building," coach Mike Montgomery said.
There will be better sightlines for fans, new restrooms, new locker rooms for players and game officials, theater-style seating replacing wooden bleachers, a new center-hanging scoreboard with four video replay screens.
The trademark floor is also being replaced.
The bounce, or spring as Stanford called it, made it one-of-kind and a shock to first-time visitors.
Stanford promoted the unique floor, thusly: "(it) lessens the athlete's chances of sustaining leg, ankle, heel and foot injuries while providing spring action ideal for higher jumping."
But the floor was blamed for foot injuries that seemed to be peculiar to Cardinal athletes. Star forward Josh Childress missed the non-conference season with a stress reaction.
The floor was also heck for writers trying to keep track of the play-by-play. Your paper often ended up looking like something only Marvin, the baby in the comic strip, could read.
"It's served us well," Montgomery said, not acknowledging any injury problems with the floor. "We're ready to move on."
Maples was built for $3 million and named for the primary donor, Roscoe Maples.
The renovation also will be entirely privately financed.
Work is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the basketball season in early March and conclude on Dec. 27.
Stanford will play its non-conference games next season at the 5,000-seat Leavey Center at Santa Clara University.
The 2005 Pac-10 season will christen the new Maples Pavilion.
Arizona will rename its baseball facility to accommodate the accomplishments of both its legendary baseball figures.
Wildcat Field, which was renamed Frank Sancet Field in 1986, will be changed to Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
The official ceremony is to take place during the alumni all-star game Jan. 24.
Kindall won three national championships during his 24 seasons.
Sancet, the first coach of the modern era (starting in 1950) of UA baseball, took the Wildcats to the College World Series nine times in the 22 years he was coach.
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After having to fire the softball coach in December, her beloved program, Barbara Hedges had to fall on the sword and call it a career as athletic director at the University of Washington.
She went outside the Husky family and cast her lot with football coach Rick Neuheisel, whose lists of transgressions during her watch forced her to fire him last year.
But even that paled to the drug scandal in the softball program. Women's sports, we hoped, would be immune from the stupidity that drives coaches in men's sports to do dumb things to win.
But the school is investigating a sports physician’s association with the softball program. He was dispensing drugs. Most in Seattle couldn't believe Hedges didn't know he was hanging around the program and why.
Hedges is credited with increasing the athletic budget from $18.1 million in 1991 to $39.1 million, making $100 million in facilities upgrades, improving graduation rates, and making the department Title IX compliant.
Dick Thompson, who is retiring as UW director of government relations, will be the interim AD beginning today.