Sep 13, 2012
Kentucky To Use Final Four Floor In Locker Rooms

Cincinnati.com

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120912/SPT0104/309120128/UK-championship-floor-arrives-Calipari-has-grand-ideas

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has a knack for big, attention-grabbing ideas. So when his phone rang and the man on the other end said, “Coach, I just bought the Final Four floor and I’m calling to find out if there’s anything you would like to do with it, Calipari laughed.

“”You’re asking the wrong guy, he told the man. I’ll have some ideas here in a minute. Give me some time.”

Calipari’s latest big idea arrived at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, when a moving truck rolled into the building with some precious and impressive cargo: the entire floor on which the Wildcats won the NCAA basketball championship in April.

Northwestern Mutual, a large insurance company and corporate NCAA sponsor, bought the floor and donated it to UK.

The plan now is for more than 3, 000 square feet of that floor to be used in the Cats’ locker rooms, which are undergoing a major renovation. The 2012 New Orleans Final Four logo that was in the center jump circle for the title game will soon be the centerpiece of the room where players dress before home games. There will also be wall murals that match moments from the game to sections of the actual floor on which they occurred.

“When you walk on the floor, this is it. This is the floor we won the national title on in 2012 and that was the free throw that Doron Lamb made to ice the game, and this is the free-throw line he shot it on, Calipari said. So it will be neat. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of any other locker room doing anything like this. But then again, it seems like here at Kentucky we do a lot of things that have never been done.”

Kentucky To Use Final Four Floor In Locker Rooms

Cincinnati.com

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120912/SPT0104/309120128/UK-championship-floor-arrives-Calipari-has-grand-ideas

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has a knack for big, attention-grabbing ideas. So when his phone rang and the man on the other end said, “Coach, I just bought the Final Four floor and I’m calling to find out if there’s anything you would like to do with it, Calipari laughed.

You’re asking the wrong guy, he told the man. I’ll have some ideas here in a minute. Give me some time.

Calipari’s latest big idea arrived at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, when a moving truck rolled into the building with some precious and impressive cargo: the entire floor on which the Wildcats won the NCAA basketball championship in April.

Northwestern Mutual, a large insurance company and corporate NCAA sponsor, bought the floor and donated it to UK.

The plan now is for more than 3, 000 square feet of that floor to be used in the Cats’ locker rooms, which are undergoing a major renovation. The 2012 New Orleans Final Four logo that was in the center jump circle for the title game will soon be the centerpiece of the room where players dress before home games. There will also be wall murals that match moments from the game to sections of the actual floor on which they occurred.

“When you walk on the floor, this is it. This is the floor we won the national title on in 2012 and that was the free throw that Doron Lamb made to ice the game, and this is the free-throw line he shot it on, Calipari said. So it will be neat. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of any other locker room doing anything like this. But then again, it seems like here at Kentucky we do a lot of things that have never been done.”






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