May 14, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT
College Hoops kicked off the 2011-2012 season in memorable fashion, as North Carolina knocked off Michigan State 67-55 in the Carrier Classic, a game that was played on Veterans Day aboard the USS Carl Vinson and attended by the Obamas.
It was, quite frankly, an awesome sight to see basketball getting played as the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The game was an event, so much so that I can’t tell you off the top of my head much more than the final score, but I can tell you that some of the images of the game will forever be burned into my memory.
That said, there is one moment that sticks out in my mind: talented Spartan freshman Branden Dawson went down in a heap in the first half after taking a nasty fall as the result of slipping on the Quickens Loans sticker at center court. ”We’ve got to get rid of those logos in the middle of the court,” Michigan State’s Tom Izzo said after the game. “We can put logos other places. I’ll wear logos to support the people who sponsor us. They can paint me. But we have to get rid of the logos for the safety of the players.”
Just a couple of days later, the officials forced Memphis to take the decals off the floor of the FedEx Forum during an opening round game for the Maui Invitational due to the players slipping. There has been a push to disallow sponsors putting their logos down on the floor, and it looks like a change is on its way to being made:
Citing temporary decals and logos that may cause players to slip, the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Rules Committees are recommending a rules change that requires the court be “of a consistent surface” so student-athlete safety is not compromised.
The committees believe most surfaces already are in compliance, but no rule exists requiring a consistent surface. In some cases, temporary decals can create a difference on the floor that may cause players to lose their footing.
Rules committee members cited times they’ve seen players slip on areas not consistent with the rest of the court. They are suggesting that any additional logos or decals have the same kind of traction as the rest of the floor.
“The safety of our student-athletes has to come before anything else,” said John Dunne, the chair of the men’s basketball rules committee and coach at St. Peter’s. “We’re seeing players slip on the non-consistent parts of the floor too many times.”
Dunne said the committees have talked about this change in the past.
“Sometimes it takes a high-profile event to make a rules change,” Dunne added. “But we don’t want to sit back and wait for injuries to happen and then pass the rule.”
All proposals for a rule change must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. They are scheduled to meet June 12th on a conference call. This isn’t a rule change year (the rules are changed every other year), but since this change involves the safety of the student-athletes, it may get pushed through.
The stickers on the court are dangerous. Players slip, and when they slip moving at the speed these athletes move, bodies bend in ways they are not designed to bend. Don’t wait for someone’s career to be hindered — or ended — by a catastrophic knee injury to make a change.
I understand the need for the decals. These events need people to invest to happen. The investors look for a return on their money through advertising and sponsorship, and what better way to do it than to have everyone that is watching the game stare at the name of the company for two hours. Eliminate that, and we won’t get events like the Carrier Classic or the Champion’s Classic or the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic — all those made-for-TV, early-season non-conference battles — taking place. No one wants that.
But no one wants to see kids get hurt.
There is an easy way to fix this problem.
During conference tournament play, ESPN was able to superimpose a shot clock onto the court. Every channel that broadcasts a football game puts that yellow line down to let the viewer’s know how far away the first down marker is. Why can’t we do this with the sponsors?
How hard would it be to get a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup logo digitally placed at the head of the key?
The advertisers still pay, the TV viewers still see the ads and we don’t after to worry about a kid blowing an ACL over a few dollars for a guy in a suit that probably has no idea who is even playing in the game.
May 22, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT
It’s all-but official now: Mike Krzyzewski will be returning to coach Team USA in the 2014 World Championships in Madrid and the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. That’s according to a report from Pete Thamel of SI, who reported over the weekend that Coach K was strongly considering returning to head up the stars…
May 22, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT
On Wednesday afternoon, five-star small forward Theo Pinson officially announced his intentions to stay in-state and attend North Carolina. The Greensboro, NC, native picked the Tar Heels over Indiana, Louisville, Georgetown and Duke. A 6-foot-6 athlete on the wing, Pinson is known for his ability to get up and down the floor and finish around…
May 22, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT
Enosch Wolf’s suspension from the UConn basketball team has officially been lifted, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the 7-foot-1 German will be returning to Storrs next season. Wolf was suspended back in February as a result of a domestic dispute where he refused to leave a women’s apartment, pushed her and knocked her glasses…
May 21, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT
Butler will begin play in the Big East next season with Hinkle Fieldhouse, its home floor for more than 80 years under renovations that will cost up to $34 million dollars. The university believes the renovations will be complete around November 2014. “The important role our athletic programs have had within Butler’s strategy and national…
May 21, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT
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May 21, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT
After spending one year on the coaching staff at LSU, long-time assistant Robert Kirby is once again leaving the SEC, this time to join Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers. Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune reports that the first-year LSU assistant resigned as an assistant coach on Monday night in order to take a similar position…
May 21, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT
Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins wrapped up a great career with the Fighting Irish earlier this spring. Following her graduation from the University Notre Dame on Sunday, her sports agency, Roc Nation Sports — founded by Jay-Z — rewarded her with a Mercedes Benz. Got surprised with a new mercedes! Thanks so muchto Jay and…
May 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT
The Connecticut back court was already in good shape with the return of Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun. On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Ollie added to his guard depth with George Washington transfer Lasan Kromah. This news came according to CBSSports.com, who confirmed the transfer through a source. Kromah is graduating from George Washington,…
May 21, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT
The field for the Legends Classic has been announced. Pittsburgh highlights the field and will be joined by Stanford, Houston and Texas Tech. Each of the four teams will host a pair on games on campus prior to going to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the semifinals and the finals. The final two rounds…
May 21, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT
Montana announced on Tuesday that Washington transfer Martin Breunig would be transferring into the program. “We are very excited about signing Martin Breunig at the University of Montana,” head coach Wayne Tinkle said in a statement. “He’s a strong, athletic post player, and he really adds good size and strength to our front line.” “We…
May 21, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT
Kevin Stallings isn’t too happy about Sheldon Jeter’s decision to transfer. According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Vanderbilt head coach has blocked his former player from transferring to Pitt next season. Jeter is a graduate of Beaver Falls HS and announced over the weekend that he would be leaving the Commodores to…
May 21, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT
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