Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lawrence commissioners considering renaming street after former KU football coach Don Fambrough



Don Fambrough

Presumably Missouri motorists would still be allowed, but Lawrence city commissioners will soon consider renaming a city street after former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough.

Commissioners are expected in January to consider a proposal that would rename the stretch of 11th Street north of KU’s Memorial Stadium after Fambrough, who died in September.

“This really isn’t about his win-loss record or anything like that,” said City Commissioner Hugh Carter, who presented the idea. “This is more of a community thing and a chance for the community to say it remembers Don.”

Fambrough was twice head coach of the KU football program in the 1970s and 1980s and played for the Jayhawks in the 1940s. But he is known by many in the region for stoking the rivalry between KU and Missouri. Fambrough often addressed the KU football team before games with the Tigers, invoking battles between the two states leading up to the Civil War.

The city previously had considered naming a portion of Missouri Street after Fambrough, but that idea sputtered after some residents along the street expressed concern over having to undergo an address change.

Carter now is suggesting renaming the portion of 11th Street that runs from Mississippi Street to West Campus Road. City officials believe there are only a handful of properties that would require an address change.

Carter said he has had about 20 individuals approach him with the idea of naming a street after Fambrough. Carter said the city perhaps could more easily name a new street after Fambrough, but he thinks it would be more fitting to have a street near the football stadium.

University officials, Carter said, also are planning on naming a street that runs on university property for Fambrough. Carter said university officials told him they are planning to name the road that runs along the west edge of Memorial Stadium — currently unnamed but would be Maine Street extended — Fambrough Way.

But Carter said he thought naming an official city street after the coach would be appropriate, too.

“This really would be a chance for the community to do something,” Carter said.


nate cleveland 2 years, 4 months ago

The man bled red and blue! He should be honored for that. Especially for his hatred of mizzery!


Janet Olin 2 years, 4 months ago

Coach Fam was the Real Deal. RIP, coach and neighbor. He was the Ultimate Jayhawk.


Boston_Corbett 2 years, 4 months ago

I thought all the sports-jocks were going to pony up and write checks for a statute next to the stadium.

Renaming a street is just a cheap way out.


missouri_street 2 years, 4 months ago

Let's just put a new name on the new library: "We hate Missouri."

How would that make us look?


Jim Williamson 2 years, 4 months ago

Anyone who can't see -- no matter how many times it's said -- that this isn't about coach Fam's record by rather his decades of ambassadorship on behalf of a community and university that he loved is a crack baby.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 4 months ago

Isn't "Mass St." named after Mangino?



jahawkdave 2 years, 4 months ago

Rename Missouri! Any Lawrence resident should be more than happy and willing to change their address and remove Missouri from me that is a weak reason not to get rename the entire street of Missouri, to someone that disliked Mo more than anyone. City Council grow a pair and rid Lawrence of that awful street name.


Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 4 months ago

Have you ever heard, like in San Francisco,of having two names for a street? One sign goes beneath the other.

You have the traditional name, and above it the new one. Both are acceptable.

In Lawrence's case, we should first name the streets with their old names, as well as their present ones, and then contribute some history for each of these names.

Is there a street named Amos in Lawrence? He should be the first one to have a street named after him, since he was the founder of Lawrence.


Alan Braun 2 years, 4 months ago

If they're going to do this, why couldn't they have done it when he was alive to enjoy the honor? Also I still don't understand why it can't be Missouri St, at least the portion of it that runs closest to the stadium.


scott_webb 2 years, 4 months ago

Why is this being brought up again? It was the dumbest idea ever the first two times. Fambrough was a strange guy. I never respected him. His coaching record isn't even 50/50. Someone tell me why we would name a street after him? All he did was bad-mouth Missouri. That story got really old after hearing it enough.

How about naming something after some who has actually contributed to the community like Don 'Red Dog' Gardner and his wife Bev. They've given countless hours without pay to this community.

Renaming streets is nutty. This town's map is already a mess.


ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 4 months ago

In a related story the street leading to the city dump will be renamed Gill Way


Kansas1241 2 years, 4 months ago

I like the idea!! Turner Gill wouldn't approve because Fambrough used bad words...but that's why I like it even more because it's anit-Gill! Rock Chalk!!


dipweed 2 years, 4 months ago

OK, name a street after Don Fambrough, but why in the hell do they want to rename another numbered street? It's absolutely ridiculous that 15th street was renamed to Bob Billings Parkway. Anyone coming in from out of town has no idea where Bob Billings Parkway is, but they would know where 15th street is. Same thing with renaming 11th. I'm all for renaming Missouri Street. It makes so much more sense.


JackSwartz 2 years, 4 months ago

Don Fambrough was a texan, who was fired as coach at Kansas not once, but twice. He had a losing record, finishing over 10 games under .500. He lost the only two bowl games he coached. He is only notable for hating Missouri so much.

Is that all it takes to get a street named after you? How about you at least reserve it for a coach that only got fired once? Or won a bowl game? Or finished with a .500 record?

Naming a street after Fambrough is just pathetic.


hitme 2 years, 4 months ago

As I and many others have repeated every time this subject has come up. Find another way to appreciate Don Fambrough. Go sit on the bench that was dedicated to him up the hill from the stadium. Plant a tree in his honor. Quit talking about changing the street names.

The very idea is embarrassing.
It's bad enough that we already have two numerical streets with name changes; that makes absolutely no sense. There's a street that crosses Harvard Rd. on the south side it is Grove, on the north side it is Mulberry, and in less than a block it becomes Folks. If a city commissioner want to provide a positive contribution, get these mistakes corrected instead of creating more.

Coach Fambrough had a losing record as a coach no matter how nice a guy somebody thinks he was. Most people with an opinion didn't even know him.

Our football program needs things to be proud of. Not a shrine to mediocrity. I can hear the visiting fans now, "Did you know that KU honors their losing coaches by naming streets after them?" Our highbar is pretty low. But if you absolutely feel he needs more "street" recognition, name a new street after him.

Don't change Missouri street either. That makes us look petty and stupid. KU vs MU is a sports rivalry. If we want to feel superior, we need to beat them on the field.

Stop the insanity.


kusportsdotcom 2 years, 4 months ago

are they gonna have to rename the frat at 1111 W. 11th St?


oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 4 months ago

What about John Stavros? Why isn't the drive into the Stadium from 11th named after Fambrough? After all, it was the stadium not 11 street that contributed to his legend? I am surprised that Mr. Carter is pursuing this. Is Mrs. Hack involved in this since she did not get Missouri named?

Lawrence could start renaming every street in town, it would be fitting for the historical ambience of the city, the revisionist historians at work.

Will Weis have a street named after him? Quite frankly, from what I am told,, Mrs. Fambrough is the one to be honored based on my conversations with many of her former students. She is already forgotten!


Calijhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Name the street. It should have been done while he was alive. As one of the hundreds of the young men whose lives he impacted, I am offended beyond words at the implication that he accomplished nothing. I have lived in California for a few years, but don't I remember Lawrence having a school named after a poet? And I would certainly welcome naming another portion of Missouri Street after Robert E. Foster, whose bands were consistently among the nation's best, and yet another block for Clark Bricker, who won the Hope award twice (that I know of). But the idea that Coach Fam's name doesn't belong there due to insignificance is insulting, not to him (he wouldn't care), but to the men he helped build.

57Chevy, you are absolutely right on one count. You ARE living in the wrong town. You'd fit in much better out here.

I'd switch addresses with you in a freaking heartbeat.


Mike Kendall 2 years, 4 months ago

It kind of rubbed me the wrong way that Turner Gill didn't have Fambrough more involved in the Missouri games. I know maybe his health had something to do with it. The idea of having a street named after Fambrough is a fabulous idea. I hope it happens. His family would be proud. RIP Coach.


Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 4 months ago

Yep, bout time to rename missouri st.


Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 4 months ago

It is amazing how things turn around. Most of the comments have been positive towards this idea. Yet, last time it was proposed it was the opposite.


kureignman 2 years, 4 months ago

I only wish that it would have been done last year. Better late than never though.


FinalFinal 2 years, 4 months ago

Is there a new unemployment office we can name after BHO?

Missouri street should be Fambrough Blvd. a true rememberance.


inthemiddle 2 years, 4 months ago

How many of you actually read the story? They are not renaming a portion of Missouri Street, they are renaming a portion of 11th Street. Did he also hate the number 11?


jhawkrulz 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree...rename the entire Missouri street to Fambrough...he would be so proud of getting "Missouri" out of Lawrence. And who cares about a few people that have to go through a name change...golly it sounds like getting a root canal or something horrific. I on the otherhand, if by some chance I found my way on Missouri Street, I would have been trying to find ways to get the name of the street changed.


Trace Stark 2 years, 4 months ago

Outstanding... Let's make it happen!


Janet Scott 2 years, 4 months ago

If you start naming streets after a guy who was a exaggerating story teller, demeaning Mizzery; then where do you draw the line? Utterly silly idea. But then what would we expect? The idea comes from politicians.


kusully 2 years, 4 months ago

It's about f#%£ing time. I wont drive, park or walk down that wretched street. The idea that it's taken this long only makes this decision that much more satisfying. Too bad Coach Fam is not alive to relish in the honor.

BTW, I bet you could auction those signs for some cash. I would pay to watch them crushed.


rockchalkblock 2 years, 4 months ago

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57chevy 2 years, 4 months ago

If we are going to rename streeets in Lawrence, how about after somebody that actually accomplished something instead of a coach or basketball player.? If that is the highest form of success in Lawrence, I am living in the wrong town. Lets find a preacher or doctor or soldier that actually made the world a better place instead of the strongest, fastest guy that managed to win a few games that are forgotten as soon as they are over. Maybe a writer or a poet or a musician? Sports (especially football, not exactly a reason to move to Lawrence)? Really? Who cares. Here's an idea. Lets name the road Obama Blvd. I'll throw in to buy the signs.


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