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Oregon's new court aims for iconic status

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08:20 AM ET 01.14 | Oregon's new basketball facility debuted in earnest Thursday night, and it is unique. Rob Mullens, the current athletic director, said it looks better in person than it does in pictures (and on TV, where there is noticeable glare from the bright lights). And better than it did when he flew to Idaho to inspect a 10-by-20-foot section of floor this summer. "If you flip on a college basketball game and you see that floor, you're not going to have to guess where it is," Mullens said. "People were having similar conversations about our football uniforms several years ago, and I see more and more people being more innovative with their uniforms."

The Oregonian

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January 14, 2011  09:49 AM ET

It looks like the muddle was left out in the sun and was bleached out in the middle by said sun.

Hey, their cheerleaders are awesome, though!

January 14, 2011  10:43 AM ET

If it helps them win then it's all good.

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January 14, 2011  11:32 AM ET
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This is absolutely effin' uglier than Boise State's football turf. I had blind dates who were prettier (they may not have said the same of me).

JRM, she looks pretty good to me. I never had a date (blind or otherwise) that looked as good as she does! Of course, if she looked that good she would have to be blind to go out with me.

January 14, 2011  11:38 AM ET

This will continue at Oregon as long as Phil Knight is paying for everything.

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January 14, 2011  12:50 PM ET

Oregon is beginning to be mostly flash. They have had some butt ugly football uniforms and now this basketball court. The football team runs up the score on mediocre opponents but in enemic in the big bowl games (17 points in '10 Rose Bowl and 19 points in the '11 NC game).

January 14, 2011  01:04 PM ET

How many days till college football???

January 14, 2011  01:16 PM ET
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How many days till college football???

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January 14, 2011  01:30 PM ET
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231

Gonna be a long off-season!!

January 14, 2011  01:31 PM ET
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Gonna be a long off-season!!

Word

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January 14, 2011  03:41 PM ET
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Closing my office door again.....

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