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Kentucky AD on arena: 'Must be' gold standard

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08:23 AM ET 04.15 | Nothing but the best will do in Lexington. The arena used by the University of Kentucky men's basketball team "must be the gold standard," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart told a task force studying the future of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center complex. "The facility our players compete in, and our fans go to, must be the gold standard. It can be nothing ... less than that," Barnhart told the group appointed by Mayor Jim Gray in March to make recommendations on whether to renovate Rupp Arena or replace it with a new facility. "I think on that we all can agree." The 45-member Arena, Arts & Entertainment District Task Force held its first organizational meeting Thursday. The group will be financed with $350,000 in private donations, which have not been raised. Attorney Brent Rice, chairman of the task force, said he was not asking anyone in the room for money Thursday, "but I will be calling you."

Lexington Herald-Leader

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April 15, 2011  08:27 AM ET

Fool's gold.

April 15, 2011  08:42 AM ET

I was there about 10 years ago and it definitely needs improvements on the inside if none have happened since then. Huge arena though.

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April 15, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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Fool's gold.

Top 3 program. Hardly fool's gold.

April 15, 2011  08:44 AM ET
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Not fool's gold, they fill the one they have and the program makes them some real good money. I think they should build their own on campus and control it themselves. And yes, it should be the best there is in the nation, well deserved.

Our Texas friends try and bash the SEC whenever they can. Becoming rather comical these days.

April 15, 2011  08:45 AM ET

It was just a joke guys.

April 15, 2011  08:47 AM ET
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Our Texas friends try and bash the SEC whenever they can. Becoming rather comical these days.

Oh please stop with the second class citizen mentality.
"Fool's Gold" was a reference to Calipari not your sacred conference.

April 15, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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Oh please stop with the second class citizen mentality."Fool's Gold" was a reference to Calipari not your sacred conference.

It's the same every day with both of you. Like I said, it's comical now. If you want Fool's gold I would suggest Barnes. Even Mack.

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April 15, 2011  09:32 AM ET
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Barnes I understand but Mack has an NC. That takes him out of the fools gold category. But if you want to make fun of the B12 please be my guest.

Come on man, I am playing with you guys too! I love Mack actually. And Barnes is darn good, just has yet to get over the hump. Texas basketball is in better shape right now than ever before don't you think?

April 15, 2011  09:39 AM ET

Instead of being concerned with the condition of Rupp Arena they should be more concerned with where their program will be after Calipari leaves and it is put on probation like his previous two schools and his recruiting of one and done players which makes a travesty of collegiate athletics.

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April 15, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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here

Awesome contribution.

April 15, 2011  10:00 AM ET

These young ladies must be recruiting tools for the SEC.

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April 15, 2011  10:48 AM ET

Call the new one "John Calipari Court at Rupp Arena"

 
April 15, 2011  11:52 AM ET
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Kate and a friend... anyone know who kate's friend is??????

Alyssa Miller

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