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KingPriest2
11-23-2004, 06:22 PM
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Paige Sports Arena to be renamed

By MIKE DeARMOND The Kansas City Star


On Tuesday morning, Bill Laurie called Missouri athletic director Mike Alden with a no-strings-attached offer.

Laurie told Alden that MU officials were free to take the name of Laurie's daughter off the school's new $75 million basketball palace. Laurie was sorry that the Paige Sports Arena had become such an embarrassment to the school to which Bill and Nancy Laurie had given $25 million in construction seed money. And they were equally as sad that an ABC-TV news show, “20/20,” had chosen to air a segment last Friday in which their daughter was alleged to have paid a former college roommate some $20,000 to perform academic work for her.

And so, the Paige Sports Arena will be renamed.

Joe Moore, spokesman for the University of Missouri system, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Laurie family is allowing the governing Board of Curators the rights to rename the arena.

“Their relinquishment of those rights was a decision (the Lauries) made voluntarily,” Moore said in a prepared news release.

After whom the arena might now be named and when, MU officials weren't immediately saying. Moore said the curators plan to meet to discuss what to do with the arena's name.

Alden, reached by telephone Tuesday as he drove to Kansas City for tipoff of the Tigers' game in the Guardians Classic basketball tournament, would not confirm the sequence of events that led to the Paige being the Paige for one of the shortest periods in building-naming history. Nor would Alden say at that point that the name change was a done deal.

Don Walsworth, a member of the Board of Curators, took a similar stance, although Walsworth did tell The Star at midafternoon that the matter was in the hands of the school's legal staff.

Neither Bill nor Nancy Laurie made any statement as of Tuesday evening.

However, sources confirmed to The Star that an agreement had been reached, and that the Laurie family instigated the talks that led to that agreement without pressure from MU or Board of Curators officials.

Thus, rather quickly, ended at least the question of how long Missouri would have to live with the embarrassment of having its new hoops hall — a focal point on the MU campus in Columbia — bearing the name of someone who allegedly earned a college degree by cheating.

Was it that much of an embarrassment? Well, Walsworth, a friend of the Laurie family, certainly took it that way when he first heard of the impending TV expose last Friday.

“When I heard about this this morning,” Walsworth told The Star, “I about died.”

Paige Laurie never attended MU. Technically, some insist, MU's new hoops arena isn't even named after her so much as after her father's business venture, Paige Sports Entertainment.

But last month, Paige was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony helping celebrate the completion of this edifice, which sits proudly on a hill just south of venerable Faurot Field and the Hearnes Center, the multipurpose building that the Paige has supplanted as home to MU basketball.

But the fact that the Paige is named the Paige became just one more reason for Missouri administrators and fans to flinch last Friday, knowing that over the coming hours and days — perhaps longer — the school they love would be the butt of one more set of jokes.

Ricky Clemons and NCAA probation. The ATV incident at the Paradise Point home of university systems president Elson Floyd. The jailhouse tapes between Clemons and Floyd's wife, Carmento, and of associate athletic director Ed Stewart's wife, Amy.

And now this.

Would the curators consider, after viewing the ABC show, removing Paige Laurie's name from the building? Walsworth said that wasn't being discussed because contractually, the school had no legal leverage.

An examination of the contract by The Star confirmed that point.

But on Tuesday, Bill Laurie made that point moot.

The Paige has been turned into a blank wall. It's up to Missouri to give it a new name now.

Lynn Franey of The Star contributed to this report.

ENDelt260
11-23-2004, 06:26 PM
Seems to me that Elson Floyd's done more to damage the reputation and/or image of the University than Paige Laurie.

Yet, he's still prez...

KingPriest2
11-23-2004, 06:34 PM
Curator says Laurie story under review
Inquiries widening in cheating scandal.


By NATE CARLISLE of the Tribune’s staff
Published Tuesday, November 23, 2004
A University of Missouri curator yesterday left open the possibility of changing the name of the Paige Sports Arena, and the University of Southern California said it would investigate allegations that Paige Laurie cheated there.




Laurie
Columbia businessman Tom Atkins, who was elected Friday as president of the University of Missouri Board of Curators beginning Jan. 1, said the university is "looking at this, and we’ll just have to make our own decision."
Asked whether renaming the arena was a possibility, Atkins replied: "I would assume it is, but I really don’t know." Atkins said he wasn’t familiar with the terms of the agreement that gave the Laurie family naming rights for the arena.

On Friday, ABC’s "20/20" featured Laurie in a story about cheating on college campuses. The program broadcast an interview with Laurie’s former USC roommate, Elena Martinez, who said she was paid $20,000 over 3˝ years to write papers and complete other assignments for Laurie.



The name game

In October 2001, the University of Missouri and Bill and Nancy Laurie agreed to terms of the family’s $25 million donation to build what would become Paige Sports Arena. Here’s what the contract says about naming the facility.
● "Agent shall have the exclusive and unconditional right at any time up until four years after the opening of the Arena to name the Arena or any portion thereof after Donors or any member of Donors’ family."

● The "rights of the Agent and the Donors hereunder shall terminate at such time as the Arena permanently ceases to be used as a sports arena by the University and shall not be applicable to any new arena constructed by the University."


Laurie, 22, graduated from USC in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Laurie of Columbia, who in 2001 donated $25 million toward the construction of a new basketball arena at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In exchange for the donation, the Lauries were permitted to name the arena for their daughter.

Michael Jackson, the USC vice president for student affairs, said yesterday in a telephone interview that the campus had begun investigating Martinez’s claims and will contact her and Paige Laurie.

"I think the most important thing is to understand that USC, like the University of Missouri or any other university, strongly believes in academic integrity," Jackson said.

"We will review the behavior of both individuals and take appropriate action based upon the facts that are established," Jackson later added. "Both Ms. Laurie and Ms. Martinez are involved in this and will have their behavior reviewed under our student conduct code."

Jackson said he would not speculate what punishment might befall the women and said privacy laws likely would prohibit USC from announcing any results without the consent of the Laurie and Martinez.

USC has precedent for revoking an issued diploma, Jackson said. Jackson said during his 10 years of service at USC, there was a case where a graduate student was found to have plagiarized a dissertation. The university rescinded that student’s degree.

"20/20" reported Martinez did not graduate from USC.

MU and the Lauries’ agent signed an agreement in October 2001 outlining the donation and the concessions to the family.

The terms say the Lauries "have the exclusive and unconditional right … to name the Arena or any portion thereof after Donors or any member of Donors’ family."

The terms remain in effect so long as the arena remains a sports facility, the agreement says. There is no clause allowing for a name change in the event of disrepute to the family.

A representative of Commerce Bank, acting as the Lauries’ agent, signed the agreement, as did Jim Cofer, then the university system’s vice president for finance and administration.

The Lauries have made other donations to MU. In 1997, the family donated $550,000 for an endowed veterinary professorship that’s also named for Paige Laurie. Additionally, a lawyer for the Wal-Mart heirs said in 1997 the couple contributed $200,000 to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and $100,000 to Children’s Hospital.

University Curator Don Walsworth said he doesn’t know the terms of the arena agreement or whether MU could seek to change the name. He called the Laurie family "fine, fine" people.

"I think they have been very generous contributors to the University of Missouri," Walsworth said.

Bill Laurie’s sports entertainment company also is named for his daughter.



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Reach Nate Carlisle at (573) 815-1723 or ncarlisle@tribmail.com.
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KingPriest2
11-23-2004, 06:35 PM
In scandal’s wake, Lauries give up naming rights for arena

By NATE CARLISLE of the Tribune’s staff
Published on columbiatribune.com Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Four days after allegations that their daughter cheated in college became public, Bill and Nancy Laurie today relinquished naming rights to the Paige Sports Arena.




Jenna Isaacson photo
Paige Laurie cuts a ribbon to open Paige Sports Arena on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus, October 21, 2004.
The family transferred the rights to the University of Missouri, the university announced early this evening. The university said its Board of Curators would meet later to decide what to call the arena.

Joe Moore, a spokesman for the university system, said an attorney for the Lauries contacted the MU legal counsel today to discuss the transfer. Moore said he was unaware of anyone from MU administration requesting the naming rights transfer.

“I can say this, the attorney for the Laurie family contacted the university with this decision,” Moore said.

On Friday, ABC’s “20/20” featured Paige Laurie in a story about cheating on college campuses. The program broadcast an interview with Laurie’s former USC roommate, Elena Martinez, who said she was paid $20,000 over 3˝ years to write papers and complete other assignments for Laurie.

Paige Laurie, 22, graduated from USC in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Laurie of Columbia, who in 2001 donated $25 million toward the construction of a new basketball arena at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In exchange for the donation, the Lauries were permitted to name the arena for their daughter. Paige Sports Arena opened last month.

Moore said the curators had not scheduled a meeting to discuss the arena name.

Brando
11-23-2004, 06:37 PM
How about the Harley-DAVIDSON center?
ok..I like MU but I just couldn't resist.

Valiant
11-23-2004, 06:42 PM
I am not a MU fan, but good for them. That name was a joke even before the scandel...

Boozer
11-23-2004, 06:44 PM
Mizzou should take this opportunity to avoid further embarrassment by cancelling their basketball program.

FTR, I’m talking about the embarrassment that comes from all the losses.

Skip Towne
11-23-2004, 06:46 PM
I wonder if the MUrons will be smart enough to register the domain name this time so it can't be grabbed by a KU alum? BWHahahahahahahaha

DJay23
11-23-2004, 07:41 PM
Can we start nominating names?

The Massengill Douche Arena. (The "Antlers" could then accurately call themselves the "Douche Bags")

Cell Block 5

University of Missouri Sports Arena and Student Halfway House

Allen Field House East

Missouri Institute for Masochistic Sports Fans

Pussy Pavillion

The Meow House


Seriously, shouldn't they just name it Stewart Arena? I know the court is named after him, but why not the whole thing. He's the most significant person in the school's hoops history. I know they'll have to give in to advertising money though.

Coach
11-23-2004, 07:45 PM
Honestly, if the MU people are smart enough, they should name it "Norm Stewart Arena" That's what I would do in honor of Norm, MU's winningest B-Ball coach.

Ari Chi3fs
11-23-2004, 07:46 PM
perhaps they should buy the domain name before releasing the name of the arena this time.

www.paigesportsarena.com

Coach
11-23-2004, 07:46 PM
Seriously, shouldn't they just name it Stewart Arena? I know the court is named after him, but why not the whole thing. He's the most significant person in the school's hoops history. I know they'll have to give in to advertising money though.

Damn, beat me to it. :p

Boozer
11-23-2004, 07:48 PM
Seriously, shouldn't they just name it Stewart Arena? I know the court is named after him, but why not the whole thing. He's the most significant person in the school's hoops history.


"Most significant person in Mizzou's hoops history?" ROFL I'm the tallest guy in my apartment building, why don't they name it after me?

DJay23
11-23-2004, 07:51 PM
"Most significant person in Mizzou's hoops history?" ROFL I'm the tallest guy in my apartment building, why don't they name it after me?
Because ass freaks don't get things named after them except for porn shops and cell blocks in prison. :)

Saulbadguy
11-24-2004, 11:46 AM
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that the Laurie family is transferring to the University the naming rights to the new MU basketball arena.

Under the terms of the naming rights agreement, Bill and Nancy Laurie had the legal right to retain the naming rights. Their relinquishment of those rights was a decision they made voluntarily.

The Board of Curators has not yet met to consider the naming, but when a meeting is held to discuss the matter, it will be publicly announced.

President Floyd and Chancellor Deaton expressed appreciation for the Laurie family's decision. “We are deeply grateful to the Laurie family for their generosity,” President Floyd said. “They are tremendous supporters of this institution.”

“We continue to be grateful to the Laurie family for their long-time support of MU in academics and athletics,” MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said. “Their generosity is helping us build a nationally renowned research university and a sports complex that will serve our student-athletes at the highest level. We respect their decision in this matter, and we will make a naming recommendation in the near future.”

This must have been a difficult decision for the Laurie family and they should be applauded for once again doing the right thing. More as it becomes available.

KingPriest2
11-24-2004, 11:48 AM
You know this could be condensed to one thread you know

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=105005

Saulbadguy
11-24-2004, 11:49 AM
Lack of search kills me. Mods..merge?

KingPriest2
11-24-2004, 11:49 AM
Now that they've agreed to change the name of Missouri's new arena, maybe the Laurie family should just call it “The Plage.”

Or, better yet, they might consider “The Elena Martinez Arena.” (We hear those naming rights are only $20,000.)

Saulbadguy
11-24-2004, 11:50 AM
The Clemons Center
Snyder and Pinkel Discount Athletic Arena
Wal*MUrt

KingPriest2
11-24-2004, 11:50 AM
Lack of search kills me. Mods..merge?


Don't worry about it. I am just giving you a hard time.

|Zach|
11-24-2004, 11:51 AM
Tajudeen Soyoye Arena.

Skip Towne
11-24-2004, 11:55 AM
I would suggest "Quin Snyder Arena" AKA "The Queen Dome".

jettio
11-24-2004, 12:14 PM
Tajudeen Soyoye Arena.

ROFL

I am hoping that they name it after Dan Bingenheimer.

They ought to call it the Improv, because Quin has never trained that team into playing proper half-court offense or defense, they just wing it.

Saulbadguy
11-24-2004, 12:19 PM
http://www.phog.tv/html/queen3.html

Queen "Eye of the Tiger" Arena

ROFL

the Talking Can
11-24-2004, 12:19 PM
how about Clown Arena?


I think the NCAA should pay MU for all the entertainent they provide us.

the Talking Can
11-24-2004, 12:20 PM
or, in honor of Paige and Kingpriest they could just call it the Ignorant Slut Dome

|Zach|
11-24-2004, 12:30 PM
how about Clown Arena?



Whoa...

How long did it take you to think of this gem?

Brock
11-24-2004, 12:30 PM
This whole saga has been hilarious.

|Zach|
11-24-2004, 12:30 PM
or, in honor of Paige and Kingpriest they could just call it the Ignorant Slut Dome
I think someone has a man crush.

beavis
11-24-2004, 12:33 PM
Honestly, if the MU people are smart enough, they should name it "Norm Stewart Arena" That's what I would do in honor of Norm, MU's winningest B-Ball coach.
:clap:

Saulbadguy
11-24-2004, 12:39 PM
Honestly, if the MU people are smart enough
Thats asking quite a bit.

ROYC75
11-24-2004, 01:00 PM
Allen Field House East

I think East Allen Field House sounds better.

Tiggerland

Tiggers Den

:hmmm:

KingPriest2
11-24-2004, 01:04 PM
I think someone has a man crush.


I agree I think TC does have one. Dude I am married. I am sorry about that. TC I am not gay

Skip Towne
11-24-2004, 01:31 PM
I agree I think TC does have one. Dude I am married. I am sorry about that. TC I am not gay
Not yet anyway. But TC is after you.

KingPriest2
11-24-2004, 01:35 PM
Not yet anyway. But TC is after you.

HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!


TC go flame on someone else.

KCWolfman
11-24-2004, 05:43 PM
If MU had an ounce of integrity, they would either refund the 25 mil donation or name it something in honor of Bill Laurie if nothing else.

KCWolfman
11-24-2004, 05:54 PM
or, in honor of Paige and Kingpriest they could just call it the Ignorant Slut Dome
If that's the case, Lawrence could be renamed Benedict Arnold Arena in light of Roy Williams leaving and recruiting traitors like Lester Earl

DJay23
11-24-2004, 07:31 PM
If that's the case, Lawrence could be renamed Benedict Arnold Arena in light of Roy Williams leaving and recruiting traitors like Lester Earl
That would be Benedict Arnold FIELD HOUSE. Not really an arena design.

KingPriest2
11-24-2004, 07:44 PM
I heard this from my brother tonite. He is a MU alum. From what he has heard the arena is going to be named He was at the game tonite. I do believe is is on some boards I think.





Hold your breath:





MIZZOU ARENA

The Board of Curators are voting on it on Friday.