Kansas ' plans to build new housing for its men's and women's basketball players will move forward thanks to a generous donation from the family of a KU alum.
Earlier this month, the Kansas legislature denied the school additional bonds for the $17 million dollar "Fieldhouse Apartments" project, but a donation from the family of Kent McCarthy will allow the school to begin phase one project.
The school announced Monday night during the Jayhawks' game against Oklahoma that the apartments will be named for Kent's late mother, Marie McCarthy; also a Kansas alum.
“My mother loved everything about the University of Kansas and the state of Kansas,” Kent McCarthy said. “She never missed watching a KU basketball game. My father Charles, who thankfully is still with us, and Marie were married for 62 years, and I think the only thing ‘Grams' loved more than Kansas basketball was being a grandmother.”
According to a plan submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents in January, the first phase would include a commons area and 33 bedrooms at an estimated cost of $11.6 million. According to the same plan, private donations would finance $7 million to 7.5 million of phase one. KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said KU was still searching for other donors for the project.
KU officials said Monday that they would meet with architects to review the plans and that the cost estimates could change.
"We have the best venue, and we will have the best housing," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement. "I see a world of positive in this project as we strive to maintain and even exceed what the Kansas basketball program has been achieving."
With its win against Oklahoma on Monday night, Kansas clinched a share of the Big 12 title for the tenth consecutive year.