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It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: November 12, 2011 12:32 pm
By Gary Parrish

CORONADO, Calif. -- The logos college basketball events put at midcourt are dangerous.

Don't believe me, ask Roy Williams.

"Let's stop putting those stupid logos on the floor where kids slip and slide around," Williams said. "Somebody is going to get hurt, and I've said that for years and years and years."

The North Carolina coach has indeed said that for years and years and years -- proof being that the above quote isn't from Friday night's Carrier Classic. That's actually a quote I found from 2008, a quote Williams delivered after two Tar Heels (Marcus Ginyard and Tyler Hansbrough) slipped on a midcourt logo during a game in Raleigh.

So coaches have literally been fighting this fight for years and years and years.

And yet nothing changes.

There was still a big logo at midcourt for the Carrier Classic ... and it nearly cost Michigan State's Branden Dawson. The 6-foot-6 freshman slipped on the logo while running and twisted his knee. Yes, he later returned. But it looked bad. And it could've been bad. And it's not something the NCAA should allow to continue.

"We've got to get rid of those logos in the middle of the court," Michigan State's Tom Izzo said late Friday. "We can put logos other places. I'll wear logos to support the people who sponsor us. They can paint me. But we have to get rid of the logos for the safety of the players."

Photo: AP

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:00 pm

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

@TheJza- very good point.

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:53 pm

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Maybe you should sue your english teacher.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:50 pm

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

maybe that player sould sue the NCAA

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:48 pm
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:44 pm

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Stop it ! The logo is no more dangerous at mid court than it is painting a line or adding color to key/goal areas are. Maybe they ought to ban the players sweating, which is what really causes the slips when players are expecting the hardwood court to have a tackier surface when they make thier cuts & moves. In High School the school opted for a rubberized surface, but even there water from a roof leak, cracks in that surface and even sweat when players dripped or collioded and fell to the court didn't solve the problems these coaches are looking/claiming to resolve by eliminating a logo here and there at specific locations. I hate to say it, the amount of play and intensity level at mid court, is a tip off/jump ball between teams to determine possession. the team runs pretty much a straight line thru the mid court area, very little cutting and change of direction is gradual. Where injuries are occurring at mid court, on loose balls and players getting tangled up as they dive for the loose ball. You're going to want a slippier surface so that the players don't get wood burn or stick to the point/spot where they dove for the ball. Just like you wouldn't want a football player to stick into the turf like a yard dart while diving and sliding for a fumble or loose football.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:39 pm

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

I hear where you're coming from, but a bit silly to suggest that coaches should give up salary to replace corporate advertising.  They should simply have any sponsorships along the sidelines, framing the court, but out of play.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:30 pm

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

The logos bring in money. If the coaches are so concerned about player safety they should say "Get rid of the logo and take the lost revenue out of my exorbitant salary".

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