Pauley Pavilion

A flooded Pauley Pavilion reopened in 2012 after $136 million in renovations

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Less than two years ago, UCLA unveiled its revamped Pauley Pavilion.

It modernized the historic college basketball arena, where an NCAA record 11 national championship banners hang from the rafters. On Tuesday afternoon, a massive water main break, led to a flooded the UCLA campus, turning the famous gymnasium into a natatorium.

The 30-inch water main on West Sunset Boulevard ruptured after 3 p.m., according to Just before 5 p.m., sandbags were being placed in front of the northern part of Pauley Pavilion, “where some water has already gotten inside.”

By 5:30 p.m. PDT, half court, which featured a new logo as part of those renovations several years ago, was covered in a pool of water.

In 2010, the university began renovations on the structure that opened in June of 1965. It was originally built for $5 million. The renovations, which lasted until 2012, ran upwards of $136 million. During renovations, the Bruins played most of their 2011-2012 regular season home games 16 miles away at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which is closer to the USC campus. The Bruins played four more at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

UCLA opened the 2012-2013 season against Indiana State, the school where John Wooden began his coaching career. The Bruins downed the Sycamores, 86-59, on Nov. 9, 2012, the first game in the revamped Pauley Pavilion.

In that time, the university was able to add 1,000 seats, upping the capacity to 13,800. The Pavilion Club, located on the north side of the arena was constructed for UCLA donors to enjoy a buffet while also serving alcohol, two hours before home games. A new video board hung over half court. Concession stands were added. As was a new locker room for the men’s basketball team. A locker room that is now flooded.

Pauley Pavilion wasn’t the only UCLA athletic site to be affected on Tuesday. Drake Stadium, the track and field facility, was also flooded. According the Los Angeles Times, Spaulding Field, the football team’s practice facility, which also underwent renovations in 2012, appears to have avoided any damage.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that up to 10 million gallons of water poured out of the 90-year-old water main line. Pauley Pavilion is reportedly under six inches of water. UCLA is scheduled to play an exhibition game on Oct. 31 and open the season at home on Nov. 14 against Montana State.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.