Kentucky Basketball Buys Itself A Lump Of Trouble

A group of donors has offered to put up $7 million to construct new living quarters for the Kentucky basketball team, but there’s one catch. The new place has to have the word “coal” in its middle name. I’d change my middle name to Coal for 7 mil, but when we’re talking about a university building, and an issue as politically sensitive as coal production (*cough*), things get complicated.

Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge

Everyone’s weighing in on this one: Faculty, students, mining engineers, former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall (for whom the current facility is named), politicians, environmentalists, and even MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Point of Irony: The proposed new facility with coal in the title will be a “green” building. Read more…