Butler begins public drive to update Hinkle


Butler begins public drive to update Hinkle

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) One of America's classic college basketball arenas could soon be getting a new look.

Butler officials announced Friday that it was beginning the public fundraising phase to renovate historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The plan calls for adding a student-academic center, more chair-backed seating for fans, additional restrooms, a new scoreboard with video, building new coaches' offices structure and replacing the windows above the court with more energy-efficient window panes.

Officials insist there's one thing that won't change - the charm that has made Hinkle Fieldhouse a basketball gem.

``When we visited the Coliseum with our team in Italy in 2010, we had a very prideful tour guide and he said when we built this, we wanted it to last forever, we wanted it to last for eternity,'' men's basketball coach Brad Stevens said. ``So we used that as our motto that year and put it on the back of our shirts - we need to be a program that will be built for eternity because we play in a place that is built for eternity.''

Even if that place needs a little updating.

The plan is not new. Butler announced last year that it had raised $9 million in the first fundraising phase. President James Danko said Friday that the school has actually raised $11 million and needs an additional $5 million to achieve its goal.

Danko said the building needs to be repaired because of weather damage and other sorts of abuse.

One significant change would be the academic center, something Butler does not currently have and could eliminate the time student-athletes waste walking across campus to attend study tables.

Upgrades also will be made to the locker rooms, weight room and training area, pieces that could help Stevens recruit better against the schools in Butler's new conference, the Atlantic 10. The Bulldogs announced they were leaving their longtime home, the Horizon League, in the spring.

``You all know one of our guards is Rotnei Clark and he transferred here from a BCS school,'' Stevens told the crowd gathered inside the cavernous building. ``One of the things that he really hesitated about with Butler was that we only had one cold tub. Think about that, we almost lost a big recruit because we had only one cold tub.''

The arena, originally named Butler Fieldhouse, was one of America's largest facilities when it was built in 1928 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

It is one of Indiana's 37 National Historic landmarks, too.

The venue was renamed for the school's most famous coach, Tony Hinkle, and hosted the Indiana state basketball championships from 1928 through 1971 - a span that included the Milan Miracle, made famous in the movie ``Hoosiers,'' and Oscar Robertson leading Indianapolis Crispus Attucks to two state championships. It also has hosted presidential speeches, served as housing for military barracks during World War II and was a movie set during the filming of ``Hoosiers.''

School officials don't want any changes to the facility to taint those legacies, and are doing what they can to make sure they don't.

``They'll see the same building and the same heart will still be at Hinkle,'' athletic director and former basketball coach Barry Collier said during a video presentation. ``The restrooms will be modernized, those things that make the fan experience better. We'll have an academic center, which we don't have now. The spirit of all those people and all those activities inside Hinkle will still be there, and we ought to preserve it.''


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We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington


We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”

UMBC's NCAA Tournament hopes end vs. Kansas State, but its Cinderella run was unforgettable


UMBC's NCAA Tournament hopes end vs. Kansas State, but its Cinderella run was unforgettable

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UMBC's improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. The statement the Retrievers made and their place in history is forever.

For one weekend in March, the tiny commuter school from Baltimore known for its academics and championship-winning chess team captured the hearts of the college basketball world and beyond. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 in March Madness, a victory over Virginia that made the Retrievers the ultimate Cinderella.

The fairytale came to an end Sunday night in a 50-43 loss to No. 9 Kansas State -- heartbreaking because it was a game UMBC could have won, but still satisfying because the Retrievers touched so many people by accomplishing what many thought was impossible.

"We put our name on the map. We gave hope to teams that come to the tournament with lower seeds," said senior guard K.J. Maura. "I think we gave hope to guys that are not even that tall like me. People that feel like they are underdogs in their life, I think we gave hope to everything they want to do in life."


Stephen Curry noticed the team and sent UMBC the sneakers the team wore against Kansas State. The Golden State Warriors had his Curry 5s, which are in limited release, and other swag sent to the team. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared the Retrievers "Surgeon General approved" and posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a sweatshirt from his alma mater.

NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted to UMBC guard Joe Sherburne, who claims to be Rodgers' biggest fan. And for a team addicted to the video game "Fortnite," their dreams were made when Ninja, a popular gamer who recently played against rapper Drake and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers, FaceTimed with the team early Sunday.

"They play with passion, they play with heart, they play together," coach Ryan Odom said. "We do things together for one another, and obviously when you have a big win like that (over Virginia) and it's so shocking, you know, people love to see that. They love to see the upset.

"And our guys handled it with grace and understood the circumstances. They weren't pounding their chests or anything. They expected to be here and expected to compete."

When UMBC returned to the locker room following its ouster, Odom had written just one word on the whiteboard. The Retrievers needed a buzzer-beating 3 against Vermont to win their conference title and make the NCAA Tournament, but they showed up believing they could beat Virginia, and the same about Kansas State.


So Odom simply penned "Proud" on the board for his players.

"Just very proud of these kids and what they've been able to do as the representatives that they are for our university," Odom said. "Just captured our country and beyond, to be honest, from a sporting perspective and it's really, really neat to see."

Sherburne said Odom relayed stories from friends who had texted or called from outside the country to rave about UMBC. Near tears after an 0-for-9 shooting night, Sherburne found consolation in the joy UMBC brought to so many.

"From when we beat Vermont until the last two hours were the greatest time of my life," Sherburne said. "What we did, everyone in here, it's the greatest time of our lives."

Odom arrived at UMBC two years ago and inherited a team accustomed to losing. He told them he was going to get them to .500 that first year; they thought he was joking. But slowly the culture changed and the Retrievers did everything Odom told them they could accomplish.

And then some.

"When I got here, first we were a four-win team that year, and then the next year we went on to win seven games," said graduate student Jairus Lyles. "Then Coach Odom and his staff came in, we won 21 games and this year we had a tremendous season."

Odom doesn't know how far the UMBC program can grow. Those four letters are now synonymous with the biggest upset in college basketball history, but it's a long way from becoming a basketball school.

"UMBC is a unique place -- lot of high achieving kids on campus," Odom said. "We want guys that want to be great from a basketball perspective and want to play after college. But, at the same time, we want folks that are highly motivated academically that want to do great things past basketball. Because the air goes out of the ball at some point for everybody."