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Coal no longer just the name on the building

“As the Coal Turns” just continues getting more and more controversial.  As we all know by now, the new housing facility for the basketball team will be named the Wildcat Coal Lodge.  Which for most people was no big deal, because frankly it’s just the name on the building.  You can get into the politics of coal all you want, and I am sure that is what it will turn into in the comments, but 95% of people don’t care.  It’s not offensive or derogatory to any group, it will be a beautiful facility, a HUGE recruiting advantage, and most people will never step foot in it.

But now, the Herald-Leader has obtained the gift agreement between Joe Craft and other donors with the university, which reads in part:

“will include an exhibit in the primary entrance lobby which presents in print, photographic, sound, video, DVD and/or other format, a discussion of and tribute to the importance of the coal industry to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which exhibit shall be reasonably acceptable to Craft.”

So, the question I have, as someone with NO OPINION on coal or the coal industry, is this: Did they donate the money to help the basketball program, or did they donate the money to pimp the coal industry?  Is this going to be a dorm or a coal museum?  Or can it be both?

Certainly, if these donors are willing to give 8-million dollars of their money to build this building, they should have a ton of say in it’s construction, design, and purpose.  But, it seems we are straying away from what the building was intended for, which is a housing facility for a basketball team (and a few others), into a self-promotion.  I will wonder how far the university will let the coal industry push this dorm and its details.  If the guys come in and say every room must have art work highlighting coal, or green technologies can not be used in the building, will that be allowed?

I thought the massive argument about the name was silly.  It’s a name on a building.  Don’t like it, don’t call it that.  Continue calling it the Wildcat Lodge, that’s your business.  Now, the players and others living there are having an agenda pushed in their face in the front lobby.  Is this crossing the line?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

97 Comments for Coal no longer just the name on the building

  1. jimmy dykes
    2:07 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    will there be a nail in every room??? I NEED THAT NAIL!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. catty
    2:14 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    hell yeah it crosses the line. probably one reason Todd is leaving. Cant be a top 20 university pushing that agenda. probably highly offensive to many faculty

  3. Blueblood73
    2:18 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Man, now the guys are going to be thinking about coal instead of Basketball!!! Will the madness never end!!

  4. Matt from Hodgenville
    2:18 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Of all your writers that might work 7 days a week, why does it have to be BTI?

  5. Lex07
    2:19 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    It is stupid to have a coal museum in the front lobby. However, as you state in the last sentence of your first paragraph: ” most people will never step foot in it.”

  6. Blueblood73
    2:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Must be a really slow news day!!!

  7. Corman
    2:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Wendell Berry withdrew his personal archives from the university because of this lodge, and I can’t imagine that it will have a positive effect for UK (aside from saving them a few million in construction costs). Pimping the coal industry, as you put it, is exactly what’s going on. It’s clear that whatever support Craft wants to offer the university/basketball team is a distant second to his own agenda. I wish this could be done differently, but obviously, the ship is sailing.

  8. GoCats2010
    2:24 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t care if they didn’t do it to “help the basketball program” Did KFC buy naming rights to the arena to help UofL? No. Naming rights are naming rights and money talks. If they foot the bill they can put whatever they want in the lobby. Is it stupid? Yes. Will it matter? No.

  9. Stupid
    2:25 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Thats politics, basketball is a sport, the two should remain apart especially in an “amature” setting. The only thing amature about college sports is the athletes don’t get paid, just a little hipocritical in my opinion.

  10. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    2:26 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Your making a seperation here…

    ” But, it seems we are straying away from what the building was intended for, which is a housing facility for a basketball team (and a few others), into a self-promotion.”

    There is no seperation.

    There is no “straying away” – When the Yum Center was built it was built as a basketball facility/Yum foods museum. Inside it, there are all the Yum brands on display that you can buy and gum to your hearts content.

    Public Universities rely on donations from individuals and the corporate world. They agree to requests from the donors as long as they are relevant and not overbearing.

    98% of the energy in the state of Kentucky right this minute is produced from coal. The abundance of this cheaper energy resource has enabled Kentucky to be economically solvent for the past 100 years.

    How relevant is Yum food to the state and it’s history? I argue Louisville’s fast food museum is where the corporate facade lies, if you feel it’s necesssary to seperate the entities for a judgment call.

  11. Greg 21 for UK
    2:28 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    As you said in your last post this should be a non issue! But since you brought it up, if you are against coal quit using it. Use a alternative source of power and by doing so you will put coal out of business! End of discussion! Now somebody please turn off the lights!

  12. Motnednah
    2:28 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Offensive to faculty? Does the faculity use electricity? If the coal industry were shut down today, what effect would that have on the world’s economy?

  13. Paul
    2:28 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares. Green tech global warming who cares

    2:29 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    If the only people that are going to be inside the Lodge are UK people, players, and recruits, then what really is the point of having all this coal stuff on the inside in the first place. What exactly is Craft trying to accomplish? The Wildcat Coal Lodge is a stupid name anyway, it doesn’t flow. If Craft wanted to build some type of shrine to coal, why didn’t he do it in the Craft Center where more people would see it?

  15. mateotemprano
    2:29 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink


    i don’t care if it is coal, solar power, or unicorn blood. it is a basketball player dorm and not a political opportunity.

  16. It
    2:31 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been in the “green” business for 20 years, the real stuff though, industrial recycling. Trust me when I say that just because they are the coal business it does not mean they cant use so called green technologies. Coal is half of the worlds energy and it’s important to KY. And yes it needs to be cleaned up in a major way. But banning coal is foolish and narrow minded. We need engineers to invent solutions for the coal industry to clean it up and for the people to support that. Is using UK BBALL the correct way to go about gaining support for coal? Probably not. But it sure looks like the coal guys have one hell of a marketing department.

  17. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    2:38 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    If Mr Craft offered to buy any of you a new $500,000 house, but part of the deal was he’d put a little Coal Trophy display in the Front Foyer.

    Let’s see the names of the people who would stand up and say they would not accept it.

    Then let’s run their names through Kentucky Utilities database to see if they are a current customer of a industry that derives 98% of it’s electricity from coal.

    I encourage people to make stands and do what’s right, but how about when no one is looking but yourself.

  18. Pup, MD
    2:40 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Coal is important for Kentucky! Just like cancer is important for the hospital!

  19. Seneca
    2:43 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Coal actually costs the state budget more than the revenue it produces. All the Kentucky Tea Partiers should take note. It’s an interesting fact.

  20. bluesince66
    2:48 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    If you don’t like it donate 8 million dollars otherwise shut the hell up.

  21. WRT
    2:50 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The environmental movement is mainly made up of morons who are hypocrites. They really are against any business at all that doesn’t fit their little fantasy land they live in.

    Example: my company owns a machine that recycles all garbage into a biomass. It is a proven technology that convert 95% of curb side MSW into viable products. For ten years we have been attempting to operate the technology in CA and WA and all over the US. The problem: low life politicians on the federal, state and local levels won’t divert garbage from landfills to new technologies. Why? Because there is big money in garbage for the government’s general funds. More money than than in coal I might add.

    So at least it isn’t the landfill lodge.

  22. KY Rep
    2:51 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    At the end of the day it is always about money. Coal is a $ 5 billion dollar impact to the this state. It is Craft’s money, he can put terms and conditions as it is his privilege to do so, and the universities to accept or reject. Robinson Forest is worth billions which the University owns, mine coal there and it is worth billions in royalties. Energy from coal runs the state, and is half of the worlds. Go to another source of energy and watch your power bills double, triple, and quadruple! My hat is off to Joe Craft for remembering his college who educated him and the industry that allowed him to make his millions!

  23. Coal
    2:52 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    SInce over 95% of the states energy comes from Coal, KY residents have among the lowest energy costs in the nation. I’d like to see all the nay sayers about coal come up with a better way to mine coal, or better yet, a more efficient way to mass produce energy to meet the demands of residents. You that are against coal are the same group charging your computers, iphones, ipods, ipads, and cars with power generated from burning coal. It’s called hypocrisy.

    Scrubber stone is a new method of using limestone in flu stacks at coal burning power plants that SIGNIFICANTLY reduces the emissions generated by the plant. Green methods are moving in to help out coal…but one fact remains constant. Coal will be here until there is a more suitable solution…and there is no solution as of now.

  24. kyartist
    2:54 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Much ado about NOTHING………why even bring this up?

  25. Mr Schwump
    3:00 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Who gives a shit, take their friggin’ money.

  26. Saywhat!
    3:05 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #22 I agree. #19 were do you get that info? From some tree hugger? If you have the money then give it. If not then don’t worry about it.

  27. Gus
    3:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The idea, this very crappy idea, is to make coal synonymous with Kentucky Basketball, because after all everyone living in coal-devastated Eastern Kentucky loves Kentucky Basketball. It’s an ad campaign — “Rebranding coal”. People’s lives have been ruined because of coal. Look at Upper Big Branch at tell me it hasn’t. My Pappaw died with black lung cancer which spread to his brain. Shame on all those involved in this debacle.

  28. Dwight
    3:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The lobby exhibit doesn’t boether me in the slightest. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Craft has give a ton of money to advance the basketball program. Get off his back.

  29. EW
    3:22 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Take the f’n money.

  30. hoss cat
    3:23 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The coal industry paid for the damn bld. so they should have say in every single thing about it. END OF DISCUSSION

  31. Roll Tide
    3:29 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    If the hbillies want to pony up, why not take their money? After the Lodge is built take the coal idols
    To the furnace.

  32. Jared Wright
    3:34 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    This makes the people who donated the money look like total douchebags. What a bunch of dorks. They’re trying to turn this dorm that is supposed to be for the players, into their own little coal museum pushing all their coal based propoganda. They’ll do anything to try to associate themselves with Kentucky basketball and having their dorky name as part of the building isn’t enough. I’m surprised they aren’t trying to get a big lump of coal to somehow be a part of the uniform design or a coal logo put on the floor at Rupp. This is what old dorky men with money do. They make a “donation” that should be used to help the program. But then they want to act like a**holes and put their little nerdy exhibition in the lobby and say stupid sh*t like “hey we donated the money, we can do whatever we want! If they don’t agree then they can find the money somewhere else.” And I could care less about what coal means to the state of Kentucky. Big effin deal. As long as my lights come on and my TV works I couldn’t give 2 sh*ts about how coal makes that possible.

  33. Jared Wright
    3:36 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    COAL! If that won’t get recruits to sign then nothing will!

  34. encephalo
    3:37 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    a state with a ton of coal USING a ton of coal rather than exploring other green options is the equivalent of a coke dealer getting high on his own supply. we should slang coal to anyone else who wants it and use the profit to find other efficient means….heaven forbid ky lead the way in anything other than basketball.

  35. ltea
    3:48 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    While I’m not enthusiast for the name being associated with coal, it is what it is. No one can deny the economic opportunity and growth that has occurred because of Kentucky’s rich supply of coal.

    While we’re all for UK Basketball to return to the top and our current coach is recruiting players that are here to learn how to get to the next level as quickly as possible (which I’m completely fine with as we all go to college to get a job), we have to recognize that the people who are walking through Wildcat Coal Lodge’s lobby will be students.

    So I have a problem that Craft wants editorial control of what is said. What if Planned Parenthood or a pro-life organization decided to underwrite the Classroom Building and they could print their propaganda in each classroom? What if Green Peace or Japanese great whale hunters wanted to do the same at Funkhouser?

    The players are students – even if just here for a short time – so I would want the same consideration to what they’re exposed to as we would expect for all the other UK students.

  36. Gus
    3:51 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    BTI – “Is this going to be a dorm or a coal museum?”

    The truth is it will ultimately become a shrine to the arrogance of the coal industry. That’s just what happens when you try to propagate lies in the middle of our best place for higher education.

    The facts about the hazards of mountaintop removal for instance tend to prevail over coal’s lies at a facility of higher learning. In the end, the coal will be extracted but their legacy of destruction will remain. No lies will cover it up, perhaps in Pike County it works but certainly not at UK.

    Joe Craft can go back and sit upon his throne of lies in Hazard where ignorance is bliss for all I care, but keep his dirty money out of the one pure thing we have. Just sayin’.

  37. Saywhat!
    3:52 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #27 Saying that is like saying, do away with all the cars because of all the auto crashes. Do away with beer because of all the drunks it creates. If not for coal, where would this state be? Millions of dollars are spent down state, which come from here in the coal fields. Be thankful for what we have.

  38. TheFakeJamaalMagloire
    3:53 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Having a coal museum in the lobby is ghetto. Having a museum to anything other than the University of Kentucky is ghetto.

  39. Antoine Dotson
    3:57 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    19) What, it’s a fact just because you said it was? I can do that too……Bubble gum actually costs the state budget more than the revenue it produces. It’s a fact….See how that works.

  40. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    4:02 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #34 – encephalo – Interesting idea from a drug dealers perspective… however any profits we’d get from “slanging” coal to anyone else who wants it would be burnt up (with the need for additional funds) attempting to power the state on any alternative resource. That leaves $0 for finding other efficent means.

    This isn’t recreational energy consumption we’re talking about. It’s something everyone seems to need. I champion the idea of finding alternative resources. Maybe the crickets that are chirping after my last sentence could be put on treadmills.

    In the mean time, who’s the bad guy? The user, or the dealer?

  41. Gus
    4:07 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    @Saywhat! Just because you have the money doesn’t mean you get to co-opt the Kentucky Basketball brand. It the one thing we all have to be proud of. It’s something everyone should have a part of regardless of status without strings attached. Mixing coal’s agenda with my Wildcats is sacrilege … Let’s say we decide to build a new basketball facility. Do you figure the group with the most money should get naming rights?

  42. harlanhick
    4:08 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Coal is not some big evil that everyone is making it out to be. If these men want to donate this kind of money, they should be allowed and they should be given the right to add an exhibit to show how and where this money was afforded to UK. A lot of good men and women work very hard every day in the coal industry. They have absolutley nothing to be ashamed of at all.

    I dount any other industry in KY has given more money and support to UK than the Coal industry.

  43. Just saying
    4:12 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    WOW the tree huggers are every where!! If UK built the thing and had a tape and video playing My Old KY Home people would LOVE it. The fact is the University does NOT HAVE THE MONEY to build a new WildCat Lodge, so the boys of coal are building it for them. If they want to build the ENTIRE building out of coal I FREAKING OK WITH IT.

    You wanna change the design, donate $8million and tell them to put up solar lights and plant tress in every room and equip it with a waterfall, otherwise if UK is going to “be the Gold standard” of college basketball in terms of facilities, then the Coal industry will be the reason why

  44. Cousins Fake Teeth
    4:16 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Just need to get rid of the entire “coal” name when it comes to the lodge. Its stupid and sounds country redneck.

  45. WRT
    4:16 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    32) you are the problem not the solution.

    36) UK has been involved in some excellent work with CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY. They helped my company research and develope a synfuel briquette in 1998. It was made from waste coal fines in ponds. Mine was just a small deal compared to the commitment the scientists at UK have for real progress in coal and Other energy research. It should be commended.

    34) KY is leading the way in quite a few businesses in the environment. One is coal. We will prove Clean Coal Tech in this state. With technologies like scrubbers for smoke stacks or pyrolosis that convert coal into a gas with out an emission at all.

    There are also many small businesses sinking millions into alternate energy technology and yes some of them are in KY too. It is a very hard business to make money in though. The government, from both sides of the aisle cause the biggest challenge for these companies. As well as morons who don’t know crap about how to solve the problem, but watched a few documentaries and now they are experts blabbing on and on. These two forces combined make it very hard to make quick progress with new technologies.

  46. bubba
    4:18 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m one of the 95% who doesn’t give a crap and hates the HL for constantly trying to manufacture issues to sell their worthless rag.

  47. Just saying
    4:18 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    People seem to think UK has tons of revenue and boosters waiting to give UK money because we are UK. But as soon as the idea come up of building a new basketball arena, or updating Commonwealth, the University was the FIRST to say “our donar revenue isnt as much as most of the schools in the SEC”. So if UK is going to build ANYTHING, guys like Joe Craft will be the reason why. Craft and Nutter have built UK athletics by themselves. If UK wants to cut off their nose to spite thier face, then dont expect the “Craft center” or the Nutter firld house or training facility to come around. People want a new recruiting room and football facilities but they dont want Coal to doante, it and they dont want ticket prices to go up.

    HMMMM….it doesnt work out like that

  48. Coal is never clean
    4:23 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    45. The notion that technology will make “clean coal” is a hoax because mining coal is as bad as burning coal.

  49. Japrick
    4:24 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    My paycheck comes from a coal company, but as a UK fan, I can’t stomach this idea. However, if this was a compromise in order to keep coal out of the Craft Center, then I’ll take it.

  50. dave
    4:28 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I am fine with the name. The people who gave the money have every right to name it. Wouldn’t be the first time that the Herald Leader and other wackos got it wrong. Coal keeps the lights on !

  51. PETA
    4:33 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hmmm, the people of the Commonwealth seem eager to have interest groups come in to fund and name their facilities. How does PETA Arena sound for the new Rupp to all these wannabe coal barons?

  52. GhostofBearBryant
    4:39 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I am quite certain that coal will be around far far longer than any of the players coming in.

  53. bung
    4:41 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Its a dorm….we aint changing the team name. Nice of the coal people to help UK.

  54. bung
    4:45 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t Joe Craft go get John Wall for the Tn. game? Thanks Mr. Craft.

  55. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    4:50 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Coal built the University of Kentucky. Are revisionists afraid to accept reality? Is this a cover up?

    Are we to act like it didn’t happen? Are we to forever hide this beautiful resource that enabled us so much growth as a civilization because it doesn’t fit within a disney script?

    I say celebrate coal. Let’s have a friggin parade for it! It’s kept me warm at night, heated my food and water, and given me the power needed to keep lights on so I can read and feed my head with knowledge.

    Without coal power only the rich would have electricity today. As the limited hydroelectic power within the region would be portioned off to the highest bidder, effectively leaving the general population out in the cold. Then we could go back to burning trees, but it seems trees already have their worship and parades.

  56. USA
    4:56 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    At this point, America should only use energy from America…coal is from the good ole USA. We should be proud we can help ourselves. Once the USA is self sufficient, then we can worry about being green. If Coal Lodge is nice…no one will care. Be thankful for the great Kentuckians that are willing to give their money away to our school.

  57. HackRichards
    4:57 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Who the hell cares where the money came from??? Only an idiot would turn FREE money down. We will have a NEW IMPRESSIVE housing facility for our ball players. Have to be a recruiting draw. You Liberals leave a lot to be desired. Why did not GREEN Energy donate to build this Lodge?

  58. bung
    5:05 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think Greeny pieces offered to rent a mobile john (for a week)

  59. MikeInLexington
    5:06 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, um if you dont like coal or oil, get up and go turn everything off in your house/apartment and use a bicycle from now on for all your travels. Then come back here oh wait, use a solar/wind/water powered computer to come back here and complain. Until then all you idiot liberals, STFU, the earth/giant rock that was here a long time before people, will be here a long time afterwards. Only elitist narcissitic democrats with god-complexes believe people are that powerful or important to influence the universe or planet. Energy is and always will be necessary, be proud of coal and get over yourselves, your not that special.

  60. bung
    5:06 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I want a Whiskey Lodge for the out of town fans.

  61. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    5:07 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Finally, the pretty/ugly judgment of the human ego.

    How many people look the other way at the dog pound if the ugly puppies are to die because of lack of funding. Yet people do all they can to ensure the pretty ones are to be saved.

    The unwritten story of the ugly puppy. It’s not like it didn’t exist, but our ego’s make sure it disappears.

    How is that much different from burning a lump in the ground vs. a tree for electricity? The tree provides oxygen, we must save it. OK, then what does the coal provide? It provides electricity. But what about the tree’s your tearing down to get the lump in the ground? What about the clean air?

    Yea??? What about the 8 billion people and growing who need electricity to survive?

    Balance is the key, and to “hug a tree” and not “hug the lump” is an ego justification of pretty over ugly. I say celebrate the lump! Like the resource that is has been and for the historically conscious the incredible gains our civilization has achieved because of it.

  62. bung
    5:08 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Coal, Whiskey, Tobacco, Horses, Basketball…….thats who we are.

  63. lousyvilleCat
    5:11 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    it heats your home, it cools your home, it keeps you in light instead of using a candle. all you poisoned students with your lib profs go plant a tree and then sit under it and purge your mind of the agenda. i saw what the university in bowling green,kentucky was trying to feed me years ago…… didnt work. GO COAL, and thank you mr. craft.

  64. serdi
    5:11 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I went to UK with Joe Craft. He went to undergrad and Law School at UK. There is no one who loves UK or the basketball program anymore that Joe Craft. If I had made as much money in my career that I could donate millions back to UK, I would too. To the naysayers, get over it.

  65. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    5:11 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    “HUG THE LUMP!” (My new campaign as I begin my run for University of Kentucky President)

  66. TNMomma
    5:12 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t see how it could help recruiting. I would think most of the recruits (especially those from urban areas) are going to think it’s completely redneck. I’m not sure why the lobby has to have any kind of museum, but if so, make it a shrine to Cats that have gone to the NBA – that would be better for recruiting.

  67. Just saying
    5:15 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    the real question is ….when are they actually going to break ground on this thing???????

  68. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    5:16 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #67 – Just saying – What happens when they do and Texas Tea bubbles from the ground? Jed Clampett might be in for a rude awakening.

    Hug The Lump!

  69. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    5:23 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    “Wildcat Hug The Lump Lodge” – consider it coined! 🙂

  70. Andy P.
    5:25 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I didn’t bother to read all these comments, so forgive me if this has been mentioned, but the fireplace in the Joe B Hall Wildcat Lodge is faced with coal. It’s beautiful. Built in the 1970’s at a cost of 800K and 90% of the funds came from the coal industry.

  71. OneAndDone
    5:32 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    70) exactly what I was going to say. And BTI, you obviously don’t know anything about Joe Craft and what you call his wish to “pimp the coal industry”. The man has nothing but love for the program and the University….hence the Joe Craft center. The industry he represents is under attack and there is nothing wrong with him showing pride in an industry that carries much of this state. I won’t even get into the coal severance tax dollars that ALL Kentuckians benefit from..

  72. Jarrod Polson Fan Club
    5:38 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Few of us will likely ever go there and it will probably never get any kind of media attention outside of the Kernel.

    Realize that this means it doesn’t reflect poorly on anyone outside of those who walk by it every day… but most of us UK students don’t care about coal.

    My family IS the coal industry and I believe it’s dirty and mountaintop removal is a terrible thing… but look at it this way:
    More money out of Craft’s pocket, less money the University has to spend. Little to no promotion of the dirty black monster.

  73. ChevyVolt
    6:05 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Quick! I need a place to plug into.
    Throw another shovel-full on the fire!

  74. enes
    6:08 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The original enes says: They can call it the s**t house as far as I care, as long as it helps recruiting. Beware the fake enes!

  75. WRT
    6:16 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    48) no the notion that coal is BAD is the hoax. Mining practices have improved dramatically as well moron. And they will continue to improve for safety and to avoid problems with the land when mining is complete. Obviously you know nothing about coal, just what Al Gore washes your brain with.

    By the way, water has mined through rock for as long as the earth existed. We can learn from this and use it to create new practices.

    Also I think you activists should take your signs and protest the volcanoes. When a volcano erupts it spews more CO2, Nox, Sox and all kind of ash into the atmosphere than coal ever will. The earth seems to be fine from that but don’t tell one of the geniuses that who call themselves an environmentalist.

  76. HomeJersey
    6:23 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #4-NAIL’d it!

  77. TonyDelk00
    6:26 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    This is not an issue…shut up BTI. Douche.

  78. ksrfan
    6:28 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m all for producing energy using all the smartest ways we can. We don’t have enough wind around here for windmills and solar is too expensive. We need to use what makes sense. Why don’t people see how politicians use “global warming” as a vehicle to advance their agenda? Yea, sure a lot of people profit from oil and coal. That’s not a secret. But, what does seem to be a secret is how much people like Al Gore profit from making everyone think they are destroying the Earth.

  79. Tomcat
    7:32 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The issue that is controversial within the coal industry, is not mining itself, but the practice of Mountain Top Removal. People with a vested interest in the coal industry frame the debate to make it seem like if you’re against Mountain Top Removal, then you’re against the coal industry as a whole. The fact that we need coal to produce at least 50% of our countries energy is not lost on those who oppose Mountain Top Removal as (full disclosure) I do. We just think we owe it to oursel es to move toward cleaner, energy alternatives. We understand that we are still a ways off from having the ability, resources, and infratructure in place to move to energy alternatives and that coal is what we have at present. Lets continue to mine coal, but lets do it in a way that won’tcompromise our environment and cut jobs (strip mining negates the need to hire as many people as a normal operation would), and lets not be closed minded to energy alternatives when they become reality and sustainable in the future.

    8:41 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Either way on the coal issue….the name on that building will be stuuuuuupid. How about the Rupp Coal arena? Commonwealth Coal Stadium?

  81. BlueFins
    9:33 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Does any of these Coal companies that are donating the money have a name? Or are they just called the Coal Coal Company? I’m proud to be a Kentuckian and UK fan, but putting Coal in the name is a bit much. I’m sure the Sports Junkies would just love the fact that we would name a dorm after a non-renewable energy source. Do you suppose the folks in DC would include “High Crime” or “Likes to tap foot in bathroom stalls” in the name of a dorm.

  82. UK College of Alcohol
    9:47 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Craft is the CEO of Alliance Coal, LLP. He is a great guy, well respected, true businessman, and has a lot of pull. I don’t see anything wrong with this. My whole family has worked in the coal industry and I’m in college to become a dentist, and hopefully give back to the coal families with my services. COAL, CATS, CALIPARI!

  83. Coal is never clean
    10:06 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    75. Improvements? You mean mining practices like disabling those methane detectors at Upper Big Branch mine? Those were “improvements” to Don Blankenship, yet that cost 29 miners their lives. I bet he has no problem sleeping at night, even though he should. You probably don’t either.

    I’d like to know when, in your mind, does coal become too expensive for Kentuckians? Your industry has polluted the groundwater, poisoning people and streams, causing cancer — there are 23 extra deaths due to cancer for every 100,000 in coal mining counties in Appalachia compared to the rest of the nation. Coal may have made you a pretty penny but just you know it was on the backs of miners, who were forced into mining in the first place by the coal industry running other business options out, and their families, and exploitation of the environment. Now mining jobs have dropped to their lowest level since 1900. Massive unemployment caused by coal. The quicker we get beyond your dying industry the better.

  84. hoss cat
    10:16 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink



  85. TheLossDoesn'tCount
    10:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Coal is the best energy source on earth. You should be proud of the miners and producers who bring it to market.

  86. coldspringmike
    11:09 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #60-thinking same thing, how about Wild Turkey Lodge ?

  87. SEC
    11:19 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Just name it ” The Joe Craft Wildcat Coal Basketball Coal Players Football Can Go To Hell Coal Tree Huggers Can Kiss My Ass Coal Lodge”

    and be done with it.

  88. coolhandluke
    5:01 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good lord people would you all quit ragging on coal…God put coal here to burn… Why even write the article if you don’t care one way or the other…The State of KY is nothing without coal.

  89. bung
    8:24 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Joe Craft for Pres of UK and for AD.

  90. lol
    8:26 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    66 – how will it help recruiting? it’s an $8 million facility.
    84 – has no clue. Everything you hear on TV or read in the newspaper is fact, right?

    GO CATS!

  91. Norm
    8:40 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Thinking that this is truly a stupid idea doesn’t make you anti-coal. I support coal, yet I think the idea of a coal exhibit in the lobby(and naming it the Coal Lodge) is just about the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard.

    How many recruits will say “WTF is this” when they walk in? And if only the players and other select few who have access to the lodge will see it, then why even have it to begin with? To give guys Terrence Jones and Mike Gilchrist a newly found appreciation for the coal industry?

  92. LateNews
    9:49 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Way to post this a week after everyone else.

  93. Plain Truth
    1:01 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    We can solve this whole problem, everyone get on your computers made from petroleum based plastics, and powered by coal fired electricity, and email Frankfort. Please request that tomorrow 02/15/2012 that they change all the electric power over to windmills and solar batteries, for the U.K. campus and Rupp Arena. Please do not believe what professionals say that this will take years to accomplish, just have them throw that big switch in the Governors office and come back on here tomorrow night and discuss the game using renewable power

  94. Stickman
    10:08 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Seneca Says:
    February 13th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    Coal actually costs the state budget more than the revenue it produces. All the Kentucky Tea Partiers should take note. It’s an interesting fact.

    Jane you ignorant slut. You truly know next to nothing about the coal industry if you think it’s only supported by the Tea Party.

    Guess what party Paul Patton belongs to? Guess how he made his money? Guess what candidates the UMWA consistently supports? Guess what party 95% of the men bleonged to who worked for my dad at his coal company?

    Boom, headshot.

  95. Stickman
    10:16 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    #84 has probably never been east of I-75. Those of us who grew up in the mountains realize that while mountaintop removal is an ugly thing, lots of men have been proud to be miners. Coal is as much a part of our heritage as tobacco or bourbon, and definitely more so than horses.

  96. WRT
    10:15 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    WRT stands for Waste Reduction Technologies. I’m not in the coal business. I’m in the industrial recycling business. You pull out all the negative shat you could find there. I’m in no way defending the practices of aholes like the one you refer to.
    I’m simply saying that bashing coal as a problem does not lead to a solution. People like you who have their minds closed off are the problem not the solution. We need to use coal and do it in an environmentally healthy way. THAT IS POSSIBLE. but it takes enginuity and people with a realistic vision of our future. Not close minded crybabies such as yourself.

    For all you fake environmentalists I have a suggesting. You want to save a tree then wipe your ass with a spotted owl.