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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:52 pm    ::: SC Plans Statue of A'ja Wilson Reply Reply with quote

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Basketball star A'ja Wilson is getting a statue at South Carolina.

University President Harris Pastides closed graduation ceremonies Saturday by announcing the school plans to build a statue of the national player of the year.

The project must be approved by the school's board of trustees.


http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/23482425/south-carolina-plans-statue-former-hoops-star-aja-wilson

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this.

How many other college athletes have statues of them on campus? She's a great player, but this seems a little much.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 7:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A bit much...but whatever floats their boat.



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PostPosted: 05/13/18 1:26 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If that’s the case, then perhaps UConn should erect statues of some of their star players (Lobo, Taurasi, Bird, Cash, Dolson, Moore, among others), as well as Coach Geno! Rolling Eyes



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PostPosted: 05/13/18 4:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

An article or announcement of this sort is normally published on the first day of April on some Clemson sports forum. SMH.



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PostPosted: 05/13/18 6:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Rather than just honoring their school's greatest WBB player, is this more an attempt to bolster the program's prominence, gain publicity, and aid recruiting?


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PostPosted: 05/13/18 6:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Unlike some schools, South Carolina doesn't have a bunch of national championships. The WCBB one from 2017 was only the 4th in school history (two in men's baseball and one in women's outdoor track & field).

The only other SC athlete with a statue on campus is George Rogers, a football player. He thinks Wilson is deserving of a statue:

http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-womens-basketball/article207616399.html

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Rogers thinks so.

“To me,” he said, “she's probably the best athlete to ever come through South Carolina.”



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PostPosted: 05/13/18 10:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Seems a bit much, but since this doesn't actually affect my life in any way, I have a hard time working up much in the way of Internet Outrage over it..
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PostPosted: 05/13/18 10:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Why should this bother or offend anyone, especially on a site devoted to female basketball players?

As pilight has pointed out, Wilson was perhaps SCar's most successful athlete, and a local palmetto gal to boot.

Springfield College has a statue of James Naismith.

Notre Dame has a statue outside its basketball stadium of former athletic director Edward "Moose" Krause smoking a cigar. Elsewhere, they have statues of Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz, Mary and Jesus.

Outside its basketball arena UConn has a statue of a dog named Jonathan.

Georgetown may have a statue of a Hoya, draped in mystery.
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PostPosted: 05/13/18 7:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Why should this bother or offend anyone, especially on a site devoted to female basketball players?

As pilight has pointed out, Wilson was perhaps SCar's most successful athlete, and a local palmetto gal to boot.

Springfield College has a statue of James Naismith.

Notre Dame has a statue outside its basketball stadium of former athletic director Edward "Moose" Krause smoking a cigar. Elsewhere, they have statues of Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz, Mary and Jesus.

Outside its basketball arena UConn has a statue of a dog named Jonathan.

Georgetown may have a statue of a Hoya, draped in mystery.



Not quite the same.



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PostPosted: 05/13/18 10:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
Why should this bother or offend anyone, especially on a site devoted to female basketball players?

As pilight has pointed out, Wilson was perhaps SCar's most successful athlete, and a local palmetto gal to boot.

Springfield College has a statue of James Naismith.

Notre Dame has a statue outside its basketball stadium of former athletic director Edward "Moose" Krause smoking a cigar. Elsewhere, they have statues of Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz, Mary and Jesus.

Outside its basketball arena UConn has a statue of a dog named Jonathan.

Georgetown may have a statue of a Hoya, draped in mystery.



HELLO!!!!

To me the fact that South Carolina, a state not exactly known for its commitment to diversity, will have a statue of an African-American female basketball player on the grounds of its flagship state university is much bigger than basketball. Anyone that can't see that, is as much as I hate to use the term " a hater" plain and simple.


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PostPosted: 05/13/18 10:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
Why should this bother or offend anyone, especially on a site devoted to female basketball players?

As pilight has pointed out, Wilson was perhaps SCar's most successful athlete, and a local palmetto gal to boot.


Amen.

This should be something to be thrilled about. In what world is this a bad thing?



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 8:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I didn't see where anyone was outraged, bothered, offended, hating, or anything of the sort.

What did I miss?



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 10:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I didn't see where anyone was outraged, bothered, offended, hating, or anything of the sort.

What did I miss?



Read some of the first few posts .



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 10:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Ex-Ref wrote:
I didn't see where anyone was outraged, bothered, offended, hating, or anything of the sort.

What did I miss?



Read some of the first few posts .


I have. All I'm seeing is what appears to be people thinking that it 'is a little odd, but whatever.'



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 12:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It also sort of implies that SC doesn't think they will ever have another NC or NPOY ever again. Sort of silly if you ask me.


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PostPosted: 05/14/18 12:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

willtalk wrote:
It also sort of implies that SC doesn't think they will ever have another NC or NPOY ever again. Sort of silly if you ask me.


Having a statue of your first doesn't seem that odd. A Lobo statue would be appropriate for UConn.



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 1:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
willtalk wrote:
It also sort of implies that SC doesn't think they will ever have another NC or NPOY ever again. Sort of silly if you ask me.


Having a statue of your first doesn't seem that odd. A Lobo statue would be appropriate for UConn.



Lol. Laughing

No! Mad

I'm not offended at all. I think it's idiotic (and would feel the same way if UConn did such a thing.)

ETA: Even if it was a statute of my ALL-TIME favorite Huskie, Moriah Jefferson.



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 1:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There are thousands (a million?) of statues spread throughout the United States. Of those many monuments, the majority were erected to honor white men. Personally, I celebrate the effort to erect any statues that celebrate women and people of color. With all of the controversy surrounding the removal of statues, especially in the South, I find it odd that this move is not celebrated more widely.


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There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.



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PostPosted: 05/14/18 2:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
willtalk wrote:
It also sort of implies that SC doesn't think they will ever have another NC or NPOY ever again. Sort of silly if you ask me.


Having a statue of your first doesn't seem that odd. A Lobo statue would be appropriate for UConn.


But what about Kerry Bascom? Wink


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WNBA 09 wrote:
There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.


Was it erected right after she graduated or years later? Part of the puzzlement here I think is because it's so soon. Generally people get statues long after their accomplishments have happened.


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CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.


Was it erected right after she graduated or years later? Part of the puzzlement here I think is because it's so soon. Generally people get statues long after their accomplishments have happened.


Would it be this big of a deal if they waited a few years ? If anything the moment would lose its prestige after Wilson has graduated 5 years down the road. I like the idea of doing it the same year she graduates as an appreciation to a player who changed the landscape for that program. Lord knows they most likely will never reach those heights again . Embarassed



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 12:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.


Was it erected right after she graduated or years later? Part of the puzzlement here I think is because it's so soon. Generally people get statues long after their accomplishments have happened.


Would it be this big of a deal if they waited a few years ? If anything the moment would lose its prestige after Wilson has graduated 5 years down the road. I like the idea of doing it the same year she graduates as an appreciation to a player who changed the landscape for that program. Lord knows they most likely will never reach those heights again . Embarassed


Most of the time schools will honor a player by retiring their number or inducting them into a "Ring of Honor" or something like that. I don't think anyone here would bat an eye at one of those things being done.

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


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CBiebel wrote:

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Statues are fairly common for coaches (Notre Dame has at least four such statues on campus). Players are less common. The vast majority are of football players; like this one:




There are a few statues of women coaches. Summitt and Conradt, for example. Statues of women athletes are virtually unheard of.



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Which horse is Moaning Muffet?


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If they start putting up statues for POY and NC, schools could use that as recruiting tools. Become POY and win a NC and we will put up a stature of you. If Uconn did that they could fill a garden with numbers that would soon rival the terracotta warriors in China.


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 1:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
CBiebel wrote:

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Statues are fairly common for coaches (Notre Dame has at least four such statues on campus). Players are less common. The vast majority are of football players; like this one:


There are a few statues of women coaches. Summitt and Conradt, for example. Statues of women athletes are virtually unheard of.


In all fairness, all four horses are mares.



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 10:35 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So Mary Murphy finally made it.


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pilight wrote:
CBiebel wrote:

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Statues are fairly common for coaches (Notre Dame has at least four such statues on campus). Players are less common. The vast majority are of football players; like this one:




There are a few statues of women coaches. Summitt and Conradt, for example. Statues of women athletes are virtually unheard of.


And technically, one of those 4 players also ended up being a ND coach. Wink

The Four Horsemen are a case of "an exception that proves the rule." In order for players (even Football players) to get statues, they have to get into "Legendary" status (The Four Horsemen are immortalized in the famous Grantland Rice story that starts with "Outlined against a Blue Grey October sky...").

Also, all the statues mentioned here that are on ND campus are very recent (I'd say the last 10 years or so). I think they started putting them around the stadium after the last expansion. When I was at school the only statues on campus I can remember were Jesus, Mary, Moses, Fr. Sorin (Founder of the school) and Fr. Corby (Former ND president who was a chaplain in the Civil War. The statue is a replica of one on the Gettysburg battlefield), and Dr. Tom Dooley (a ND alumnus who founded a whole bunch of hospitals in southeast Asia back before most Americans had heard of Cambodia or Vietnam). Rockne had a bust in the Rockne Memorial.

FWIW, ND does have a statue of a woman on it's campus and even covers it in gold... Wink


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CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.


Was it erected right after she graduated or years later? Part of the puzzlement here I think is because it's so soon. Generally people get statues long after their accomplishments have happened.


Would it be this big of a deal if they waited a few years ? If anything the moment would lose its prestige after Wilson has graduated 5 years down the road. I like the idea of doing it the same year she graduates as an appreciation to a player who changed the landscape for that program. Lord knows they most likely will never reach those heights again . Embarassed


Most of the time schools will honor a player by retiring their number or inducting them into a "Ring of Honor" or something like that. I don't think anyone here would bat an eye at one of those things being done.

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Is a statue being planned right after a player's graduation any different than allowing an injured player to make a basket to set a scoring record?

Not trying to be snarky, but just pointing out there are different ways to honor certain players whose accomplishments transcend their respective universities.


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CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.


Was it erected right after she graduated or years later? Part of the puzzlement here I think is because it's so soon. Generally people get statues long after their accomplishments have happened.


Would it be this big of a deal if they waited a few years ? If anything the moment would lose its prestige after Wilson has graduated 5 years down the road. I like the idea of doing it the same year she graduates as an appreciation to a player who changed the landscape for that program. Lord knows they most likely will never reach those heights again . Embarassed


Most of the time schools will honor a player by retiring their number or inducting them into a "Ring of Honor" or something like that. I don't think anyone here would bat an eye at one of those things being done.

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Is a statue being planned right after a player's graduation any different than allowing an injured player to make a basket to set a scoring record?

Not trying to be snarky, but just pointing out there are different ways to honor certain players whose accomplishments transcend their respective universities.


Only if the school set up a video monitor in the lobby of their arena replaying that shot 24/7/365.

(And from memory that moment in time is always resurrected in full snark)


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Is a statue being planned right after a player's graduation any different than allowing an injured player to make a basket to set a scoring record?



Well, the statue is a bit more permanent... Wink

BTW, I remember a few years back when NC St was retiring their old arena their last game was against ND, and they had a senior (Krystal Barrett ) who was injured but who was big for their program. ND was up 10 points and with 24 seconds left NC St. subbed in Barrett, and ND left her completely open so that her 3 point shot would be the last shot in that arena.


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CamrnCrz1974 wrote:
CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
CBiebel wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
There's a statue of Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock and she only won 1 Title , so i dont see whats so weird about Aja Wilson having hers.


Was it erected right after she graduated or years later? Part of the puzzlement here I think is because it's so soon. Generally people get statues long after their accomplishments have happened.


Would it be this big of a deal if they waited a few years ? If anything the moment would lose its prestige after Wilson has graduated 5 years down the road. I like the idea of doing it the same year she graduates as an appreciation to a player who changed the landscape for that program. Lord knows they most likely will never reach those heights again . Embarassed


Most of the time schools will honor a player by retiring their number or inducting them into a "Ring of Honor" or something like that. I don't think anyone here would bat an eye at one of those things being done.

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Is a statue being planned right after a player's graduation any different than allowing an injured player to make a basket to set a scoring record?

Not trying to be snarky, but just pointing out there are different ways to honor certain players whose accomplishments transcend their respective universities.



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I was talking with a South Carolina booster this weekend. He's very excited at the prospect of a Wilson statue on campus.



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A recent issue of ESPN magazine has a really nice article on A'ja.



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taropatch wrote:
pilight wrote:
CBiebel wrote:

Statues are very rare, though, especially for players.


Statues are fairly common for coaches (Notre Dame has at least four such statues on campus). Players are less common. The vast majority are of football players; like this one:


There are a few statues of women coaches. Summitt and Conradt, for example. Statues of women athletes are virtually unheard of.


In all fairness, all four horses are mares.


I find it funny that all their ears are back...but then it looks like they used the same mold for most of the body parts and just slightly changed up a few.



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Why would anyone even be surprised about ND being granted immediate eligibility for Shepard. I mean considering the favoritism that was shown towards ND in years past. The advantage granted the "four horseman" was beyond unreasonable. It is no wonder they did so well being allowed to play the game mounted on horses.
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So I guess what we're saying is, if they want to put up statues for male collegiate athletes that's OK, because they've been doing that for years with little to no response on this site, but should a female collegiate athlete get a statue, then that is "a bit much"......


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PostPosted: 06/25/18 5:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wilson is probably top 4-5 all time in SEC women’s basketball, I think she’s deserving of this.
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PostPosted: 06/26/18 7:07 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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So I guess what we're saying is, if they want to put up statues for male collegiate athletes that's OK, because they've been doing that for years with little to no response on this site, but should a female collegiate athlete get a statue, then that is "a bit much"......


Dang, you couldn't find a pic of George Rogers . Don't know if it's been mentioned in this thread or not , but former Heisman trophy winner Rogers has a statue in front of the South Carolina football stadium .
I believe Aja's statue will be at the basketball arena , probably near Dawn Staley Way .


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