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Pittsburgh basketball coach Jamie Dixon said that he and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim yesterday during the ACC basketball coaches meetings "made their pitch for the league to move its tournament to New York," according to Sam Werner of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. But Dixon admitted that "it would be difficult to overcome the tournament's Tobacco Road roots." The ACC Tournament traditionally has been in Greensboro, N.C., and "never has been held north of the Mason-Dixon line." Dixon said, "Obviously, coach Boeheim and I are excited about New York, but I also know that Greensboro has a strong, strong presence here at these meetings. I think (Madison Square Garden) would be the best thing for the conference. I hope that's the way they're headed, but I don't know that it is." Werner notes one item that "apparently has been ruled out is having New York City as part of a rotation with other cities, including Greensboro." Dixon said that both MSG and Barclays Center "would require long-term commitments." He added, "They've got to lock in an event on an annual basis. They can't open it up for five days once every five years or something." Dixon also said that his "bid to have Pittsburgh as host of the tournament, at least occasionally, was shot down" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/15). FSU coach Leonard Hamilton believes the ACC "needs to be aggressive when it comes to marketing" the tournament. Hamilton: "It’s been successful in Greensboro for a number of years. But with the footprint changing … there are some opportunities that I think everyone needs to explore. I think there are some venues that will be exploring the ACC, and I think it’s only right for us to explore other possibilities as well" (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 5/15).
In a "stunning reversal of his first major decision as University of Hawaii athletic director, Ben Jay has changed course and will name all of Manoa's men's athletic teams Rainbow Warriors," according to Reardon & McInnis of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. Jay became UH AD in January. In February, he announced that "all UH men's teams would be named Warriors, dropping Rainbows from those that still had it part of their name." Since '00, some had "been named Rainbows, some Warriors and some Rainbow Warriors." Jay said, "The only clear consensus on this topic over the last 13 years has been that a decision needed to be made to unify our men's teams under one nickname. That goal will still be accomplished as we retain the Rainbow and Warriors names, both of which are near and dear to the hearts of our fans, whom we represent." Jay in February said that the "various names caused confusion and a single name was needed for marketing and branding purposes." The women's teams "will remain Rainbow Wahine, as Jay originally decided." The football team had been "unofficially referred to as Rainbow Warriors prior to 2000, when football coach June Jones led a successful effort to officially change the name to just Warriors." Coaches were "allowed to choose the names of their teams, and volleyball, golf and tennis switched to Warriors, basketball and swimming and diving went to Rainbow Warriors and baseball remained Rainbows" (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 5/15). Jay at a news conference said that there are "no significant cost differences from the original plan with the football team changing" (AP, 5/14). CBSSPORTS.com's Jerry Hinnen wrote, "With the 'rainbow' restored to the nickname, the next question for the football team becomes: will it abandon the black-and-green uniform motif associated with the 'Warriors' name and return to the bright-green-and-multicolored look from the decades prior?" (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/14).