SAN JOSE -- New conference, new coaches, new floor. That's the story for San Jose State's basketball programs.
The school recently revealed a new basketball court at the on-campus Event Center. The most prominent features are five large Spartans that extend along the sideline from one 3-point line to the other. There's also a large Spartan head logo near midcourt and Mountain West Conference logos.
Pictures of the court were released last week but on Wednesday were picked up by several national websites. Most reviews seemed to think the design was a little over the top, but folks at San Jose State have to be happy to be receiving the attention -- good or bad.
New men's basketball coach Dave Wojcik is among the fans of the court.
"I love it. Love it. Love it," he said at the Mountain West's basketball media days in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, according to the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune. "Our guys love it. They're like, 'Coach, we can't lose on that floor.' "
It was installed by USI Flooring, based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and production took just over three months. The first game on the court is an Oct. 29 women's exhibition contest against William Jessup, the Spartans' first game under new coach Jamie Craighead.
The court's idea was a top-to-bottom decision in the SJSU athletic department that's led by athletic director Gene Bleymaier, already known for outside-the-box thinking. He was at Boise State when it installed blue turf on its football field.
"Everybody thought he was nuts for the blue turf," Wojcik told the Casper Star-Tribune. "And you wouldn't believe that people would just drive up and say, 'Hey, can we get a picture of the blue turf?' It's a football field! It's just blue! It was like one of the eight wonders of the world."
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