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Facility to be named for McGuire

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000


MILWAUKEE -- Marquette's new athletic facility will be named for Al McGuire, the Hall of Fame coach who led the men's basketball team to an NCAA championship, an NIT title and 295 victories in 13 seasons, the school announced Monday.

The university also announced a $2-million challenge gift from longtime supporters James H. and Virginia Wheeler toward the construction of the new facility, bringing the total raised to $9-million.

Details of the new facility remain to be worked out, including where it will be located and the final cost.

"I am very honored that the university asked me to do this," McGuire said in a prepared statement. "I feel like this is a way for me to give something back to Marquette and make a contribution to the future of Marquette athletics, and I look forward to taking the first shot."

McGuire, 72, was hospitalized in July with an unspecified illness, but Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly reported last month that the former coach has leukemia.

FLORIDA: Junior Abby Wambach was named SEC soccer player of the week. Wambach scored four goals in victories at Mississippi State and Mississippi. In the Ole Miss game, she scored 19 seconds into the game, the fastest goal in UF history.

RUTGERS: Geoff Billet, the school's all-time leader in three-pointers, is rejoining the basketball program as an assistant coach. Billet's brother Todd is the starting point guard.

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