The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has voted to remove Joe L. Reed's name from Acadome and to enshrined the names of two legendary coaches in the schools arena.
The motion stated "the ASU Acadome is hereby immediately and forever affectionately referred to as the "ASU Sting Dome".
University staffers moved immediately following the approval of the resolution to take away all references to Reed at the facility including removing the letters of his name and the commemorative markers both inside and outside the Dome.
The Acadome court will be named in honor of former head coach James V. Oliver, a 1996 alum who is the Hornet's second winningest basketball coach. From 1978-1995, Oliver was 291-191 - a run that featured back-to-back SWAC championships. His overall career record was 360-209. Off the court, Oliver served as mentor to his players, including current ASU head coach Lewis Jackson.
The arena's concourse will bear the name of C.J. Dunn, ASU's first and all-time winningest basketball coach.
Dunn coached at ASU from 1934-1963, and retired just short of 300 wins with a 298-209 record. Previously, Dunn's name was on the building that preceded the Acadome as the home of the Hornets basketball teams. In its heyday, C.J. Dunn arena was home to raucous, standing room only crowds and many of the most memorable wins in ASU history.
Statement from the Alabama State University Board of Trustees
Whereas, Joe L. Reed has completely and utterly destroyed any and all confidence in his commitment to positively represent the University and its legacy; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed continues to generate negative publicity for Alabama State University through media interviews and authoring article in news publication that are factually incorrect and unsubstantiated; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed has on several occasions in recent years abused the tax payers dollars with frivolous litigations costing the University thousands of dollars, and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed , through multiple court litigations in opposition to the ASU Board of Trustee's majority vote, and any matter he deems adverse to his will, continues to present a conflict of interest and opposition to basic democratic concepts such as majority rules and one- man-one vote; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed, through multiple court litigations in opposition to the ASU Board of Trustee's majority vote, has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of comprehension of, and lack of respect for Article V, Section ` of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees for Alabama State University, which regulates that "Action by the Board and by committees shall be taken by a majority of the quorum present,..."; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed violates the spirit of democracy by continuing to contest the majority vote when the majority's decision opposes his own; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed's lack of total vision has caused the University to miss many global opportunites; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed, through recent public and printed displays of negativity toward Alabama State University and the ASU Community at-large, has not only given negative connotation to his own name, but to the Alabama State University name as well; and
Whereas, the Board of Trustees, the exclusive governing board of Alabama State University, has deemed it detrimental for Alabama State University and for the facitily known as the Joe L. Reed Acadome, the Univeristy's premiere public revenue generating venue, to bear any name that conjures negative conotation; and
Whereas, Joe L. Reed never played basketball and never actively supported the ASU basketball program in any way or form, financial or otherwise;
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, that the name Joe L. Reed is hereby immediately and forever disassociated with and permanently removed from the structure now known the Joe L. Reed Acadome multipurpose academic and physical education complex located on the campus of Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, and that the name of the facility is hereby immediately and forever changed from the Joe L. Reed Acadome to the ASU Acadome.
Be it further resolved, that the floor of the ASU Acadome is hereby immediately and forever named the James V. Oliver Court, and that the main concourse of the ASU Acadome is hereby immediately and forever named the C.J. Dunn Concourse, in honor of those who have contributed positively to the spirit of Alabama State University; and
Be it further resolved, that for the purpose of promoting an outstanding basketball program, the ASU Acadome is hereby immediately and forever affectionately referred to as the "ASU Sting Dome".