The NCAA School Of Bland Design Strikes Again

So, I'm flipping through the channels to make sure every college basketball game at my disposal is marked as a favorite on my generic hard disk recorder, and I stumble upon ESPNU.

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There isn't any basketball on, but there is a women's volleyball regional final. But from where? It's not immediately obvious to me because of the bland floor.

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I look up at the top of the screen and ESPNU tells me that it's in Gainesville. As a proud alum of the University of Florida, the question "What happened to that beautiful orange and blue O'Dome floor?" is the first thing that pops into my mind.

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Then I think back to the basketball tournament last season, when it was a struggle to figure out where games were taking place because of the hideous black and blue generic floors the NCAA installed in most venues. You can add volleyball to the list. The NCAA's quest to make postseason sites neutral and boring has resulted in teal and black courts for that sport.

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I remember the days when small NCAA logos and (now phased out) seals were placed on courts, usually in the corners and in the old center court circle, out of the players' way, to signify that a game was part of March Madness.

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I next flip over to ESPN where an FCS semifinal is going on in Missoula, Montana, and I wonder when the NCAA will require teams to completely repaint their turf for those games.  

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I'll shut up now, as I really don't want to give them any more ideas.

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