Thursday, April 21, 2011

Metro Trustees Back Down After Coombe Threat

(above) Bob "Bad Ass" Coombe, seen here in his battle garb, gave the Metro State Trustees a taste of DU's vaunted legal team this week
by Karen Auge

Metropolitan State College of Denver trustees today voted to postpone plans to rename the school Denver State University.

The unanimous vote came in response to claims by the University of Denver that the switch could create confusion and muddy the private school's long-standing brand identity.

Legislation that would have allowed Metro and Mesa State in Grand Junction to change their names was to be introduced by Sen. Michael Johnston next week. The trustees have decided to delay that introduction until the 2012 legislative session [read entire article].

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

like I said, game over metro

thanks for playing

dggoddard said...

Now lets use some of this new found mojo and get our hockey coach a new ten year contract, Boone reinstated as official mascot, lower tuition for our great students and form the Super 6 or 8 conference.

Anonymous said...

Are you serious??? We'll see how this plays out, but I am surprised that things changed so quickly.

dggoddard said...

Metro is postponing the name change for a year and proposing some weak-assed legislation saying "Metro students and alumni are great."

I haven't seen that much backpedaling since the Iraqi Minister of Defense was defending Saddam during the invasion.

dggoddard said...

Pretty embarrassing for Metro State to have this fiasco splashed all over the front page of the Denver Post.

Aluuum said...

There are many well placed private,legal and political professionals spread thruout Colorado. They would not think kindly to this move and some probably already have expressed their concern. Poor planning by Metro. They should have anticipated this opposition.

By the way, Coombe has an uzi under that robe -- to be used only if all else failed.

miller said...

Ok Coombe is on a roll. He should now restore Boone to his rightful place as DU's official mascot. If he does that, we can put him back on our Christmas card list.

du78 said...

That is really DG with Coombes' head superimposed on his body ;-)

DU/CC Dad said...

Miller +1

Anonymous said...

Mess with the bull and you get the horns.

Metro should have known better.

Anonymous said...

http://www.mscd.edu/trustees/meetings/20102011/Action%20Item%20with%20Attachments%20A-G.pdf

Some of the correspondence between DU and Metro

dggoddard said...

Thanks for the heads up on the correspondence. You have to love the Freedom of Information Act as it pertains to public universities and colleges.

Anonymous said...

The former Speaker of the House is now a Trustee for Metro. They weren't going to use his influence because he just joined the board last month. Now that this will be pushed to 2012, it should have no problem passing legislation with him being a huge backer of the bill.

Anonymous said...

Metro can try to pass it and may do so, but DU has some deep pockets and will litigate this in the courts, and it will Metro them a ton of money in legal fees and distractions. DU also has its friends in the legislature, too.

I think Metro will find a different name rather than go through all that.

ScottA said...

Coombe finally does something intelligent. Now if could just find a new wardrobe consultant.

dggoddard said...

Denver Post editorial questions the wisdom of Metro's name change.

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_17910902