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John Wooden statue to be erected at renovated Pauley Pavilion

John WoodenJohn Wooden and Pauley Pavilion forever will be linked.

His UCLA basketball teams went 149-2 there. The basketball floor is named the "Nell and John Wooden Court" after the legendary coach and his wife.

His memorial service was held there in June 2010. His great-grandson, Tyler Trapani, even scored the final points at the arena before it closed for renovations after last season.

And when Pauley Pavilion reopens in 2012, Wooden certainly will be there in spirit -- and his image will be there in the form of a statue that will be situated on the new plaza on the building's north side along Bruin Walk, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced Tuesday in his weekly blog.

The statue will be sculpted by Blair Buswell, head sculptor for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"I, along with some of my staff, was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit his studio and see his initial maquettes [concepts] for the statue when the football team played at Utah last weekend," Guerrero wrote. "The studio contains life-size replicas of some of his outstanding work, including statues of Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Mantle and Merlin Olsen ... what an amazing place"

He added: "I cannot wait until we unveil the final product."

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Photos: John Wooden, 1910-2010

Graphic: A bigger Pauley Pavilion coming in 2012

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: John Wooden coaches at Pauley Pavilion. Credit: Los Angeles Times

UCLA basketball: Dan Guerrero reverses decision on student seating

Photo: UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero in 2007. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times UCLA students tallied the first victory of the new Pauley Pavilion era Tuesday when Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced they would continue to have sideline floor seating inside the renovated arena.

It was a come-from-behind triumph for the students, who in an advisory vote last week as part of undergraduate student elections overwhelmingly rejected the athletic department's plans to move all students behind one basket.

"This process reconfirms the tremendous passion that exists on campus surrounding our intercollegiate athletic events," Guerrero said in a statement.

Spokesman Marc Dellins estimated that approximately 900 students will have seating along the sideline and immediately behind one basket when Pauley Pavilion reopens for the 2012-13 season and an additional 800 to 900 students will have seating in the upper deck behind the same basket. Two mid-level sections behind the basket will be sold to the general public.

The sideline seats occupied by students could have commanded as much as $1,198 per seat plus a $3,200 donation to the athletic department.

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