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UCLA Very Unhappy About Auction Of Pauley Court

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero says the school is “extremely disappointed” that the original round center section of basketball court at Pauley Pavilion is to be auctioned.

The 12-foot jump circle was used from 1965-82 by the men’s teams that won eight national championships and the women’s team that won the 1978 national title.

Guerrero said Wednesday the school learned about the online auction a day earlier.

He says the school has tried for more than 10 years to reacquire the center circle from the current owner, a UCLA alum, and that it had a donor ready to contribute to a charity of the owner’s choice.

SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel says the alum wishes to remain anonymous. Online bidding runs April 15-30. It says “a large portion” of the proceeds will be donated to funding medical research.

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