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Lindenwood University makes no apologies for striped football turf panned by sports columnist

In this Thursday, July 12, 2012 photo, construction is nearly complete on the artificial turf of the football field at Lindenwood University's Belleville, Ill., campus. The university is making its leap into college football this fall and has tackled how to make its program instantly unique with thr new turf of alternating maroon and gray stripes that's drawing some ridicule. The Lynx's new field is part of a $2.3 million stadium renovation and makes the NAIA program among just a few college football schools nationwide with turf that's a departure from the traditional green. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Tim Vizer)
July 13, 2012 - 11:52 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - Lindenwood University has found a way to make its first season with a college football team unique: The football field at the campus in Belleville, Ill., has alternating maroon and grey stripes that are drawing some ridicule.

The Lynx's new field is part of a $2.3 million stadium renovation. It makes the NAIA program one of the few programs with turf that isn't green.

A Yahoo! Sports columnist this week panned the colours, likening them to a flattened-out barber pole and calling them "an abomination to the game."

The campus' vice-president, Jerry Bladdick, says he finds the criticism amusing and calls the new field "our way of coming into our own."

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