A few years ago an adjunct professor of law got in a snit about the legendary pink locker rooms at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, installed by Hayden Fry. She is still seeing red over pink. (The Wizard of Odds is Pretty in Pink too)
Seems when Iowa remodel Kinnick stadium, the AD kept the pink: pink alls, pink showers, pink potties. How dainty. Perhaps this decreases testosterone levels. (From the Daily Iowan)
The athletic department followed up those protestations with an $86.8 million renovation that included a new and improved locker room: Instead of just pink walls, the facility now has pink metal lockers, carpeting, sinks, showers, and urinals. Sorry, not pink, "dusty rose."
Further incensed, the law professor is starting up her campaign once again, the Daily Iowan reports, and is planning to file a Title IX complaint against the school. "I want the locker room gone."
Pink sometimes works it if is the right shade, and sometimes pink makes Floyd more angry. Color Matters has this to say:
Can pink make strong men weak? Do pink jail cells create a calming effect? Is it true that football locker rooms (the ones for the visiting/opposing teams) are painted a certain shade of pink to weaken the players?
Yes and no! Here are the facts and some opinions...
...Prisoners did respond and calmed down, as hoped, initially. Major goof: If they hung around too long, they became even more violent. Why? The reasons are so very very clear
So the pink may have a paradoxical effect. Perhaps that is why with a bowl bid on the line Iowa (6-6) lost at home to a 3-7 MAC team, Western Michigan. Pink was not the link that time.
Color Matters also reports:
In summary: The status of pink football locker rooms today
University of Hawaii associate head coach George Lumkin was a member of the 1991 staff that saw visitor locker rooms at Iowa and Colorado State painted pink in the belief that the color made players passive. Now the WAC has a rule that a visiting team's locker room can not be painted a different color than the home team's. In other words, it can be pink, black or any color of the rainbow, as long as both locker rooms are the same color.