John Paul Jones says “the Jack” is fine by him
As the Hook reported this week, UVA athletics officials have told members of the media to stop referring to the new John Paul Jones Arena as "the Jack" in part because, according to UVA spokeswoman Carol Wood, "There was some concern about whether or not it was respectable enough for the person for whom it was named."
Well now UVA officials can rest easy on that issue because "the Jack" now has the approval of "Jack" himself. In speaking with the Hook this morning, John Paul Jones said of the nickname, "I think it's very accurate because Jack's a nickname for John, right? I'm called Jack by most of my friends. President John F. Kennedy was called Jack, right? So I think it's fine."
Asked about if he shared UVA's concern over whether "the Jack" was "respectable," the 1948 UVA law alum said, "No. It's just an extension of a true actuality because most of my friends call me Jack. So I don't think it's irreverent."
And not only is Jones happy with "the Jack," it would appear that UVA president John Casteen is a fan as well. In a July 11 e-mail inviting the entire University community to the arena's open house, Casteen wrote, "I hope you will be able to stop by for this special insider's view of 'the Jack.'"
For his part, UVA athletic director Craig Littlepage wouldn't comment on "the Jack" this morning, saying only, "I would prefer that it be referred to as the John Paul Jones Arena."