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Introducing Kansas
By John Antonik
June 15, 2012 09:00 AM

It was another banner year for Kansas athletics. The Jayhawks made its 23rd consecutive NCAA tournament appearance (the longest active streak in the country) and reached the national championship game where they lost to Kentucky.

Kansas led its conference in average attendance for the 26th consecutive year dating back to its days in the Big Eight Conference. Since 1978, the Jayhawks have ranked among the NCAA’s top 10 in attendance 18 times and 31 times in the top 15.

Other impressive Kansas basketball streaks:

- Since 2005, Kansas has won eight straight Big 12 regular-season titles, the longest active streak in Division I.

- Kansas has sold out 180 consecutive games in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to 2002.

- Kansas as won at least 23 games every year since 1989.

- Each four-year senior in the Kansas program dating back to 1987 has won at least 100 games during their playing careers.

- Kansas has gone 243 games without consecutive losses, the longest streak in the nation.

- Kansas posted its 17th unbeaten season in Allen Fieldhouse in 2012, going 16-0. Kansas has gone unbeaten at home in four out of the last five years.

Kansas women’s basketball is also making major strides under the leadership of Bonnie Hendrickson, who once coached at Virginia Tech where she led the Hokies to five NCAA tournament appearances in seven seasons there. Hendrickson guided the Jayhawks to one of their best seasons in school history in 2012, Kansas going 21-13 and advancing to the NCAA tournament “Sweet 16” for the first time since 1998 and just the third time in program history.

Hendrickson will have nine letterwinners returning, including four starters, and will also welcome a strong recruiting class.

Kansas football looks to rebound under the new leadership of Coach Charlie Weis, who made a name for himself in the professional ranks as the offensive coordinator with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots before moving to the college level to coach at Notre Dame. We
The 2011 U.S. News & World Report ranked Kansas University 101st in the category "national universities."
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is was named national coach of the year in 2005 after leading Notre Dame to the Fiesta Bowl. The following season he got the Irish back to a BCS bowl in the Sugar Bowl. Weis is a 33-year coaching veteran, including a 16-year stint in the NFL.


Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Population: 88,000
Founded: 1865
Enrollment: 28,718
Nickname: Jayhawks
Colors: Crimson and Blue
President: Bernadette Gray-Little
Athletic Director: Sheahon Zenger
Website: http://www.kuathletic.com

2011 Football Record: 2-10
2011-12 Men’s Basketball: 32-7 (NCAA Finals)
2011-12 Women’s Basketball: 21-13 (NCAA Sweet 16)



Pro Football Hall of Fame: Mike McCormack, John Riggins and Gale Sayers

Kansas Bowl Game History
2008, Insight Bowl vs. Minnesota (W)
2008, Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech (W)
2005, Forth Worth Bowl vs. Houston (W)
2003, Tangerine Bowl vs. NC State (L)
1995, Alamo Bowl vs. UCLA (W)
1992, Aloha Bowl vs. BYU (W)
1981, All-American Bowl vs. Mississippi State (L)
1975, Sun Bowl vs. Pitt (L)
1973, Liberty Bowl vs. NC State (L)
1969, Orange Bowl vs. Penn State (L)
1961, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Rice (W)
1948, Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (L)

NFL First-Round Draft Picks
2008, Aqib Talib, CB (Tampa Bay)
1993, Dana Stubblefield, DT (San Francisco)
1981, David Verser, WR (Cincinnati)
1977, Mike Butler, DE (Green Bay)
1974, Done Goode, LB (San Diego)
1971, John Riggins, RB (New York Jets)
1965, Gale Sayers, RB (Chicago)
1944, Ray Evans, RB (Chicago)

Men’s Basketball:

Naismith Hall of Fame: Phog Allen, Larry Brown, John Bunn, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry Colangelo, Paul Endacott, Bill Johnson, Allen Kelley, Dutch Lonborg, Clyde Lovellette, John McLendon, Ralph Miller, James Naismith, Ernie Quigley, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith and Roy Williams

Kansas NCAA Tournament History
2012, NCAA Runner-up
2011, Elite Eight
2009, Sweet 16
2008, NCAA Champions
2007, Elite Eight
2004, Elite Eight
2003, NCAA Runner-up
2002, NCAA Final Four
2001, Sweet 16
1997, Sweet 16
1996, Elite Eight
1995, Sweet 16
1994, Sweet 16
1993, NCAA Final Four
1991, NCAA Runner-up
1988, NCAA Champions
1987, Sweet 16
1986, NCAA Final Four
1981, Sweet 16
1974, NCAA Final Four
1971, NCAA Final Four
1967, Sweet 16
1966, Sweet 16
1960, Sweet 16
1957, NCAA Runner-up
1953, NCAA Runner-up
1952, NCAA Champions
1942, Sweet 16
1940, NCAA Runner-up

NBA First-Round Draft Picks
2011, Markieff Morris (Phoenix)
2011, Marcus Morris (Houston)
2010, Cole Aldrich (New Orleans)
2010, Xavier Henry (Memphis)
2008, Brandon Rush (Portland)
2008, Darrell Arthur (New Orleans)
2007, Julian Wright (New Orleans)
2005, Wayne Simien (Miami)
2003, Kirk Hinrich (Chicago)
2003, Nick Coillison (Seattle)
2002, Drew Gooden (Memphis)
1998, Raef LaFrentz (Denver)
1998, Paul Pierce (Boston)
1997, Scot Pollard (Detroit)
1997, Jacque Vaughn (Utah)
1995, Greg Ostertag (Utah)
1993, Rex Walters (New Jersey)
1991, Mark Randall (Chicago)
1988, Danny Manning (LA Clippers) *
1981, Darnell Valentine (Portland)
1976, Norman Cook (Boston)
1972, Bud Stallworth (Seattle)
1969, Jo Jo White (Boston)
1966, Walt Wesley (Cincinnati)
1962, Wayne Hightower (Philadelphia)
1959, Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
1952, Clyde Lovellette (Milwaukee)

* No. 1 overall player selected

Women’s Basketball:

Naismith Hall of Fame: Lynette Woodard and Marian E. Washington

Kansas NCAA Tournament History
2012, Sweet 16
1998, Sweet 16
1996, Sweet 16

WNBA First-Round Draft Picks
2010, Danielle McCray (Connecticut)
2000, Lynn Pride (Portland)


Popular Attractions: Mass Street Business District, Allen Field House – Booth Hall of Athletics, Clinton Lake, Riverfront Park, Liberty Hall, Museum of Natural History, Spencer Museum of Art

Popular Restaurants: Free State Brewing Co., Johnny’s Tavern, Papa Keno’s Pizza, The Burger Stand at the Casbah, Henry T’s, La Parilla, Zen Zero, 23rd Street Brewery, Jefferson’s, Bigg’s BBQ, Salty Iguana, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Quinton’s, Teller’s, 715

Lodging: Oread Hotel, Quality Inn, Days Inn, Baymont Inns & Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn


Football: 1-0 (Last meeting 1941, WVU 21-0)
Men’s Basketball: First meeting
Women’s Basketball: 0-2 (Last meeting 1994, Kansas 84-64)


George Krebs holds the distinction of being part of the all-time football teams at Kansas and West Virginia University, although it took Kansas 35 years to discover that their George Creps was actually George Krebs of Charleston, W.Va. Krebs and Coach Fielding “Hurry Up” Yost once played together at WVU in 1895, and then during Yost’s brief stop at Kansas in 1899, he brought along Krebs because the talent there was so sparse. Since Kansas athletic director James Naismith was adamantly against the use of “ringers”, Yost told Naismith that Krebs was a farm boy from Colorado and even came up with a fake address for him. Krebs went on to become the star player on one of Kansas’ finest football teams of that era in 1899.


Lawrence is the sixth-largest city in Kansas. It has been named one of the best places to retire by U.S. News & World Report and ranks among the top 10 college towns by Parents & Colleges. The 2011 U.S. News & World Report ranked Kansas University 101st in the category "national universities" and that report also stated that the University of Kansas ranked as the 18th most popular university in the United States.


Michael Fragale, Julie Brown, Chris Ostien and Alyssa Casalino also contributed to this report

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