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Memories of “the Miracles”: 30th anniversary of the 1988 title

Posted on Apr 4, 2018 in News

1988 National Championship

The KU men’s basketball team won the 1988 NCAA Divison I Men’s Basketball Tournament on April 4, 1988. The Jayhawks defeated Big 8 foe Oklahoma 83-79 in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.  To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1988 National Champions, we collected everything we’ve ever written about that season: the players, the fans, the students, and the history of one of the greatest runs the NCAA tournament has ever seen.

‘It’s Over:’ Manning shares memories of ’88

Jayhawk legend Danny Manning shares a first-person view of what it means to become a champion.

Where were you on April 4, 1988?

Five years ago, we asked alumni and fans to share their experiences of the 1988 championship, and did they ever deliver.

KU Alumni staff remember the ’88 championship game

We asked our staff for their memories, too. Some of which were even at the game that night in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.

Pay Heed: ‘Beware of the Phog’ banner turns 30

A piece of KU history began 30 years ago when a group of students were bored in class. Watch the video on the origins of the banner, and read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the filming.

NPR recalls ‘Danny and the Miracles’

NPR’s “Weekend Edition” recalls the rare time when Kansas was the true underdog. Jeff Gueldner, b’91, Clint Normore, ’89, and Milt Newton, d’89, g’93, share their memories of the season.

The birth of Captain Jayhawk & the Superfans

All KU students love their Jayhawks, but this group of superfans had specific routines that are still remembered today.

The stuff of miracles, 25 years later

For the 25th anniversary, Kurt Messersmith, j’89, produced “The Miracles”, a documentary to give fans a look back at the 1988 title team.

The Making of the Miracles

We sat down with the executive producer of the documentary to hear about his experience.

 

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Kansas men’s basketball season comes to a close in San Antonio

Posted on Apr 2, 2018 in News

We heart u Hawks sign from the KU student section | Photo from University Archives | basketball season ends

After a season filled with ups and downs, a 14th straight conference championship and a trip to the Final Four, the Jayhawks fell to the Villanova Wildcats Saturday night in the national semifinal.

KU fans gathered in San Antonio, Allen Fieldhouse, and at watch parties from coast to coast to watch the Jayhawks in the Final Four.

At the Final Four

More than 5,000 Jayhawks started their game day right outside the Alamodome for the pregame party hosted by the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics. The KU band, Spirit Squad and mascots held a pep rally, with food trucks and cash bars nearby.

Final Four pregame party in San Antonio 2018

Back home in Lawrence

Dozens of Lawrence-area bars and restaurants hosted watch parties, but the most popular site for a big KU game remained the same. Thousands of fans flocked to Allen Fieldhouse to watch the game on the video board. Students filled the student section, and threw shredded Kansans into the air for pregame introductions.

Final Four Watch Party Allen Fieldhouse

Wherever Jayhawks may be

Alumni networks hosted more than 75 watch parties around the country. Many network leaders claimed it was their biggest turnout in years. The Denver Network alone hosted 1,000 Jayhawks at Stoney’s Bar and Grill.

Denver Network Final Four watch party 2018

Although we hate to see the season end, the Alumni Association is proud of this team, and we are always proud to be a Jayhawk.

Visit the ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub for more information, and don’t miss additional Final Four coverage from Lawrence, San Antonio, and alumni networks around the country.

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Kansas Basketball to retire Svi Mykhailiuk’s T-shirt

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 in News

Retiring Svi's T-shirt

After a remarkable four-year career at the University of Kansas, Kansas Athletics announced early Sunday plans to retire Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s T-shirt he wears underneath his jersey.

“Svi hit that three to force overtime versus Duke and got us to the Final Four. I knew right then it had to happen,” coach Bill Self said. “What better way to honor him than retiring his trademark tee?”

A remarkable story, Mykhailiuk’s journey from arriving in Lawrence as a 17-year-old to hitting more 3s than any KU player in a single season will be recognized by hanging his blank shirt.

Fans can participate in the honor by choosing which color of T-shirt should be raised. Follow @KUHoops on Twitter to vote for white, blue, red or gray to match the variety of jerseys Mykhailiuk wore.

Coach Self has already indicated guard Devonte’ Graham will have his jersey retired after winning Big 12 Player of the Year and being named a consensus first-team All-American.

We hope you enjoyed our playful prank for April Fool’s Day. This post is pure fiction, so don’t be fooled! Check out all of our April Fool’s Day posts.

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KU sophomore answers call for once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Posted on Mar 31, 2018 in News

Darrius Sheppard, KU sophomore who performed the national anthem at the Final Four in San Antonio
The call came Tuesday and was entirely unexpected:

“We need anthem singers who are music students at each of the Final Four schools. Could you do it?”

Before sophomore voice major Darius Sheppard could fully process this most unexpected opportunity to perform the national anthem at Saturday’s Final Four in San Antonio, he quickly replied, “I’m only 20. I need to ask my parents. Can I email you tonight?”

Sheppard—a tenor who performed a spine-tingling rendition of the national anthem with fellow students from Michigan, Villanova and Loyola-Chicago before the start of Saturday evening’s first game in the packed Alamodome—laughs when he recalls the reply he heard from the NCAA official: “OK, but instead of emailing tonight, can you call back in five minutes?”

Sheppard immediately phoned his parents, and, permission secured, on Wednesday booked his flight and on Thursday arrived in San Antonio, thrilled to represent KU on the biggest stage on collegiate athletics.

“It’s been an amazing week, absolutely incredible,” Sheppard said, shaking his head and smiling broadly. As he returned his attention to the first half of the Michigan-Loyola game, playing out just a few yards from his floor-level seat, Sheppard grinned and shouted over the crowd, “Rock Chalk!”

—Chris Lazzarino

Visit the ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub for more information, and don’t miss additional Final Four coverage from Lawrence, San Antonio, and alumni networks around the country.

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Allen Fieldhouse to host a Final Four watch party

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in News

Allen Fieldhouse

Looking for a Final Four watch party? Kansas Athletics is hosting one, with room for 16,300.

Allen Fieldhouse doors (north, south, and east entrances) will open Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  Fans will be able to watch the Jayhawks’ NCAA Final Four game vs. Villanova on the video board.

Members of the KU pep band and spirit squad will be on hand, with the Rally House store, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, and concession stands on the first and second levels open for fans.

The event is free and open for all ages, with parking lots available at no charge, including the parking garage adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse and the new KU Central District garage. The Fieldhouse will close immediately following the game.

The game will tip at approximately 7:45 p.m. (40 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal game, which tips at 5:09 p.m.)

If the Jayhawks win Saturday, Allen Fieldhouse will be open for Monday night’s NCAA Championship game. The game tips at 8:15 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Visit the ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub for more information, and don’t miss additional Final Four coverage from Lawrence, San Antonio, and alumni networks around the country.

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Trio of famous Jayhawks to call Final Four action

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Alumni News

Rob Riggle unveiling Charlie Hustle shirt | Kansas Teamcast announcers

Jayhawks, your wishes have been granted: You can watch the the Final Four with announcers who love the Jayhawks as much as you do.

When KU plays Villanova in the Final Four Saturday night, tune in to TNT to watch the Kansas TeamCast. It will feature familiar faces Dave Armstrong, Scot Pollard and Rob Riggle breaking down the action.

TeamCast presentations are telecasts tailored to the schools participating in the Final Four national semifinals. The concept brings local flavor to the game with additional cameras and team-centric replays, custom halftimes, comprehensive team and player storylines and more.

Armstrong, ’83, will serve as the play-by-play announcer, which he’s done for the Jayhawks since 1993. He’s also served in the same role for multiple professional sports teams.

Pollard, d’97, partners with Armstrong as the color analyst. He’ll provide a unique perspective after a four-year career as a member of the Kansas men’s basketball team. Pollard finished his career in KU’s top 5 in rebounds and blocked shots and spent 12 years in the NBA.

Riggle, c’93, rounds out the team by reporting from the sideline on head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks. (No word yet on how serious the KU actor and comedian will take his job.)

The regular telecast will be available on TBS, with Villanova’s TeamCast airing on truTV. Tip is expected to be 7:49 p.m. CDT Saturday night, or 40 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan-Loyola Chicago game which begins at at 5:09 p.m.

If Scot Pollard’s enthusiasm in a video he posted to Facebook is a preview, the trio of Jayhawks are sure to have a fun night—as will we!

Visit the ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub for more information, and don’t miss additional Final Four coverage from Lawrence, San Antonio, and alumni networks around the country.

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Final Four pregame party details announced

Posted on Mar 28, 2018 in News

Fans celebrate on Mass Street after KU beats Duke to advance to the Final Four | 2018

We’re headed to San Antonio!

Join fellow Jayhawks for a Final Four pregame party hosted by the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics.

The party takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, in the parking lot of Tower of Americas, 736 Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. The parking lot is across the street from the main security entrance for the Alamodome—just look for Super Jay!

Festivities include a pep rally at 3 p.m. featuring the KU band, Spirit Squad and mascots. A beer garden, cash bars, food trucks and a DJ will also be on site. KU merchandise will be available for sale from Rally House.

Tickets

Entrance to the pregame party is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance online and picked up during the following times. Tickets can also be purchased in-person.

Marriott River Center, 101 Bowie St.
Thursday, March 29: Noon-6 p.m.
Friday, March 30: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: 8-11 a.m.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the entrance of the pregame party. Pregame party tickets are included in the travel packages for guests traveling with the Williams Education Fund/Kansas Athletics travel groups.

KU Alumni Association members can show their membership card at the KU Alumni table to receive a special members-only gift. Plus, enter to win a Jayhawk print by alumni artist Megh Knappenberger, f’04.

The KU basketball team will hold an open practice on Friday, March 30, from 1-1:50 p.m. at the Alamodome. The semifinal games tip off at 5:09 p.m. CDT with Loyola-Chicago taking on Michigan. The Kansas vs. Villanova game will follow at approximately 7:49 p.m. CDT.

Visit the ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub for more information, and don’t miss additional Final Four coverage from Lawrence, San Antonio, and alumni networks around the country.

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Welcome home Hawks: Allen Fieldhouse celebrates a Final Four

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in News

When the KU Men’s Basketball team sent out the call, Jayhawks delivered.

After hours of pandemonium on Massachusetts Street, thousands of students, fans and alumni made the trek to Allen Fieldhouse to welcome the Final Four team home.

Fans were treated to a replay of the Elite Eight game, reliving Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s game-tying basket that sent the game to overtime and Malik Newman’s overtime scoring barrage to clinch a trip to San Antonio.

As the seconds ticked away on the replay, the video board transitioned to a highlight package of the game, mixed with fan videos from social media and the party on Mass Street. When the video ended with the Final Four logo, the crowd roared as the Jayhawks walked in.

With Devonte’ Graham leading the team in while holding the regional trophy, Head Coach Bill Self addressed the crowd first, asking the question everyone was thinking: “Did these guys play like men today, or what?”

Graham, Newman, and Mykhailiuk all spoke as well, thanking the fans for their support, and asking fans to continue that support at the final four.

“I hope all y’all can get to San Antonio,” Graham said, “and hopefully we can win two more for y’all. Rock Chalk.”

-Ryan Camenzind

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Jayhawks across America gather for Elite Eight win

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in News

With a trip to the Final Four on the line, Jayhawk fans came out in full force. More than 70 watch parties around the country brought Jayhawks together in bars and restaurants from Ann Arbor to Washington, D.C. The game lived up to the hype, with KU defeating Duke in an instant classic. Check out some photos of just a few of the watch parties!

The Richmond ’Hawks wave the wheat at Carolina Ale House. | Elite Eight

The Richmond ’Hawks wave the wheat at Carolina Ale House.

The Boise Jayhawks had a record turnout, with 35+ fans gathering to see the big game. | Elite Eight

The Boise Jayhawks had a record turnout, with 35+ fans gathering to see the big game.

The Charlotte Jayhawks were deep in enemy territory, but that didn't stop them from Rock Chalking it up after a big win over the home state's Blue Devils! | Elite Eight

The Charlotte Jayhawks were deep in enemy territory, but that didn’t stop them from Rock Chalking it up after a big win over the home state’s Blue Devils!

Washington, D.C. fans fill Mackey's for big games, but an Elite Eight game calls for a full Jayhawk takeover. | Elite Eight

Washington, D.C. fans fill Mackey’s for big games, but an Elite Eight game calls for a full Jayhawk takeover.

The Tampa Jayhawk Alumni Network is ready for the Final Four. | Elite Eight

The Tampa Jayhawk Alumni Network is ready for the Final Four.

Seattle Jayhawks celebrate KU being Final Four bound! | Elite Eight

Seattle Jayhawks celebrate KU being Final Four bound!

The San Antonio Jayhawks were hopeful for a KU win, and now they get to welcome Jayhawks from everywhere to their city. | Elite Eight

The San Antonio Jayhawks were hopeful for a KU win, and now they get to welcome Jayhawks from everywhere to their city.

Keep an eye out for information on pep rallies and other festivities in San Antonio, as well as watch parties in a network near you! Visit our ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub for more details.

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Jayhawk car delights Omaha alumni

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Alumni News

KU Alumni staff with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car
Before our staff members hit the road to the Sweet 16 in style in the Jayhawk car—courtesy of our postseason partner, Crown Toyota of Lawrence—they posed for a picture with the iconic ride.

Omaha, the site of the KU basketball team’s matchup tonight with No. 5 Clemson, is Nebraska’s largest city and home to more than 2,000 Jayhawks. We knew alumni would be thrilled to see the Jayhawk car in their city.

Danny Lewis, director of donor relations and athletic programs, mapped out a plan to visit as many local Jayhawks as possible so they could snap a photo and share a little bit of their KU story with us.

Baird Holm, LLP

Baird Holm Jayhawks with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car

Rick Putnam, former chair of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors, rounded up a flock of Jayhawks at his law firm. Putnam, c’77, l’80, is a managing partner of Baird Holm, LLP. He even persuaded the firm’s marketing department to create a special banner for the occasion.

Union Pacific Railroad

Sierra Poulson, c'09, with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car

Next up on the tour of Omaha: a stop at Union Pacific Railroad, where Sierra Poulson, c’09, works as an attorney.

Poulson earned a degree in psychology with a minor in art history, and she lived in Templin Hall. After leaving the Hill, she earned her law degree at DePaul.

We asked her what she misses most about Lawrence, and she responded “’80s night at the Bottleneck and crunchy chicken cheddar wraps!”

As we were taking the photo, another Jayhawk walked by … Jayhawks are everywhere.

Susan Hunter with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car
Susan Hunter works as a train dispatcher for Union Pacific. She earned a degree in business and accounting from KU in 1994.

She was a proud resident of Douthart Scholarship Hall, and her favorite memory of KU is Thursday night trips to Carlos O’Kelly’s and watching “Seinfeld” and “Friends.”

KU Office of Admissions

Angie Bass with the Crown Toyota of Lawrence Jayhawk car
No, KU’s Office of Admissions didn’t move to Omaha—but you may not know that it employs regional admissions representatives across the country, including Angie Bass, who received a degree in elementary education in 2016.

Her favorite memory of Lawrence is the atmosphere of the town when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. She heard fireworks all over town and ran to Massachusetts Street to celebrate.

Here’s hoping for another Mass Street celebration soon…

Jet Linx

Jamie Walker and Heath Peterson at Jet Linx
We drove the car out to Jet Linx, a personal private jet company started in Omaha in 1999, to see Jamie Walker.

Walker, c’97, is the president and CEO of the company. He earned a degree in English from KU and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Some of Walker’s favorite college memories include nights at the Bull, just down the street from his fraternity house. What does he miss most about Lawrence? The whole town. It’s a pretty special place, after all.

We hope you enjoyed meeting some Omaha Jayhawks! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more sights and sounds from the Midwest Regional. For more information about pregame events and watch parties during the NCAA Tournament, visit our ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub.

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