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Self to Naismith Hall of Fame

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Joining elite company, Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has been chosen for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hall announced Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Arizona. A first-ballot inductee, Self began his coaching career as an graduate assistant at Kansas in 1985-86 under Hall of Fame…
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McLendon to be Enshrined September 9th

1936 University of Kansas graduate John B. McLendon was enshrined for a second time into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday evening, September 9, 2016. Originally enshrined as a conributor, McLendon was inducted as a coach along with 9 other inductees into the class of 2016. McLendon, a Hiawatha native, was mentored by the game’s creator James…
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Jayhawks in the Olympics

The Summer Olympics are here, and KUHistory.com looks back to the Olympics of 1932 for one of the best showings of current or former KU athletes. Haskell University was represented by Wilson Charles, the defending AAU champion in the decathlon.  Wilson was joined by KU’s Glenn Cunningham in the 1500 meter run, Clyde Coffman and…
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KU Grad John McLendon Honored

1936 University of Kansas graduate John B. McLendon will be enshrined for a second time into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Originally enshrined as a conributor, McLendon will be inducted as a coach along with 9 other enshrinees in the class of 2016. McLendon, a Hiawatha native, was mentored by the game’s creator James Naismith…
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DeBruce Center to Celebrate Naismith’s Rules

The Rules of Basketball and exhibits have been installed and are now open for public view in the DeBruce Center, a new student and visitor center at the University of Kansas. The 32,000-square-foot, three-story building adjoins the northeast corner of historic Allen Fieldhouse. The building houses a display of the original “Rules of Basket Ball,”…
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Clyde Lovellette Dies

Clyde Lovellette, a two-time All-American center for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball squads of the early 1950s, died last Wednesday at the age of 86. Read more about the former USA Olympian at KUathletics.com.

Naismith Speaks

An audio recording of Dr. James Naismith speaking, the only recording known to exist, was recently discovered by Dr. Michael J. Zogry, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Director of Indigenous Studies at the University of Kansas. Located  in the archives of radio station WOR-AM, these recordings were donated to the Library of Congress and Dr. Zogry obtained permission for…
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All-American Bill Bridges Dies

Bill Bridges, a KU Basketball great from the early 1960s, died September 25 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California. The former KU center had been fighting cancer. The great rebounder attended KU from 1957-61 and averaged 13.9 rebounds per game in his three seasons,  the second leading rebounder in KU history. He scored 1,028 points in his…
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Jo Jo White to Hall of Fame

In a ceremony held September 12, 2015, in Springfield, MA, Jo Jo White was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Also in attendance were his college coach Ted Owens, and fellow Naismith-inductee and Jayhawk Lynette Woodard. White played for the Boston Celtics from 1969 to 1979, the Golden State Warriors from 1979-80, and the…
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Hall of Fame Coach Dean Smith Dies

Coach Dean Smith died on February 7, 2015 at the age of 83. He played both basketball and baseball at the University of Kansas in the early 1950s. Smith was a member of both the 1952 National Championship basketball team and the Final Four team of 1953 at Kansas. After graduating, he served as an…
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Coaching Legends Return

August 12, 2014- Kansas Athletics has announced that the last four KU Men’s Basketball coaches will return to Allen Fieldhouse for a celebration of the building’s 60th anniversary. Ted Owens, Larry Brown Roy Williams and Bill Self will reminisce about their times in what most consider the best college basketball venue in the nation. KU…
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Former KU Basketball Player Ron Loneski Dies

Ron Loneski, a teammate of Wilt Chamberlain in the mid-1950s, died Friday, August 1, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital at the age of 77. Arrangements will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Loneski was a former roommate of Wilt Chamberlain at KU and started on the 1957 Final Four team. He was named first-team all-league for…
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