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Athletics

Orange You Just Crushed?

January 1, 1948

The football Jayhawkers become the first college team from the state of Kansas to play in a bowl game, squaring off against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

The Return Of Jarring Jim

February 20, 1939

More than six years after breaking Jim Thorpe’s decathlon record, James Bausch – KU football, basketball, and track star extraordinaire – makes an unexpected visit to his alma mater.

Shocked!

March 20, 1981

In the first meeting between the two schools in a quarter century, Wichita State hits a last-second shot to upend KU in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

March Sadness

March 21, 1997

In one of the most painful losses KU basketball fans have endured, Arizona upsets the No. 1 ranked Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Jayhawk Jubilee

September 12, 1996

A parade is held in honor of Harold “Hal” Sandy, creator of the smiling Jayhawk, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his version of the Jayhawk, which has served as the University’s mascot since 1946.

Fahrenheit 53,000

June 15, 1991

Lightning strikes Hoch Auditorium, causing a fire that reduces the 64-year-old campus landmark to ruins in less than four hours.

Mills’ Moment

April 21, 1984

The University of Kansas inducts Olympic gold medallist Billy Mills into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

Year Of The Pigskin

November 18, 1968

“Pepper” Rodgers, KU’s head football coach, announces via telephone to a crowd of 1,000 students gathered in front of Strong Hall that the Jayhawks are bound for their second Orange Bowl appearance.

Four For Four

October 15, 1968

Former Jayhawk Al Oerter uncorks a toss of 212 feet, 6.5 inches in the discus finals at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, becoming the first person to win a gold medal for the same event at four consecutive Olympics.

Ryun’s Run

April 23, 1966

KU freshman track star Jim Ryun knocks nearly eight seconds off the Kansas Relays record for the mile run in a race that launches perhaps the greatest three-month stretch of his remarkable career.

Sayers Soars

October 27, 1962

Sophomore tailback Gale Sayers sets a new KU and Big Eight Conference record by rushing for 283 yards against a porous Oklahoma State defense.