The mayors of Lawrence and Blacksburg, Va., the home of Virginia Tech., settled a friendly wager tonight.
Before KU's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory over Virgina Tech, head coach Mark Mangino decided to have the team wear their undefeated red uniforms.
The kids didn't know any better, and as a result they had the party figured out better than anyone. A gap-toothed 7-year-old held high a poster of coach Mark Mangino wearing a crown of oranges. Ten-year-old Sydnee Pointer of Independence, Mo., showed off her KU cheerleader outfit and told how she got to wear it to school.
For a sports fan about to see his program's biggest victory in at least 40 years, and perhaps ever, the biggest sin is forgetting the tickets. By that measure, count Adam Shaull, a Kansas University fan from Hattiesburg, Miss., as a sinner. The 2005 KU graduate left the two Orange Bowl tickets he purchased at home.
There was no time for employees to even put the new Orange Bowl champion shirts on hangers. "We've just lined up the boxes, and people are going through them," Ryan Owens, manager and buyer at Jock's Nitch, said Friday as customers of all ages streamed through the downtown store.
Any two-loss team chirping about belonging in the Bowl Championship Series national title game instead of Louisiana State needs to get in line behind Kansas University. Yeah, that's right, Kansas, the basketball school. It's the team some didn't think even belonged in the Orange Bowl, the last game of the BCS undercard.
Paraphrasing Old Bear Bryant again, when you finish a football season victoriously at 12-1, you don't explain or apologize about the teams you beat. Throw in a nationally televised triumph in one of the elite bowl games and the prospect of finishing among the top five or six clubs in the final ratings; the Kansas Nation has a delightful trophy to cuddle up to on cold and lonely nights.
The Orange Bowl champs received a heroes' welcome upon their return to today to the Sunflower State.
Moments after the Jayhawks clenched the victory, fans poured out of downtown bars to celebrate.
A hot item on the streets of Lawrence today: Orange Bowl championship t-shirts.
KU's sweet win in Miami helps erase the foul taste that generations of Jayhawks endured.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, last night the Jayhawks returned to the Orange Bowl to put a cap to the season they'll never forget.
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine told Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius "the ham is on its way."
The Kansas University athletics department currently has no immediate plans for a Lawrence parade to celebrate Thursday's Orange Bowl victory.
KU Jayhawks football team landed at Forbes Field this afternoon.