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Kansas University Head Football Coach Mark Mangino slaps hands with Jayhawk fans as he boards a bus outside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks took the bus to Forbes Field in Topeka, then flew to Florida, where they will take on Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 in the Orange Bowl. Hundreds of fans braved frigid morning temperatures to send the team off Thursday.

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