Tuesday, April 8, 2008

KU won’t commit to downtown parade for National Champions


It doesn't look like a parade will be part of Kansas University's National Championship celebration.

Jim Marchiony, assistant athletic director for KU, said the athletic department had no plans for the basketball team to take part in a parade down Massachusetts Street, which was a crescendo to the celebration in 1988 when the Jayhawks last won the crown.

Instead - as previously reported - the team will be honored at a 3 p.m. celebration today at Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

"That is all we have planned," Marchiony said this morning.

Leaders with Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce said the public is clamoring for a parade.

"The phone has pretty much been ringing off the hook asking about one," said Becca Booth, chamber communications director.

Jane Pennington, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc., said her organization was willing to take full responsibility for planning and promoting the event, and made that offer to the Kansas University Athletic Department two weeks ago.

"We have asked and there has been no response," Pennington said. "We invited them to do a parade after the Orange Bowl as well, and they declined. We're kind of at our wits end."

Booth said the Chamber also was interested in helping with a parade, and had made phone calls to KU Athletics officials following Monday evening's game.

But Marchiony said KU leaders had not discussed a parade, and he was reluctant to do so today.

"We're going to celebrate the way we want to celebrate," Marchiony said. "We're going to do what's best for our student athletes."

When asked whether there were logistical reasons or other student-athlete concerns that made a parade difficult for the team to participate in, Marchiony declined to discuss it anymore.

Pennington said her group was pushing for a parade because it would carry on a tradition and would draw folks to the symbolic center of the city for a family-friendly celebration.

She also said she had proposed to Marchiony that a parade could include the football team to celebrate its historic Orange Bowl victory.

"We could easily get 40,000 people downtown for a parade," Pennington said.


Drew Bender 14 years, 8 months ago

gameday... Quit trying to hawk your stuff off (Pun most definitely intended)

mcoan 14 years, 8 months ago

You can email the Athletic Dept. through their web site...I did.

jhwkswn 14 years, 8 months ago

We need a frickin' parade! Ligthen up Marchiony!! This is the first time in 20 years. Let's celebrate this team and achievement!

Brad Watson 14 years, 8 months ago


dminear60 14 years, 8 months ago

I hope if they host a parade that they do it on a Saturday so it is easier for school kids and working parents to attend.

CasperCorps 14 years, 8 months ago

Why wouldn't they do a parade? Unbelievable...

Brad Watson 14 years, 8 months ago


flipborder02 14 years, 8 months ago

Is rush going to the draft it says on yahoo it is?

suzifrye 14 years, 8 months ago

What are you kidding me why in the hell would they not want a parade??? Why is Marchiony being such an a$$? Kansas is the National Champs and deserve a parade and the fact that it would be for the basketball and football teams and he still says no. Not everyone will be able to make it to Lawrence today and this yahoo should take that into consideration and think of the fans all over Kansas and not just in Lawrence. They should have a parade and it should be held Saturday so that way people that have to work during the week and kids are in school Saturday they should be able to make it. Mr. Marchiony needs to remember that Lawrence, KS isn't were all the Jayhawk fans are we are everywhere and we the people and the players want and deserve a parade!

Debbie Mangen 14 years, 8 months ago

The fans have supported both of these teams, not just this year but in the past. They deserve the parade that our Final Four team in 2003 was cheated out of. A parade would be a wonderful way to pay back the fans for all of their loyalty and also to give these teams their share in the limelight. Please! Make this parade happen so we can all keep the celebrating going! If nothing else, Hold it on Saturday or Sunday and let the athletes do it on their own.

homewith2 14 years, 8 months ago

I hope they reconsider not doing a parade. I think its great their doing something at 3:00 today but there is more than just the students that would like to share in the celebration. A Saturday parade would be Wonderful. It would give people a chance to plan and bring the kids. And it would be nicel if they honored the football team as well. If Mr. Marichony can't see that more than just the celebration today is needed than maybe he should look for employment somewhere else than Kansas. It has been 20 years. We are long over do for a jayhawk celebration!!!

Debbie Mangen 14 years, 8 months ago

From the News Observer in Chapel Hill:But supporting Kansas wasn't the main reason he [Roy Williams] stayed in town, rather than return home with UNC."I'm staying here for the game, if you want to say it that way,'' he said Sunday night, "but the bottom line is that my son came from London and couldn't get out till Tuesday, so I wasn't going to leave him in San Antonio by himself. I will go to the game, though."I guess KU is once again his 2nd choice.

v3rnondotcom 14 years, 8 months ago

This is just ridiculous. I can't believe that there is resistance from KU Athletics to a parade. I think LJW and all the other local papers need to put this story on the front page of tomorrow's editions. An immediate celebration is nice but as everyone else has already said, it leaves the rest of us who work, are in school, or aren't in Lawrence without the opportunity to join in the celebration. Think about it, they've been invited to the White House, but the athletic department doesn't want to have a parade. Where does common sense fit into this equation? Lew Perkins needs to know about the bad press that Marchiony is bringing to the program by his condescending remarks and fix it fast. Lew -- Let's celebrate with everyone and have a parade!

yates33333 14 years, 8 months ago

Dear Rockchalk_Mom. Forget Roy Williams. Go to the parade if they have it. Hopefully, LJW will forget him too. He just did what a lot of people would do. He went home. He should have kept his mouth shut before he decided that you can go home again, but he didn't. Anyway, forget him. He's last year's romance. Let's worry about Self. If reports are correct OSU is going to offer a lot of money and money talks. I pray he stays, but if he goes I will understand this one. He's made no promises.

Lance Hobson 14 years, 8 months ago

What's up with this guy? We always have a parade when we win it all, why do we have the stick in the mud losers who think they know what's right? We are owed a parade, and no matter how powerful this Marchiony dish rag thinks he is we are damn well going to get one!!

Lance Hobson 14 years, 8 months ago

Yes, does Lew Perkins know what this guy is saying? Obviously Marchion needs to get with the program and stop stifling our parade. He's not speaking for the university, he's speaking for himself and his laziness. We can't do this half-a$$ed.

jahawkdave 14 years, 8 months ago

The team the town the fans the students all deserve a parade it is championship tradition to have a parade. Can't one of the most tradition rich b-ball schools have a parade? They should have had one for football too. Now there is a chance to have a parade for both champions, heck let all the KU teams participate. If you're worried you can't make money off it have the cheerleaders carry trash bags for donations it would be cheesy but I bet they would fill up. Or have sponsors businesses would line up to pay for that exposure.C'mon KUAC make it happen instead of coming off as scrooges! No comment?? thats BUSH league!!

WooPig 14 years, 8 months ago

This is not the first time I've read very ill-advised , condecending and arrogant comments from Mr. Marchiony. I remember a couple of years ago when he was quoted as responding to football fans upset at seating and parking changes "We're not in the refund business". He's right. He's in the people business, and he's apparently poorly equiped to handle it well. It's a good thing Perkins takes care of him, because he'll never make it in the real world.Putting that jerk's comments aside, there may be another reason they don't want a parade that we don't know about yet and they don't want to tell.

KUbsee69 14 years, 8 months ago

Isn't Marchiony the one that defended KU's policy that even an infant must have an adult ticket to attend a KU event? Remember all the media criticism for that a year or so back. The KC Chiefs, KSU, ISU, and MU all were consulted and all said they let small kids in for free to their events. IMO, it made KU look very bad and reflected an "only money counts" attitude.Does Marchiony speak for Perkins or does he just embarrass KU all by himself?I vote for a parade.

jmoore 14 years, 8 months ago

We NEED a parade so that those of us who work and could not get away for this afternoon's celebration can share in the excitement and show our pride for the Hawks - both basketball and football! I do hope the parade will happen!!! The teams AND the fans deserve it! I was sad today because I could not be at Forbes or at Memorial Stadium since I had to work. But I want to be able to show my love for the KU teams too! A Saturday parade would give me and so many others that chance!

ralsterKUMed95 14 years, 8 months ago

Just a quick response to the Roy Williams comment above. I personally thought it pretty balsy (son in SanAntonio or not)of Roy to actually WEAR A JAYHAWK on his shirt. If I was UNC Athletics, I might be upset--think about it, your team gets beat down by KU twice in the same game, and 2 days later your coach is wearing that team's logo. The ONLY out is that he was a former coach of KU and MAYBE he is 'showing support' because of all the ruffled feathers in KS when he left...maybe UNC understands that and maybe Roy even told UNC he was going to do this and why. I was lightheartedly joking when I saw him wearing it, that if you cant beat 'em: join 'em! I wish Roy no ill will--he did much for KS, and he is the one who 'discovered' MJ. I definitely think Bill Self is a much more well-rounded coach, and it would be a worse, yes WORSE day for KU bball if Bill Self departed.

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