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Monday, September 29, 2008

Banner days coming for KU hoops


Pencil in the Oct. 17 Late Night in the Phog and Nov. 18 CBE Classic game against Florida Gulf Coast as "banner days" for Kansas University basketball this season.

ESPNU will televise KU's unveiling of a temporary national championship banner as a highlight of this year's Late Night, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony confirmed Monday.

That banner will hang at a yet-to-be determined place in the south end zone.

"It will be there at least through this year. We're still talking about that," he added of future plans for the south end zone banner. "It may end up in the new practice facility."

A smaller rectangular Final Four banner and Big 12 championship banner will also be unveiled at Late Night.

An official 2008 national championship banner, identical to the four in the north rafters, will be unfurled next to the other four in a pregame ceremony before the Gulf Coast game on Nov. 18. That banner unveiling will be shown on ESPN, the game itself on ESPNU.

It will be one of the highlights of ESPN's all-day coverage celebrating the opening of college hoops season. KU's women will play Iowa at 1 p.m. that day on ESPN, meaning there's a rare men's-women's doubleheader at KU.

"We are the only women's game of the whole day," Marchiony said. "We're very excited the women are part of this. We think it's a chance to showcase the progress Bonnie (Henrickson) and her staff have made, so we're excited about it."


KGphoto 13 years, 9 months ago

Go Bonnie!!I wouldn't know what to do with myself if the women's program started making noise too. KU fans should take it upon themselves to start showing up at the women's games. It's Allen Fieldhouse. I would go there to do my homework if there wasn't even a game.Someone should start this up. Do your homework if you have to, but just show up. Just fill some seats. I've gone to many CU women's games at the Coors Events Center because they are cheap tickets. I usually take a book. When something cool happens, I'm there. I became a fan of those girls and of their coach. I started seeing coach Berry around town, and I had great conversations with her because I knew what was happening with her team. She is brilliant by the way. Turns out about a third of the team lived in a house on my street. They are fantastic girls, and they were so appreciative of any level of support. Susie Powers told me, more than once, that they ALWAYS played better when the place was full. Sometimes I even felt like I was their hero, just for showing up to the games.You can't imagine what a little support does for a program that's overshadowed by another sport at the same school.Get out there and make noise for the women. They work just as hard as the men do. I guarantee you, they'll see immediate dividends in the win column, and if you are as privileged as I've been, you'll get to know them around town. And they'll impress the hell out of you.

Lance Hobson 13 years, 9 months ago

I hope the students show up early and pack the house for the women's game since it will be on ESPN. We always want to make a good showing at AFH when the nation is watching, regardless of who is playing.

rel76 13 years, 9 months ago

Feels gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!

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