I've had 12 years to think about how I'd write this column. Yet, now that the day is here, I'm finding that I don't know exactly what it is I want to say. There is pride. There is joy. There is relief. Yet there is also knowledge that a group of 35 or so young men will never be looked at the same way again.
Judging by the number of phone calls we've fielded in the office this week, not to mention the non-stop Internet chatter taking place in a variety of college basketball portals, it seems Kansas University basketball fans can't get enough of the Darrell Arthur saga.
Unlike the previous 24 hours, there was no gold rush by the two city schools Saturday at the Kansas Relays.
Somewhere between a serious case of pre-event nerves and postperformance jitters, Roxanne Grizzle found the time to unleash the javelin toss of her lifetime.
Alysha Valencia talked about playing it smart during her trek through the 3,200 meters at this year's Kansas Relays.
Asked to compare winning a high school state championship with the possibility of doing the same at the Kansas Relays, Scott Penny and Alysha Valencia played it safe, sticking to themes of self-improvement and old-fashioned fun during their final appearances at the legendary annual invite.
No player came into this week's McDonald's High School All-American festivities with as much of a reputation as Greg Oden.
Sherron Collins spent his first three days in Southern California talking about assists. In the end, he saved the best one for himself.
It took just one short phone call to rain on Scottie Reynolds' all-star parade and turn him as glum as the cloudy weather outside Cox Arena on Tuesday.
While Kansas University basketball fans kept busy last fall extolling the offensive prowess of coach Bill Self's fab four recruiting class, the Jayhawk boss spent even more time telling anyone who would listen that defense would dictate when that quartet would play and for how long.
Harvey Kitani, the head coach for the West squad at this year's McDonald's High School All-American boys basketball game, has tutored a number of future college players during his 25 seasons as the boss at Fairfax High in Los Angeles.
The POWERade Jam Fest quickly became the jam funk for Sherron Collins.
It didn't take long for Sherron Collins to trade Chitown cool for California chill.
If mom gets her way, Darrell Arthur stands a 50-50 chance of donning crimson and blue next winter.
As one of Kansas University's two first-team selections on last season's All-Big 12 softball team, Heather Stanley was half the answer to a trivia question posed to the crowd Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.
Kids these days. They're all about snowboarding, iPods and the newest edition of Grand Theft Auto.
Ashley Robinson wasn't sure Kansas University was the right fit.
In the end, the creature comforts of home won out for Jack Sachse.
The weather has done an impressive job of keeping the Baylor University women's soccer team on its toes this week.