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Sophia Maines

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Football's return puts superstitions back in play

You stick with what works. A year after Kansas University's football team vaulted to its most successful season in decades - with 12 wins and its first Orange Bowl title - Jayhawk fans vow to continue using the lucky rituals and charms they picked up last year.

Nearly 40,000 turn out to commemorate win

Police watched over an even larger downtown crowd Monday following the championship game than had turned out to celebrate Saturday's Final Four victory against North Carolina. Nearly 40,000 people came out to celebrate the historic victory.

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Stage set for championship

Jayhawk fever saturates Lawrence

Lawrence is no longer on Earth. It's on Cloud Nine. "It's unbelievable," said Ryan Owens, manager of Jock's Nitch, 837 Mass. "The buzz - it's electric here in town." The Jayhawks' stomping of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday night drew people to the streets, where a general state of glee continued Sunday.

March Madness saps workplace productivity but pumps employees

Productivity slowdown? Things are only picking up at some local businesses these days as employees and customers alike get swept into March Madness.

Orange Bowl victors lauded at KU banquet

As sweet as the Kansas University football team's Orange Bowl victory was, the team has bigger goals, coach Mark Mangino reminded fans Saturday.

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Jayhawks bask in their senior moment

Departing players lauded in Allen finale

The thunder inside Allen Fieldhouse grew even more deafening Monday night as Jayhawk fans saluted their seniors.

KU players have a ball at Lawrence schools

Alex Schmitthenner's cheeks flushed with anticipation. Members of the Kansas University men's basketball team were coming to visit the second-graders of Corpus Christi Catholic School. And for some, the experience was akin to seeing real superheroes.

Rush on T-shirts follows Orange Bowl win

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.

Old-school KU fan gets degree

'There's never been a better Jayhawk fan'

Bob Nelson's 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. "Arguably, there's never been a better Jayhawk fan," men's basketball coach Bill Self said.

Former football coach kicks off literacy event for youngsters

Former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough on Monday gave a group of Lawrence tykes what could be their first lesson in how to handle the rival Missouri Tiger.

'Border War' has new battlefield

Arrowhead deal a sore point for some merchants as game-day revenue lost

At the top of Naismith Hill, squeezing inside the aisles of Jayhawk T-shirts, fleece pullovers, football jerseys and hundreds of other crimson-and-blue products, Bill Muggy knows that for at least one weekend this fall, he'll be stuck with more of his merchandise than he can stomach.

Missouri St. should get the boot, KU fan says

Road near stadium should bear coach Fambrough's name instead, some argue

Don Fambrough loathes Missouri. That's why some say it's fitting that a portion of Missouri Street - too close for comfort to the football stadium - be renamed to honor the Kansas University football icon.

Pa. high school has Jayhawk of its own

Kansas University's "happy" Jayhawk has an identical twin in the small western Pennsylvania town of Jeannette.

Broadcast gives fans opportunity to cheer on Jayhawks in Chinese

Sitting courtside at Allen Fieldhouse, a play-by-play man announced the usual Kansas University basketball action. "Ná lánban, Brandon Rush," he said. "ZántÃ-ng, Dartmouth." The play-by-play man, Zhiqun "James" Liang, broadcast Tuesday night's Kansas University-Dartmouth basketball game entirely in Chinese - for the first time in KU history.

Rivalry intensifies stereotypes

As KU and K-State play football today, more is at stake than mere athletics

Today's football game between Kansas and Kansas State is more than a contest between the red and blue and the purple. It is the clash of two rival universities: the farm kids versus the preps, the country versus the city, the friendly versus the not-so-friendly. At least, that's the word on the street.

Guess what, parents: Babies charged adult prices at games

Policy criticized as 'a grab for money'

It used to be you could hardly give away Kansas University football tickets. But they aren't free anymore - even for babies.

Former coach proposes walk of fame to honor KU greats

A dream for Allen Fieldhouse

Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has a dream for Allen Fieldhouse.

Baby, do you have what it takes?

Mascot hopefuls learn high art of Jayhawk spirit

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A chance to be one of the most-recognized faces in Kansas, a celebrity, adored by young and old. Strangers will rush to hug you. They'll want your autograph. "How many people can say they're Big Jay?" said Annie Thompson, among the many vying for a chance to be Kansas University's Big Jay mascot.

Report reveals academic side of bowl-bound football teams

KU falls short of NCAA standards for graduation rate, academic performance

Kansas University's football team ranked 47 out of 56 for its academic progress when compared with other teams headed to bowl games.

Fans consider their options for possible bowl trip to Fort Worth

Destination will be known after Saturday's Big 12 title game

There's only one thing that could come between Chris Love and Kansas University's second bowl game in three years -- his wife.

KU athletics changes its face

Hal Sandy drew Kansas University's happy Jayhawk in 1946 and later sold the rights to KU for $250.

Fans ready to move on

Kansas University basketball fans view J.R. Giddens' departure as the end of a sad chapter, and many are ready to turn the page.