Fans Take Part in Hawk Talk Kick Off Rally

Sept. 1, 2011

Coach Gill Talks to the Fans

Coach Bill Self Get the Fans Hyped

Sheahon Zenger Speaks at Rally

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Hundreds of fans turned out for season premiere of Kansas football head coach Turner Gill’s weekly radio show on Thursday evening as part of the Hawk Talk Kick Off Rally. The rally took place outside the Salty Iguana on the corner of 6th St., and Wakarusa, where the weekly radio show will be broadcast live during 2011. The season-long show began with a bang as it was a part of a season kick off pep rally for Kansas football fans.

Coach Gill discussed the impending season, upcoming opponents and answered questions from fans as part of his hour-long radio show, which was hosted by David Lawrence of the Jayhawk Radio Network. The radio show, held every Thursday preceding a game this season, is open to the public.

Fans were treated to a wide variety of attractions outside the Salty Iguana. Young Jayhawks were able to interact with Big Jay and Baby Jay, as well as members of the KU spirit squad. Those on hand also got to listen to the Kansas pep band, who regaled fans with fight songs. Following his radio show, Coach Gill addressed the crowd, but he was not alone. Athletics director Sheahon Zenger, women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and men’s basketball coach Bill Self each took the podium to get the fans hyped for the upcoming football season.

Also representing the football team with Coach Gill were 2011 team captains Tim Biere, Jeremiah Hatch, Steven Johnson and Toben Opurum, who conversed with fans and signed autographs.

To close the night, The Electric H Band took the stage for an hour-long jam session. The band’s lead singer is former Kansas basketball star, Scot Pollard.

The Jayhawks open the 2011 season on Saturday, Sept. 3, when they play host to McNeese State at 6 p.m., at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 1-800-34-HAWKS or by visiting the ticket office on the Southeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas fans will be able to watch the Jayhawks’ football season-opener on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access. Anyone can subscribe to Jayhawk All-Access by going to and clicking on the AT&T Jayhawk All-Access button on the right. Jayhawk All-Access subscriptions are only $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year.