Jayhawk Football From Fort Worth - Day 4
Dec. 22, 2005
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Day four was the final day of preparation for the University of Kansas football team before the Jayhawks face the University of Houston in Fort Worth Bowl III.
The day began at 9 a.m. with breakfast and treatments from the athletic training staff. Head Coach Mark Mangino, along with Nick Reid, Jermial Ashley and David Ochoa represented the Jayhawks at the Kick-Off Press Conference at the Fort Worth Convention Center and answered questions from a large contingent of media from Kansas.
Following the press conference, both teams attended the Kick-Off Luncheon which was highlighted by key-note speaker Barry Switzer. Switzer emphasized to the Jayhawks and Cougars how special it was to be a college football player.
“In pro football you’re a number. If you don’t play well, you’re gone and no one cares,” Switzer said. “But in college, coaches recruit young men and ask them to become a part of their family and help you become a productive citizen for the next 30, 40, 50 years of your life. Your coaches help you develop into something you can be proud of and they are there for life.”
Later in the afternoon, the Jayhawks went through their daily special teams and position meetings before visiting Amon G. Carter Stadium for the first time. The team went through assignments by position and got a general feel for where they will play on Friday. For 19 seniors, the Fort Worth Bowl will mark an end to their collegiate careers.
“It’s a good feeling to know that I am part of the group who helped turn Kansas football around,” senior Clark Green said. “There’s no doubt I will go through a lot of emotions on Friday when I take the field for the last time, but my five years at Kansas are something I will always keep with me.”
Upon return to the team hotel, the squad proceeded to Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth to greet the many Jayhawk fans who had arrived for a pep rally. Afterwards, the team ate dinner together before wrapping up the day with final team meetings.