Kansas Football Players Visit VA Hospital In Miami

Dec. 30, 2007

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Players who visited the hospital included Micah Brown, Drew Dudley, Dexton Fields, Jeff Foster, Gary Green, Chris Harris, Marcus Herford, Jake Laptad, Brandon McAnderson, James McClinton, Mike Rivera and Justin Springer.

The players spent nearly an hour talking with the war veterans and both groups enjoyed the visit. The Jayhawks handed out gift bags, which included KU hats and other items.

Earlier in the day, Kansas held its third practice in Miami, working out at BarryUniversity. Defensive coordinator Bill Young and six players spent time with the media in a morning press conference. On Monday, offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and six more players will meet with the media before practice.

Orange Bowl Notable – Kansas head coach Mark Mangino has become the first KU coach to lead the team to three bowl games. Here is a look at KU’s coaches in its 11 bowl appearances.

3 games – Mark Mangino (2003 Tangerine, 2005 Fort Worth, 2008 Orange)

2 games – Don Fambrough (1973 Liberty, 1981 Hall of Fame), Glen Mason (1992 Aloha, 1995 Aloha)

1 game – George Sauer (1948 Orange), Jack Mitchell (1961 Bluebonnet), Pepper Rodgers (1969 Orange), Bud Moore (1975 Sun)