RCW: Bird's Eye View 3.29

Each week the Bird’s Eye View captures some of the best moments for Kansas Athletics. From the playing field, practice gym or behind the scenes, don’t miss this exclusive perspective into the Kansas Jayhawks.



Pacing – Senior Frank Mason III paced back and forth in the locker room awaiting the KU basketball team’s appointed time to take the court for practice inside Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Wednesday, March 22, a day before the Jayhawks took on Purdue in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game.

Photo by Jeff Jacobsen 


Break It Up – Reggie Miller, a former star at UCLA and with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, and now a NCAA Tournament television analyst, served as the referee for a staged fight between KU’s Baby Jay and Purdue’s Purdue Pete before the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen matchup inside Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Thursday, March 23.

Photo by Laura Jacobsen 

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Hut, Hut – KU senior Landen Lucas appeared to make a football snap to sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., while both tried to grab a loose ball during the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game against Purdue on Thursday, March 23, inside Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

Photo by Jeff Jacobsen 


Chair Walk – Using a rolling stool, junior sprinter Tre’ Daniels walked along a Wagnon Student-Athlete Center hallway to strengthen his hamstrings on Friday, March 24. The KU track & field team opens its outdoor season this weekend at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California.

Photo by Jeff Jacobsen 

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Orange Remembrance – KU’s softball team remembered and honored victims and survivors of kidney cancer before the 5th annual Jayhawks for a Cure Orange game against Baylor on Saturday, March 25 inside Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park. The game stands as a tribute to Paul Buske, the late husband of Kansas head coach Megan Smith, who lost his battle to kidney cancer June 21, 2011.

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A Personal Service Salute – Retired United States Army Colonel Joe Rittman saluted before throwing out the first pitch for the Jayhawks’ Salute to Service game on Sunday, March 26 against Baylor inside Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park. The father of associate head coach John Rittman served two tours in Vietnam and received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Oak Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart before retiring in 1986.

Photo by Laura Jacobsen