Dr. Gary Thompson of Scottsdale, Arizona, received a special order 1957 NCAA ring for his 84th birthday, some 60-plus years after helping KU to a runner-up finish in one of the most memorable championship games in NCAA Tournament history. No. 2 Kansas fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 54-53, in triple overtime that March Saturday in Kansas City.
As Chancellor Girod announced moments ago, the Pandemic Medical Advisory Team (PMAT) has made the recommendation to allow fans at our home athletics events beginning on Monday, December 7 through Monday, December 14. However, the women’s basketball game this Sunday vs. Oral Roberts will remain without fans in attendance.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kansas undertook a fall semester unlike any other. To bring students back to the Hill, our entire KU community stepped up, heeding guidelines, taking precautions, and transforming the traditional campus experience.
John Hadl, one of the Jayhawk football legends enshrined in Memorial Stadium’s Ring of Honor, is the 2020 recipient of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for his lifelong service to the University of Kansas.
Director of Athletics Jeff Long invited three KU student-athletes, Paige Shaw (Volleyball), Sam Barnett (Soccer) and Kam McQueen (Football) to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences on important matters surrounding social injustice.
As I reviewed this past year in preparation of sharing our 2019-20 Annual Report, I am reminded of the resolve and determination of the Jayhawks and everything this University and Athletics Department represents.
In this uncertain environment, I want to share some decisions and areas of focus on the near horizon for Kansas Athletics. As Chancellor Girod just shared, fans will not be permitted at KAI events in September based on medical recommendations.