All eyes are on the University of Kansas this weekend — focusing on sports played on hardwood floors and heading to the iron gate.
“When you think of KU, the joke is that we’re a round ball school, right? That’s not quite right. We’re a sports school,” said Anna Marie Sosa, former KU student “It gives us a lot more respect than maybe we had before.”
Saturday morning’s football game against TCU captured national attention with ESPN GameDay coverage launched from the campus in Lawrence, Kansas.
“It was crazy, I never thought I could see ESPN here and see the people. It’s really cool,” rookie Isaiah Edmonds said. being here and really supporting the team.”
Even with fall vacation looming around the corner, the Jayhawks chose to show up and bring their school spirit with them during the historic weekend. The excitement kicked off around noon Friday with broadcasts on campus.
In the crowd were alumni Matt Burgess who brought nostalgic footage from the KU vs. TCU game in 1995. He said this weekend feels like it’s come full circle.
“You see KU beat them 38-20, and I was lucky enough to work for ESPN, which is back here today,” Burgess said. “It’s just amazing to see this happen. We go to ESPN, and we’re on the cover.
Burgess has been a KU football season ticket holder since the 1970s. He has been waiting for this revival for a long time.
“For those of us who have been to Nebraska’s 70-0 games, coming out and watching us hand that off to other teams is a rewarding experience. Glad to be here today,” Burgess said.
Kansas vs. TCU is the game of the week, and being on ESPN’s coverage means the world to the current student body and Jayhawks of all generations.
“It’s the driving force of this town. Always has been and always will be,” said longtime fan and Lawrence resident Bill Lederer.