Kansas Jayhawks

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Kansas Jayhawks
UniversityUniversity of Kansas
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorJeff Long
LocationLawrence, Kansas
Varsity teams16
Football stadiumDavid Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
Basketball arenaAllen Fieldhouse
Baseball stadiumHoglund Ballpark
Soccer stadiumRock Chalk Park (soccer)
Other arenasAnschutz Pavilion
Rim Rock Farm
Rock Chalk Park (track and field)
MascotBig Jay, Baby Jay
Fight songI'm a Jayhawk
CheerRock Chalk, Jayhawk
ColorsCrimson and Blue[1]
Big 12 logo in Kansas' colors

The Kansas Jayhawks, commonly referred to as KU, are the athletic teams that represent the University of Kansas. KU is one of three schools in the state of Kansas that are in the NCAA Division I. The Jayhawks are also a part of the Big 12 Conference. KU athletic teams have won eleven NCAA Division I championships: three in men's basketball, one in men's cross country, three in men's indoor track and field, three in men's outdoor track and field, and one in women's outdoor track and field.

The name "Jayhawks" comes from the Kansas Jayhawker freedom fighter and anti-slavery movement during the Bleeding Kansas era of the American Civil War.

Sports[change | change source]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Football Rowing
Golf Soccer
Track and field Softball
Swimming and diving
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

The University of Kansas officially has 16 sports: 6 men's and 8 women's. There are also club-level sports for rugby, ice hockey, and men's volleyball. The school used to have a wrestling team, though the sport was stopped during the 1960s.[2]

Football[change | change source]

KU began playing football in 1890. The Jayhawks have been to the Orange Bowl in 1948, 1969 and 2008, winning in 2008. The team plays in Memorial Stadium (capacity 50,071). It the seventh oldest college football stadium in the United States. It opened in 1921.

Softball[change | change source]

The Jayhawks softball team has appeared in seven Women's College World Series, in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1992.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Color | Brand Center". Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. "Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk, Mike Elwell". KUAthletics.com. 2016.
  3. Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.