Kansas announced on Monday that football great Gale Sayers is “coming home” and will be joining the athletic department as Director of Fundraising for Special Projects. When you look at representatives for The University of Kansas, you can’t do much better than one of the great football players of all-time and a Kansan.
The athletics department is going to need some money if they want to put in a new scoreboard next year and eventually remove the track from Memorial Stadium (among other things). I’m pretty sure he has anyone sold on fundraising as soon as he picks up the phone and says “Hi, this Gale Sayers…”
“Lew (Perkins, KU athletic director) and I started talking about my coming back to the University of Kansas about six months ago,” Sayers said Monday. “He told me that he wanted to build Kansas athletics into a program that would be competing for national championships in every sport. I believe that with the team Lew has put together, and with the support of the KU alumni, we can make this a reality. I am happy to be back at the University of Kansas and I am eager to get started.”
Sayers was a two-time All-American running back at KU in 1963 and 1964 and he also was a assistant athletic director at Kansas in the 70s. He was the No. 1 pick for the Bears in the 1965 NFL Draft. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Sayers was the first African-American Athletic Director in Division I athletics.
“I am thrilled and honored to welcome Gale back to the Kansas athletics administration,” KU athletic director Perkins said. “There is no one better suited to take on this role. Gale obviously distinguished himself on the gridiron as both a collegian and a professional, but the example he also set in his career after football serves as a model to our student-athletes and to the general student body. Our entire university will benefit from Gale’s return. We look forward to his being an integral part of our team here at Kansas.”
EDIT: And on Wednesday (9/2), Kansas announced that Memorial Stadium is going to get an upgrade, pending approval by the Board of Regents.
Kansas not happy with Anheuser-Busch
The Kansan and the LJ-World both ran stories on the makers of Budweiser selling Bud Light cans with crimson and blue on it. Jim Marchiony is not happy.
“We wrote to Anheuser-Busch requesting that they not move forward with that project,” Marchiony said. “I think the major issue is that it appeals to what we think is a large number of underage drinkers. We think that’s a mistake on Anheuser-Busch’s part.”
I don’t think the colors are that much of an influence… College kids drink, underage kids get a hold of alcohol all the time. Not to mention, most of the people at the football games are going to be ages 21+. I’m assuming this is mainly about KU not making money off the colored cans. However, you can’t trademark colors. Maybe next year college logos will be on the cans (with the athletic departments getting the money). Until then, it’s really not that big of a deal and even then, no one should make a huge fuss about it.
I suggest that college kids drink local anyway and choose Boulevard Co. beer. Last thing you want to do is support a brewery in St. Louis and even worse, a foreign-owned brewery… Actually, drink 23rd Street Brewery beer.
You can view the offending beer cans here. Aren’t Bud Light cans blue and red anyway?
Continuing the theme of money…
My Bob Frederick blog will be trimmed down and combined with a piece by my father and will be featured in a KU-only magazine by the Maple Street Press under a double byline. My blog on Frederick will be taken down soon, but you can ask for it at any time if you would like to see it. I will try to see if I can scan the magazine article and post it at a later time. If not, go buy the magazine and you can read it there.
Media access today
The first Mark Mangino press conference is today. Which means free lunch… Oh, and player interviews, too. I should be writing something for the Associated Press soon about the upcoming season. It is possible I’ll have something online as soon as Tuesday night.