I love watching the Jayhawks tipoff inside Allen Fieldhouse … love the “Beware of the Phog” sign in the rafters (it should be larger) … and my favorite KU mascot is Baby Jay. (How can you not love it strutting around with its little 1/2 jersey??)
While my heart will always belong to the Jayhawks, I am THRILLED that the Wichita State Shockers are the only remaining undefeated NCAA basketball team in the country this season. I love that there’s another Kansas team experiencing success. I grew up near Wichita. My mom earned her Master’s Degree from WSU. But the big rivalry was always KU vs. K-State. (No mention of Mizzou in my hometown.) WSU barely got a mention.
I get it. Wichita State is in a different conference. The University dropped its football program way back in the day. Its basketball team couldn’t compete. Well, until recently. It’s giving sports fans in Wichita — and across the state — another reason to cheer. I hope it will help create even more basketball fans. Because the sport is fantastic. (Well, until you hit the NBA, at least in my opinion, but that’s for another time.)
So yeah, I’ll still be waving the wheat for the Jayhawks. But a tiny bit will also be waving for the Shockers.