This Week in KU History

Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born in 1861. Coach Terry Allen was fired just last year.

Terry Allen was fired as the head football coach for the University of Kansas on November 4, 2001 after a particularly humiliating 51-7 loss to Nebraska. This mid-season dismissal was applauded by some, but caused a brief public spat between Al "The CEO" Bohl and "Smiling Face" Roy Williams. Allen was eventually replaced by Mark Mangino, who led the Jayhawks to a humiliating 64-0 loss to K-State precisely one year later.

The father of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, was born in Canada on November 6th, 1861. He was orphaned at the age of ten. Naismith created the game of basketball in Springfield, MA using a soccer ball, two peach baskets, and his handwritten Thirteen Rules of Basketball. Naismith has the distinction of not only serving as the first head coach for Kansas from 1898-1907, but also the only coach with a losing record. Naismith died in 1939 and was buried in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery.

On November 4th, 1957 The Wizard of Oz debuted on television. 45 million viewers tuned into CBS for the movie. Without this classic piece of film thousands of opposing fans would be forced to write something more creative than "You're not in Kansas any more" on signs at sporting events.

Flashback: November 3rd, 1999
Roy Williams Press Conference Quotes

On injuries. "We are sorry and feel badly about the fact that Luke (Axtell) is hurt and that Lester (Earl) is hurt. We hope that both of these will be short term deals."

On the upcoming exhibition game. "I think it is better to go in there and not know what you are going to get and see if you can make adjustments out there on the court, since you have to do that so many times once you do start playing."

On the three freshman. "They're not young and restless, they're young and hungry. Kirk (Hinrich) and Nick (Collison) are really fortunate to have been around the gym their whole lives and around coaches their whole lives. Drew's dad did some nice things with him, he was a basketball player. I've probably yelled at Drew more than the rest of the team put together, but the little rascal has made some plays that have makes me shut up."

Also this week in sports:

11.5.94 - George Foreman, became boxing's oldest heavyweight champion at age 45. He knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round

11.5.59 - The American Football League was formed.

11.6.96 - Michael Jordan scored 50 points for the 29th time in his NBA career. Roy Williams helped recruit Jordan who played for North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to a 1982 championship.

11.7.91 - Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for HIV, and that he was retiring from basketball.

11.9.97 - Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in nine straight seasons. In the same game Sanders passed took over third place on the all-time rushing list. Sanders attended high school in Wichita, KS and played for Oklahoma State University. He was the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner. Top Stories