More than 100 former Kansas University basketball players turned out Saturday for a luncheon in honor of former Jayhawk head coach Dick Harp.
Bob Frederick, KU athletic director, and KU coach Roy Williams gave Harp a framed piece of the original Allen Fieldhouse floor with his name, coaching years and championships embedded around a Jayhawk.
Lawrence banker Bill Lienhard then announced creation of the Dick Harp Scholarship Fund, which will provide an annual grant to a student athlete of the 75-year-old former coach's choice. The grant will be funded by ex-players and friends of Harp.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Harp's last of eight years as head KU coach. Harp, a former KU player, served eight years as assistant coach before becoming head coach.
Broadcaster Max Falkenstien was master of ceremonies for the event, held at the Adams Alumni Center.
There were humorous talks of a "roast" nature by Jerry Waugh, former player and assistant coach under Harp; Jerry Gardner, who played for KU in the 1960s; Bill Mayer, who covered the Harp coaching years for the Lawrence Journal-World; Williams; and Frederick, former player and assistant under Harp.
Williams said a principal reason behind his decision to leave his job as assistant coach for the University of North Carolina was the reverence and love of KU he gained from Harp during Harp's four years as an administrative aide to UNC coach Dean Smith. Smith also played for Harp.
Harp said he had enjoyed many events involving KU basketball but that the tribute from his former players was "one of the greatest experiences I've had -- something Martha Sue (Harp's wife) and I will remember forever."