Pepper Rodgers was making plans for the 1968 Kansas football season after finishing with a 5-5 record in his first season here. KU had salved some of its wounds regarding the .500 season of 1967 by whipping Missouri 17-6 before about 43,000 spectators in the season finale here. Meanwhile, the Kansas basketball team had defeated Cincinnati and Texas A & M after a 1-2 start under coach Ted Owens. The losses had been to Louisville and Chicago Loyola.
The city of Lawrence was studying a stop-gap measure to relieve crowding at the inadequate city hall at 11th and Massachusetts. City officials leased two floors of the First National Bank building at Ninth and Massachusetts for offices to handle the overflow.