Students and anyone else attending this Saturday's Kansas University football game looking for a different kickoff chant now have a new option.
After nearly a full week of polling students, KU's student newspaper unveiled its winning slogan:
"Kayyyyyyy (kick) Youuuuuuu!"
That was the overwhelming selection among online voters at The University Daily Kansan's Web site Thursday. The new chant is meant to replace the pesky "Rip his (expletive) head off" chant that persists in the student section during every KU kickoff.
It beat its competitor, "Goooooo : Jayhawks!" by a final tally of 271 votes to just 61.
Kansan editor Matt Erickson said the newspaper would promote the winner of the chant in the paper and on its Web site.
Jim Marchiony, an athletics department spokesman, said his department had plans to place the winning chant on scoreboard ribbons on the north end of Memorial Stadium on Saturday if the message could be arranged in time.
"It's been a student-led initiative," Marchiony said. "We're just watching."
The entire process left students on campus feeling a little underwhelmed Thursday.
Junior Adam Wood didn't mince words when it came to the new options presented by the paper, citing a video sent out by head football coach Mark Mangino to students asking them to stop the chant.
"The one thing I noticed," Wood said, "when I went on the Kansan Web site to look at the options is that they all kind of seemed a little generic, and I thought that was funny seeing that Mangino was saying that we can be more creative than that. Apparently not."
Beatrice Bonanno, a senior, chided the existing chant.
"I think eventually as classes move on and graduate and new people come in, maybe the more suggested chants will become adopted as the old one gets pushed out."