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25 years ago: Jayhawks honored at White House reception

April 11, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 11, 1988:

The Kansas men's basketball team was enjoying a whirlwind one-day tour of the nation's capital this week, beginning with a reception in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, where U.S. Sen. Bob Dole had welcomed the crowd of about 200 Jayhawk fans from the D.C. area and said that KU's championship game against Oklahoma had been "one of the most inspirational team efforts we have seen for a very long time." The team then moved on to the White House, where they were greeted by President Reagan in a Rose Garden reception. Danny Manning, who needed to bend down to speak into the microphone, thanked the president and his staff before presenting Reagan with a Kansas letter jacket on behalf of the team. After some complimentary words to the players, Reagan added to coach Larry Brown, "Next year, I'm the only one moving back to California" -- a reference to the coach's recent decision to turn down a coaching job at UCLA.

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