The Kansas University men’s and women’s basketball teams will celebrate the beginning of the 2013-14 season a bit earlier this season, with the 29th annual Late Night in the Phog set for Friday, Oct. 4, in Allen Fieldhouse.
The 2013 Late Night in the Phog coincides with Kansas’ football Homecoming and K Club weekend when the Jayhawks will host Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 5.
The Oct. 4 date is earlier than past Late Nights as the NCAA recently moved the start of fall men’s basketball practice up by two weeks. Traditionally, the first men’s practice of the season has come on or around the weekend of Oct. 15. Women’s basketball practice moved to an earlier start to practice two seasons ago.
Late Night in the Phog is one of the most well-attended ‘midnight madness’ events in all of college basketball. Each year, some 16,000 fans pack into Allen Fieldhouse to catch an off-beat look at the Jayhawks and to get a sneak peek at the highly-touted newcomers. The first Late Night was in 1985 and called Late Night with Larry Brown.
The event will feature music by the KU pep band, skits by both basketball teams, video highlights from KU’s award-winning Rock Chalk Video department, coach and player introductions, scrimmages by the KU men’s and women’s teams and much more.
The NCAA membership changed practice dates to create a flexible preseason practice schedule that allows practice days and off days instead of the current schedule that leads to practice occurring every possible day. The more flexible approach provides coaches with the ability to determine how to use practice opportunities.