25 years ago: Valesente hired as new KU football coach

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 14, 1985:

  • Less than 36 hours after Kansas University football coach Mike Gottfried had been named head coach at Pittsburgh, Bob Valesente accepted KU’s offer for the vacant position. Valesente had spent two decades as an assistant coach, including time as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at KU under Gottfried.
  • Winter was still a week away, but the Douglas County Public Works director said that recent snow and ice removal had already cost the county about $17,500. The amount included the cost of sand and salt, fuel for county vehicles, and overtime pay for crews to remove ice and snow during three recent storms.
  • Increasing enrollment in Lawrence schools was expected to compound an already existing problem with the grade school art program. At that time there were two art consultants for 4,054 grade school students. The Committee for the Advancement of Visual Arts was asking that enough specialists be hired so that elementary students could have an art teacher for 50 minutes each week. In 1985, the average annual starting salary for an art teacher would have been $22,224.