TIGER KICKOFF: Fast facts about this week's opponent, Kansas

Thursday, November 24, 2011 | 11:30 p.m. CST

Location: Lawrence, Kan. (165 miles west of Columbia by car, 156 miles as the crow flies)

Enrollment: 28,718 undergraduates and graduates (includes Lawrence, Edwards and Medical Center campuses)

Borderline dispute

In 1960, No. 11 Kansas defeated No. 1 Missouri 23-7 in the regular season finale, torpedoing the Tigers' chances at their first national championship. The Tigers went on to defeat Navy in the Orange Bowl and finish coach Dan Devine's greatest season as head coach in strong fashion.

There was only one problem. That problem was Bert Coan.

Coan, who had nine carries for 67 yards against Missouri in 1960, had transferred from TCU and amid allegations that KU had illegally persuaded him to do so, the Big 8 voted later to forfeit the game to Missouri.

That left the Tigers with an "undefeated season," and leaves the total series at 56-54-9.

Kansas doesn't see it that way.

The Jayhawks list the game as a victory in their media guide, and the all-time series at 55-55-9.

Depending on who you believe, Saturday's game could be the ultimate tiebreaker. Missouri can put an end to the debate of who's ahead overall with a win Saturday, no matter whose media guide you're looking at.

World's Greatest?

The KU website bills the university's "Rock Chalk" chant as the "World's Greatest College Cheer." It began in 1886 when a few KU professors were on their way back from a conference and talked of the need "for a good rousing yell." According to the website, Teddy Roosevelt pronounced it the greatest college chant he had ever heard. At the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, the King of Belgium asked for a typical American college chant, and ended up with "Rock Chalk."

In the original version, "Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU" was repeated three times. The rahs were later replaced by "Rock Chalk," a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus.

To put your minds at ease as far as the King of Belgium and Teddy Roosevelt go, the "MIZ ... ZOU" chant didn't come into existence until the mid 1960s, according to the Tiger Quarterback Club.

Biting the hand that fed you

Since 1967, only one KU head coach has left the school with a winning record: Mark Mangino. Mangino resigned after the 2009 season after allegations arose that he was verbally and physically abusing players.

New coach Turner Gill has had no such allegations but has had no such success either. Gill is 5-18 at KU, and the Jayhawks have recorded just one conference win since his arrival.

International ambassadors

On Nov. 28, 2006, Kansas became the first team in the Big 12 to broadcast one of its basketball games in Chinese. Zhiqun "James" Liang and Sheree Willis called the game, which was streamed on KU's website.

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