Rock Chalk Jayhawk Means Showtime

By Chris Farrell - October 12, 2007


LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The most haunting and revered chant in all of college basketball is the Rock Chalk. Prior to the Jayhawks taking the floor for their scrimmage 19,000 people slowly chant "Rock, Chalk, JAYHAWK, KU" three times. It is a chant many teams have heard as they watch the clock slowly run out in a defeat to the Kansas Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse.

The lights just went out and the energy level just went through the roof. Every fan young and old is on their feet in anticipation of the introduction of the players. Meanwhile, a historic montage featuring the highlights of KU basketball from the first coach Dr. James Naismith, to Phog Allen, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry brown and Bill Self. Oddly they skipped over the Roy Williams years.

Aerosmith's "Dream On" plays through the championship highlights of the 1952 and 1988 national championships, along with recent highlights.

Honestly, it's pretty incredible, I think I just saw a tear roll down Danny Manning's cheek.

Watch Here

Posted by Chris Farrell at 09:58 PM on October 12, 2007
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