KU football sports new looks
The Jayhawks will start the 2002 season with a new coach,
new playbook, even new uniforms, all of which were formally
introduced at Memorial Stadium during the April 26 game
in reality, an extended scrimmage that concluded coach
Mark Mangino's first month of spring drills.
Mangino comes to KU from the Univerity of Oklahoma, where
he was offensive coordinator for the Sooners' undefeated,
national-championship team in 2000. He immediately stamped
his KU era by unveiling new uniforms that will debut in the
fall: home jerseys will be a darker navy, and helmets in the
same "Jayhawk blue" that will feature a large, white
KU decal with a red stripe. The overall look resembles the
classic uniforms worn by the NFL's New York Giants.
Greg Cole and wide receiver Harrison Hill model the new
More important changes await. Mangino must choose a new quarterback,
a job that for now appears to be between Zach Dyer, an occasional
starter last year, and junior-clllege transfer Bill Whittemore.
While running back Reggie Duncan returns, Mangino is also
closely watching Clark Green, who reportedly has impressed
Mangino with his blocking abilities. (With an inexperienced
offensivve line, the quarterback will need all the protection
he can get.) On defense, one of the biggest questions is the
line. Inside word is that tackle Brock Teddleton is slimmed
down and playing well, and could be the interior force the
Jayhawks need to shore up their defense.
The Mangino era officially begins Aug. 31, when the Jayhawks
open with a Big 12 road game at Iowa State.
Zach Dyer throws downfield during spring practice's concluding
scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.