Since my blog has been flooded with as many as ZERO comments per post, I think I should let all inquiring minds know I am a former beat writer of the Jayhawks.
I covered the volleyball team in 2003, and was the sidebar reporter for the men's basketball team in 2004. My highlights as a reporter were traveling to Malibu to cover the first NCAA tournament appearance for a Jayhawk volleyball team. They defeated Long Beach St. in the first round. It was a great trip to take, especially in December!
The first basketball game I covered was at Allen Fieldhouse against the Richmond Spiders. Although I was not a Spiders' fan, I did grow up 30 minutes south of Richmond in Chester, VA. U of R hung around all game and eventually won when Tony Dobbins hit a 15-foot fade away with less than two seconds left. The crowd was stunned, and while I didn't want my school to lose, it was pretty neat to watch my "hometown" team come into Allen and win. Plus I'm pretty sure I saw myself on ESPN later than night.
A local radio station I was an intern for one day made the trip, and they had me on air when they were live from a Salty Iguana restaurant in Lawrence. I interviewed Dobbins after the game, and he told me he "knew it was going in." Of course he is going to say that, whether he did or not it doesn't matter. He will remember that shot the rest of his life.