Those were the words of the commentator as the KU – Memphis NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game came to a close. For 20 long years, Jayhawkers have been waiting for a National Title, and in a game that will go down in history, we finally got it! Congratulations to the best basketball team in the nation, the University of Kansas Jayhawks.
Many people have asked, what is a Jayhawk? The Jayhawk is a cross between two common birds — the noisy blue jay and the quiet sparrow hawk. The term came to prominence just before the Civil War, in Bleeding Kansas, where it was adopted by militant abolitionist groups known as Jayhawkers. With the admission of Kansas as a free state in 1861, Jayhawker became synonymous with the people of Kansas. (Taken from Wikipedia)
Another interesting article describes the evolution of the Jayhawk mascot for the University of Kansas- The Legend of the Jayhawk.