2011
04.03

By LINDSAY H. JONES
The Denver Post

Rich Clarkson and his childhood pals followed the unmistakable thump thump thump up three flights of stairs until they reached a set of beaten-up wooden doors. The 7-year-old boys peered through the window and, sure enough, found what they were looking for. Through the glass, they saw them, the 1939 Kansas Jayhawks, in the middle of an early-season practice inside Robinson Gymnasium on the KU campus in Lawrence. Feeling brave, the boys pushed open the doors, sneaked inside and quietly took a seat on the gym floor against the back wall.

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