Comp 1-Mrs. Dunker
The Kansas Jayhawks mascot was the first thing to catch my eye as I entered Allen Fieldhouse for the first time on January 20th, the day KU played against Baylor. The mascot was so big it stretched across the entire floor. Several other details seemed to catch my eye as well, like the glowing “KANSAS” letters that touched the wall next to the overpriced gift shop, the many show cases of KU basketball players and the illustrated sign that hung above the girls basketball show case that read, “Pay Heed, All Who Enter, Beware of the Phog”.
Forrest “Phog” Allen was born November 18,1885. Allen was a child when basketball was invented by James Naismith. At the age of 10 Allen formed a basketball team with his brothers leading him to play in 1904, when he became a student at the University of Kansas. His coach was James Naismith. “While Allen continued to play at KU he also coached the Baker University basketball team from 1905-1908.” (Allen Fieldhouse facts) While coaching at Baker, Naismith said basketball was a game to play “that needed no coach”. After, Allen became known as the “father of basketball coaching”. But in 1907, coach Naismith left the university and Allen took over as head coach for the Kansas Jayhawks his senior year. Overall, the Jayhawks won the championship having a 18-4 record that same year. Altogether Allen coached basketball for 50 seasons compiling A 746-264 record. “Phog” Allen has an all-time record for the most coaching wins among the college basketball coaches. He became a member of the basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. Today Allen Fieldhouse is labeled by many as one of the best places in America to watch a college basketball game.
James Naismith was born November 6,1861. In 1890, Naismith taught at YMCA International Training College in Massachusetts. While he was there, he was given 14 days to develop an indoor game that would capture the...
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