HRES 948 EH
Whereas on January 3, 2008, the University of Kansas (KU) football team won the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl, defeating Virginia Tech by a score of 24 to 21 for the first major bowl victory in university history;
Whereas the KU football team won 12 games this season to set a school record;
Whereas KU ranked seventh in the final Top 25 polls released on January 8, 2008, for the second highest final ranking in school history (the school ranked sixth in 1968);
Whereas the KU football team reached a number 2 ranking on November 18, 2007, their highest national ranking in program history;
Whereas the KU team set the school record for points, an average of 42.77 points per game, and total yards (479.77 yards);
Whereas KU was the only school in the country to rank in the top 5 nationally in both scoring offense (second) and scoring defense (fifth);
Whereas Head Coach Mark Mangino was awarded multiple national coach of the year honors;
Whereas Head Coach Mark Mangino has produced a minimum of 6 wins in 3 straight seasons for the first time in 46 years for the KU football program;
Whereas the KU football team produced 2 first-team All-Americans, cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive tackle Anthony Collins, and 1 second-team All-American in defensive tackle James McClinton; and
Whereas the KU football team was also honored to have 2 Academic All-America recipients on the team, Russell Brorsen and John Larson: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) congratulates and commends the University of Kansas football team for winning the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl and for having the most successful year in program history;
(2) recognizes the significant achievements of the players, coaches, students, alumni, and support staff whose dedication and hard work helped the University of Kansas football team win the FedEx Orange Bowl; and
(3) respectfully requests the Clerk of the House of Representatives to transmit enrolled copies of this resolution to the following individuals for display:
(A) Robert Hemenway, Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
(B) Richard Lariviere, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
(C) Lew Perkins, Athletics Director of the University of Kansas.
(D) Mark Mangino, Head Coach.