Jayhawkers: The True Story Of Phog Allen And Wilt Chamberlain

Jayhawkers: The True Story Of Phog Allen And Wilt Chamberlain

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By 1955 The University Of Kansas In Lawrence Had Become Wellknown Nationally Because James Naismith The Inventor Of The Nowpopular Sport Of Basketball Was Its Original Coach. His Protégé The Flamboyant Forrest C. “phog” Allen Was Renowned As The Father Of Basketball Coaching The Man Responsible For Getting The Game Into The Olympics And The Brains Behind The 1952 Ncaa National Championship Team. It Was Only Natural That The Greatest Players Would Be Interested In Donning A Ku Jayhawk Jersey. Prodded By The Youthful And Progressive Chancellor Franklin Murphy An Aging Phog Allen Put His Legendary Charm To The Test In His Efforts To Recruit A True Phenom From Philadelphia Wilt Chamberlain. By The Time He Was Ready For College There Was Already Something Mythical Surrounding The Handsome Enormous Powerful Brash Witty And Intelligent Young Man. Of Course Wilt Was Also Africanamerican. Teams Across The Country Wanted Him And Their Efforts Resulted In The First Modern Competitive Attempt To Land A Superstar. His Goals Were To Play In An Integrated Community And To Win A National Championship. To The Dismay Of More Prominent Colleges In Bigger Markets Ku Was His Final Choice — The Place Where He Could Learn From The Man Who Created The Modern Game And Learned Coaching From The Inventor Of Basketball Himself. There Was Simply No One Like Wilt Chamberlain. He So Frightened The Traditionalists That Rules Were Changed To Protect The Game. During His Years At Ku Hounded By The Media And Fans Alike Wilt Created A Second World In The Black Community Of Kansas City Jazz Music And Nightlife. Naive To The Institution Of Segregation Wilt Almost Left Kansas Before He Started When He Discovered That Lawrence Was A World Separated By Black And White. Directed By Oscarwinner Kevin Willmott (blackkklansmen) Jayhawkers Tells The Powerful Tale Of How A Small Group Of Unlikely Allies Modernized College Sports And Changed A Small Midwestern Town Serving As A Parallel To The Civil Rights Movement That Would Transform An Entire American Society.