There are only so many ways that you can write "Kansas is very, very good at basketball" That's a cross we writers have to bear (cue the violins).
There are always plenty of side stories, of course. In previous seasons, many of KU's extra-courticular activities brought negative attention, like fights between the football and basketball teams, Tyshawn Taylor's social media meltdowns, and the athletic department ticket scandal. This season, there has been the heartbreaking story of multiple deaths in Thomas Robinson's family, which has dominated the thoughts and concerns of outside observers.
This week, however, things are downright jocular. First, we got this Wall Street Journal article about how KU employs Abe Simpson and Hans Moleman* to make sure players go to class.
Hard on the heels of that heartwarming story about grown men requiring the help of elderly truant officers to get through college comes this video shared by the Lawrence Journal-World. It's a Glee world, and we just live in it, apparently.
I'm trying to imagine what Phog Allen would say if he saw this happen in the Field House that bears his name. Best case scenario is probably a gruff chuckle and some kind of remark about horseplay, foolishness or monkeyshines.
Seriously, though. All in good fun, and the current generation of fans seems to love it. The mob wore red shirts advocating the university's Buddy System, which is explained further in the original article:
Frank DeSalvo, associate vice provost for student success, helps oversee the Jayhawk Buddy System. He said the idea came from the campaign’s student advisory board.
The buddy system encourages students to pair up when going out in the hopes that their peers will keep them safe and discourage them from participating in bad behaviors, like excessive drinking.
Fair enough, though that sounds like the exact opposite of how the buddy system functioned during my college days.
*not their real names, nor are any class-checkers yellow or short on digits to my knowledge.