Kansas Fans Turn Out in Droves For Parade, Celebration

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ In possibly the biggest celebration in Lawrence history, a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 lined today to honor the Kansas Jayhawks.

Fans stood ten deep, or climbed trees and on rooftops to see coach Bill Self, Mario Chalmers and the rest of the team that beat Memphis 75-68 to win the NCAA championship.

Fans implored Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur, who both may enter the NBA draft, to stay one more year as their cars passed by.

Behind the school's band and cheerleaders, Russell Robinson, the Jayhawks' senior leader, rode in the parade's last car and held the championship trophy for everyone to see.

After the parade, fans gathered in Allen Fieldhouse for an awards ceremony that capped off one of the greatest seasons in school history.

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