Kansas Jayhawks: Your East Coast Travel Intinerary This Fall


For crimson and blue fans that have relocated away from Lawrence, few things are more exciting than the chance to see the Kansas Jayhawks make a road trip in their non-Midwest neck of the woods. Fortunately for those of us on the East Coast, there are a couple of opportunities this weekend to see the Jayhawks in action.

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Coming off a 34-28 victory over the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, the Kansas football team travels to Durham, N.C. this Saturday in its return game against Duke.

The Blue Devils finished  10-4 last year, giving the Texas A&M Aggies much more of a bowl game than many expected, and enter this week’s tilt at 2-0 after a 34-17 victory over Troy last week. While Duke started the game against the Trojans slowly, they will be a much stiffer test than the Redhawks were in Lawrence.

If you can’t make the 4 – 8 hour drive from the upper northeast, don’t fret, as the game will be available on ESPN3 and the ACC Regional Sports Network (2:30 EST). While it would be nice to hope for a similar outcome to the 2009 meeting between these two teams, I think most KU fans would be happy with a rare road victory as a sign of progress.

And let’s not forget about other fall sports as the #24 Kansas Jayhawks volleyball team takes its 5-1 record to Pennsylvania against some stout competition in the Villanova Classic. Featuring bouts against host school Villanova, Yale, American (which is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll) and #3 Penn State (defending national champion) this early season tournament will definitely get KU ready for the arduous Big 12 conference season which kicks off September 27th at Oklahoma.

The men’s basketball team makes a few trips back east this fall. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

But if this weekend is too short of notice, don’t worry, as there are plenty more chances to see the Jayhawks in action near the Atlantic coast. Coach Charlie Weis brings the Jayhawks to Morgantown, W.V. on October 15th to try and repeat its upset of the Mountaineers on the gridiron.

Though if you need plenty of notice, the men’s basketball team will be on the East Cost several times during its non-conference slate.

The Orlando Classic boasts a strong field, including potential match-ups with Tennessee and perennial B1G Ten power Michigan State (November 27, 28, 30).

Trips to Washington, D.C. to face Georgetown (December 10) and Philadelphia to battle Temple (December 22) offer more opportunities for Kansas Jayhawks to see heralded recruits Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre try to replace the production of departed freshman stars Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.

Granted, it may not be the same as stomping the bleachers in Horejsi, checking out the newly track-less Kivisto Field, or shredding copies of the Kansan in preparation of the starting lineup in Allen Fieldhouse.

However, the knowing nod to a fellow Jayhawk clad in crimson and blue while in enemy territory and the jolt you feel when you hear “Rock Chalk” yelled while climbing to your seats in an unfamiliar arena help even the most remote KU fan feel at home.