LAWRENCE, Kan. — The “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” chant echoed across Massachusetts for another weekend. This time to honor the 2022 Men’s Basketball National Championship team.
The celebration wasn’t all about this team’s success. There was also a subtle tribute to the long success of the program, which many fans may have missed during the excitement.
Head coach Bill Self brought up the rear of the parade.
Unlike his players, he rode along the parade route in a classic ’58 Corvette Stingray. The car included a tribute with it as moved through the parade. It’s front license plate carrying the reminder, 88/08/22, marking the program’s last three NCAA Men’s Basketball National Titles.
The car itself is also entwined in Jayhawks history.
The Stingray is the same car Larry Brown rode in for the parade following the program’s Championship win in 1988. Self also rode in it during the 2008 parade, according to the university.
“That’s cool. There’ll be a lot of cool cars out there but there will not be one cooler than the one I’m riding in,” Self said.
The Stingray even impressed his players.
“Pretty special. I’d heard something about that. That’s special. He deserves it. There’s no body in the business better than him. Like I say he’s the GOAT,” Mitch Lightfoot, Kansas forward, said.
The car carried pictures of both Brown in 1988 and Self in 2008 as it drove down Massachusetts with a National Champion Coach for a third time.
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