Nebraska’s move a sour note for KU fight song

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“Somehow,” Lawrence said after a long pause, “the geographical relationship and the history with Texas Tech is nowhere close.”

The words to “I’m A Jayhawk” are rarely sung at games. Instead, fans clap along with “I’m A Jayhawk” and belt out the signature “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” chant.

Still, the words of the fight song are near and dear to the hearts of Jayhawks. A number of alumni stung in June by the news of Nebraska’s looming departure raised the issue with Corbett.

The Jayhawks and Huskers have played 104 straight years in football, the nation’s longest continuous series, and 116 times since 1892.

“If they’re not in our conference, they’re not in our fight song,” Corbett said, summarizing the e-mails and letters he received.

Not every school tinkers with tradition when things change, said Brandon German, whose website 1122productions.com/fightsongs features the lyrics of 428 college fight songs.

The computer programmer from Birmingham, Ala., pointed out that his alma mater, Alabama, still refers to Georgia and Georgia Tech in its fight song. That’s the case even though Auburn, which gets nary a mention, is the Crimson Tide’s chief rival and meetings with the Yellow Jackets are rare nowadays.

“The only time we might play Georgia Tech is in a bowl game,” German said, “but the song was written that way and it still is tradition. People are careful about playing around with traditions that go back 100 years in a lot of cases.”

It’s a good thing Texas A&M and Texas didn’t part ways when conferences realigned. The “Aggie War Hymn” is not subtle about A&M’s obsession with beating the Longhorns.

Such in-state rivalries hold a special place, even when the schools aren’t in the same conference, German said. Consider Georgia Tech’s “White & Gold,” which cries, “We’ll drop our battle axe on Georgia’s head, CHOP.”

“Kind of macabre, isn’t it?” German said.

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Kansas fight song lyrics: http://www.kuathletics.com/trads/kan-fight-song.html

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