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The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas football dates back to 1890 and is one the oldest programs in the nation. Kansas played in the first nationally televised regular season game in in 1952 against TCU. Notable former players include Pro Football Hall of famers Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Mike McCormack, as well as All-Americans John Hadl, Dana Stubblefield, Bobby Douglass, Nolan Cromwell, Aqib Talib, and Anthony Collins. The Jayhawks have won one BCS bowl game, the 2008 Orange Bowl. The team currently plays in Memorial Stadium which seats 50,071 fans. The stadium opened in 1921, making it the seventh oldest college football stadium in the nation. Charlie Weis was named the head coach following the termination of Turner Gill on December 8, 2011.
KU's all-time record was 578–589–58 after the 2013 season. The program's all-time winning percentage fell below .500 during the 2012 season for the first time since the team finished its first year 1–2 in 1890.
Along with Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis, Kansas was a charter member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907. This conference eventually became today's Big 12 Conference, where Kansas is the only one of the five inaugural members still in the conference.