Kansas University Employs Senior Citizen Spies To Make Sure Student Athletes Go To Class


Playing basketball at Kansas has never been easy: There’s the pressure to uphold one of the greatest college-basketball traditions in the country, the fear of letting down 16,000 fans trying desperately to make their arms look like “waving wheat,” and, of course, the unsettling possibility that a tornado could tear through campus.

But lately it’s gotten even tougher. Between their scheduled games each week, the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks must contend with some of the least forgiving, most experienced and hardest-to-outsmart opponents in college sports: a brigade of senior citizens hell-bent on making sure they go to class—and stay there.

“They’re sneaky sometimes—they’ll get you,” said freshman guard Royce Woolridge on a recent chilly Monday, strolling out of a classroom that a slim, grey-haired 63-year-old man had slinked by several times in an effort to determine whether Mr. Woolridge was sitting in the very back row, and if so, whether he was awake.

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