NCAA President Mark Emmert accidentally calls Kansas the ‘Kansas City Jayhawks’

Minutes after the Kansas men’s basketball team took down North Carolina to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament championship, Jayhawks players and coaches took to the stage on the court to hoist the trophy.

NCAA President Mark Emmert, there to help present the trophy to one of college basketball’s blue-bloods, committed quite the gaffe in the process of awarding the championship trophy.

“This fanbase is extraordinary. We’re so excited for you. Here to present the trophy is the head of the basketball committee, Tom Burnett, to Coach Self and the Kansas City Jayhawks.”.


Right as he uttered “Kansas City Jayhawks,” Emmert corrected himself.

“The University of Kansas Jayhawks,” he quickly added.

Kansas defeated North Carolina 72-69 in the title game, overcoming a 16-point deficit to win the championship. It’s the largest comeback in NCAA championship game history.

Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83 or reach him at [email protected].

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