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Shaquille O'Neal, aka DJ Diesel, to be featured performer at Late Night in the Phog

Former NBA basketball player Shaquille O' Neal DJ's at Shaq's Fun House, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Miami. This carnival themed music festival is one of numerous events taking place in advance of Miami hosting Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

As if unveiling the newest championship banner and handing out NCAA title rings to the returning players was not big enough for this year’s Late Night in the Phog, Kansas Athletics has added a little more physical size to the event, as well.

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, now known as “DJ Diesel,” will be this year's featured performer, hosting what a KU news release called, “an energetic and fast-paced set on James Naismith Court in front of a frenzied Allen Fieldhouse crowd.”

The fun is slated for Friday, Oct. 14, when the KU men’s and women’s basketball teams will usher in the unofficial start of the 2022-23 season with scrimmages, skits and more.

During DJ Diesel’s performance, Allen Fieldhouse will be staged in a different manner than in the past, and other interactive entertainment will be featured during O’Neal’s set.

O’Neal began composing rap music in 1993. In addition to his Hall of Fame basketball career, during which he won four NBA titles and MVP honors in 2000, O’Neal has been featured in movies, on television, in video games and more.

This year’s event again will feature the Phog Fest on the front law of Allen Fieldhouse, beginning at 2 p.m. Students will be allowed to enter Allen Fieldhouse at 4:45 p.m., with gates for the general public opening at 5 p.m.

Admission to Late Night will continue to be free for fans, however, tickets will have to be claimed online in advance, with all seats outside of the student section being reserved.

Reserved tickets will be made available to all Williams Education Fund members first, beginning Wednesday. The remaining inventory will be made available to the general public start on Oct. 4.

A KU spokesperson told the Journal-World that the ticket office will contact each of the following groups during their reservation windows and that the general public can call the office or visit KUathletics.com.

Ticket Reservation Timeline:

• Hall of Fame Donors and Student Combo Pass Holders: Wednesday, Sept. 28

• Champion Donors: Thursday, Sept. 29

• Olympian to Legend Donors: Friday, Sept. 30

• MVP to Outland Donors, Faculty/Staff and General Student Body: Monday, Oct. 3

• General Public: Tuesday, Oct. 4

Fans are once again encouraged to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated Just Food of Douglas County. Kansas Athletics will be collecting food and donations throughout the day.

Free parking will be available in Lot 90, east and south of Allen Fieldhouse across Naismith Drive, beginning at noon. Fans also may park in in the parking garage just north of Allen Fieldhouse, with hourly rates applying until 4 p.m. and a fee of $5 per car after 4 p.m.

This year’s Late Night in the Phog will be the 38th annual edition of the season tip-off and it is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

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Jonathan Allison

Nice!

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Kevin Boone

Do you know if it will once again be available for streaming on ESPN+ or another platform?

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James Miller

Shaqalicious!!! Is he bringing Fu Shnickins?

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Bryce Landon

Nice to know KU is brining in a former LSU star to Late Night...

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Dirk Medema

Shaq is fun.

Was he an lsu star? Interesting perspective.

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Dirk Medema

If we can hire an OSU alum, a tar heel, and another Tar Heel, we should be able to put up with a tiger in the Phog for an evening.

Besides, a couple decades in the nba would seem to trump what little time he spent in Baton Rouge.

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Bryce Landon

Interestingly, Kansas and LSU met in the 1989-90 season when Shaq was in a Tigers uniform. KU beat #2-ranked LSU 89-83 in Baton Rouge in Shaq's second game with LSU in the quarterfinal round of the Preseason NIT en route to winning the entire tournament. Shaq fouled out of that game with 3:42 remaining. As a result of that and a win over #1 UNLV in the semifinals, KU, picked to finish sixth in the Big Eight, rocketed to #4 in the AP poll after not getting any votes in the poll to start the season.

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Robert Brock

Too commercial - bring back Snoop Dogg and the pole dancers!

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Dirk Medema

Good history Bryce.

That was Coach Williams’ 2nd year at KU after the post-championship ban. It was a record for largest unranked to ranked jump after beating the 2nd, 1st, and 25th ranked teams. We remained in the top two for the remainder of the regular season, and was the beginning of the record 31 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances that as of the 2022 tournament. That was also the year of the 150–95 victory over Kentucky, the worst defeat in Kentucky's history.

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Ryan Mullen

I wonder if he will play, "Hey Kobe tell me".?

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Jonathan Allison

my favorite Shaq track. Sadly, now it doesn't conform to the current thing. I'm sure it's been cancelled since Kobe's retirement and untimely passing.

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Joseph Bullock

Shaq! The players will love it, and having him just might help us snag a couple recruits that come to Late Night! Really Smart move! Rock Chalk!

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Jonathan Allison

The players and recruits probably know Shaq more for his role with the NBA on TNT than for his actually NBA Hall of Fame career (let alone his college days at LSU). To the kids today he probably is an artifact from the age of physical big men who didn't have to be able to shoot. They wouldn't remember him as one of the 2 or 3 most dominant players in the NBA from around 1995 until around 2003. He was a force of nature, but he's really become way more famous as a studio TV host. I love watching him and Barkley going after eachother on set. Also Shaqtin' a Fool is immensely popular.

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Jonny Swift

Lol this article makes it seem like he will be playing rap and hip-hop, even more so because Late Night has always had rappers in recent years. Nope - DJ Diesel plays SUPER heavy dubstep and bass music. I think most of the crowd will be in for a rude awakening haha.

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Jonathan Allison

I think most of the crowd won't care at all and will just be pumped for Late Night in the Phog and for Shaq.

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Bill Kiekel

Some great comments here especially those History lessons from Dirk & Bryce !
Thanks for posting.

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Scott MacWilliams

We went to the 1991 Final Four in Indianapolis, & Shaq was there, up in the nosebleed section next to ours. Wasn't quite so wide-body then...

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