To the editor:
Let me acknowledge first that Missouri University has a slightly better football team than we do. That is precisely why we should have never given up home-field advantage! Bill Snyder refused to give up home field for a road game at K-State as would have Mark Mangino if it were his decision.
If you weren't in Arrowhead Saturday night, you may not know what I mean by road game. After all, wasn't this designated as a home game for Kansas University? True, but someone forgot to tell the Missouri Tiger fans. ABC announced the crowd as about 50-50 at 7 p.m. True again, but there were still several thousand Missouri fans still trying to find their seats in a crush of people that was close to scary.
Anyone who was there knows that the stadium was at least 55 percent Mizzou. Did this matter? Maybe not, KU has upset "superior" teams many times at home due to our students and many fans that really get into the game. Additionally, does anyone think KU would have failed an unheard-of four times in the red zone in Memorial Stadium?
And if money is the only reason, what about the bigger money of playing this weekend in San Antonio or Jan. 7 in New Orleans?
Our kids worked their tail off to reach a near impossible goal. Our students, alums, and entire "Jayhawk Nation" supported them. We let them down.
Did we learn our lesson? I hope so, but I fear not.