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KU-KSU football game officially moved to Thursday night

Jayhawks also release four gametimes; KU-MU to play at 11:30 a.m.

The Kansas and Kansas State University football teams will meet under the lights of Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Network.

The Kansas and Kansas State University football teams will meet under the lights of Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Network.

June 1, 2010, 10:13 a.m. Updated June 1, 2010, 3:43 p.m.


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Fans of the annual Sunflower Showdown between the Kansas University and Kansas State University football programs won't have to wait quite as long to see this year's game.

Sunflower Showdown game day changed

The annual Sunflower Showdown between KU and K-State football is being moved from a Saturday to a Thursday. The game will still be held at Memorial Stadium. Enlarge video

KU officials announced Tuesday that the 108th edition of the Sunflower Showdown, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, would be moved to Oct. 14 and would be shown on national television on Fox Sports Net.

Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence.

KU athletic director Lew Perkins said the change would bring great exposure to KU.

“It is exciting for this in-state rivalry to be featured nationally with the television exposure of a Thursday night game on FSN,” Perkins said. “This telecast will showcase the city of Lawrence and our great university.”

The KU-K-State football series is the nation’s fourth-longest uninterrupted series in the country. The two teams have played 98 straight years beginning in 1911. Kansas leads the all-time series 65-37-5, including a 37-15-2 mark in games played in Lawrence.

Kansas had won four of the last five meetings, including three straight before Kansas State defeated the Jayhawks, 17-10, in Manhattan last year. KU has won three consecutive matchups in Lawrence, including a 52-21 victory in 2008.

KU coach Turner Gill said he was excited about the schedule change for this year's contest.

“This gives us a chance to show the nation the great support of Kansas football fans,” Gill said. “It also benefits our students since school will be out Thursday and Friday.”

The Thursday game will be the second non-Saturday kickoff for the Jayhawks this fall. KU also will play a nonconference game at Southern Mississippi on Friday, Sept. 17. That game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Jayhawks open the season Sept. 4 at home against North Dakota State.

Additional times released

They might not have announced plans for conference expansion, but Big 12 officials Tuesday revealed an early look at the 2010 television schedule.

Eighteen games have been chosen as part of the Big 12 rights package, and Kansas University will be a part four of them.

Nonconference games against Georgia Tech (11 a.m., Sept. 11, at home) and Southern Miss (7 p.m., Sept. 17, away) will be shown on FSN and ESPN, respectively. Conference showdowns with Kansas State (6:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at home) and Missouri (11:30 a.m., Nov. 27, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.) also will be shown on FSN.


tpatt 7 years, 10 months ago

Who in the world thinks that this is a good idea? How much money is this going to cost all of the Lawrence businesses from lost income from all of the people who come in from out of town and spend all day saturday in town? Now everyone that isn't local has to hurry up and leave work early to try to get to the game on time and go home to get up for work friday. The students aren't the ones who spend all the money in Lawrence. Lew just wants to get his face on TV.

Jayhawk444 7 years, 10 months ago

IMO, consideration for the income of local businesses should be pretty low on the priority list. KU football does not exist primarily to jack up the local economy. Not that it shouldn't be on the consideration list somewhere...but if the exposure of a Thursday night national TV audience is good for the program, that clearly overrules the bottom line of local establishments.

All this said - I am a traditionalist. College football is played on Saturday afternoons. Maybe early evenings. But not mornings. And not on weekdays. I disapprove of this move.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 7 years, 10 months ago

On one hand, it will be nice because I will have a hangover on company time on Friday. On the other hand, I will have to take the day off or get drunk pretty quick...

Outsidelookingin 7 years, 10 months ago

This change will bring great exposure to KU... I thought KU had enough national exposure lately.

Shardwurm 7 years, 10 months ago

Perkins announced that tickets at the 50 yard line were only going for $123,000 each.

hail2oldku 7 years, 10 months ago

As much as this might suck for us working folks, this fits in pretty well with the campus calendar since it is the first day of the Fall Break.

I'll miss out on a little tailgating, but the atmosphere if the early evening games is always enjoyable. I'll probably need the following day off for recovery, something usually accomplished falling asleep in the recliner watching the Chiefs play on Sunday, but other than that I don't have a huge problem with this change.

kusp8 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad I read through to this comment before going off on my tirade about how this wasn't going to work well for students to be hungover on Friday, etc.

HOWEVER, this is STILL a problem for all of the support students, athletic trainers, student workers, etc. Also, it is a problem for the marching band and cheer leaders because of work and the fact that they might have to leave classes early in order to go to the game. Unfortunate Lew, unfortunate.

kusp8 7 years, 10 months ago

with a weekly Monday Night game for the NFL.

jfcm77 7 years, 10 months ago

And the Wednesday night game for Pentecostals.

greenworld 7 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like people pretty much will be stuck taking vacation time or calling in to work on friday which does what....penalizies the fan. You mean to tell me there are no timeslots for friday or saturday games that weekend...Let me guess Baylor vs Mizzou and Oklahoma vs Texas Tech take up the time slots for big 12 on Sat and Ku once again gets no tv time or here you guys play on thursday night. Isnt that kind of like getting seconds or thirds when your on a date...Bad Humor..sorry

7texdude 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, that Thursday night game cost every hotel in Lawrence two nights of sellouts. Way to go Lew! The groan you just heard was from the city tax man, Let's review, what elementary will close first?

Way to go Lew! You are a jackass!

CLARKKENT 7 years, 10 months ago




Danimal 7 years, 10 months ago

Lame, totally lame. Lew Perkins has managed to take the two biggest rivalries on KU's schedule and ruin them. Playing Mizzou at Arrowhead is kind of fun, but I'd rather see them on a crisp fall morning at Memorial Stadium. And the same thing is true with KSU at KU. I'm a huge fan of college football, but I rarely watch it on a Thursday night. Getting your program on national TV is always a good thing, but I doubt there are a lot of people who don't have roots in Kansas that will tune in to watch to unranked teams on a Thursday night. Maybe there are people who will take the day off and tailgate like it's a Saturday? Otherwise it's going to look great when we have a half empty, or even worse a half-purple, stadium.

Alabamastreet 7 years, 10 months ago

I've been to a couple of Thursday night games over the years, they are a lot of fun. The last one was in Columbia, Mo. in an ice storm. The good news is we'll have a ton of students there, and there is a fair chance if the game is close that they'll stick around because its K-State. This also makes the KU side of the crowd larger, harder for KSU folk to get to Lawrence on a Thursday night.

Good move, sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I've got it circled on my calendar. Let's hope for a big win, KU definitely needs it!

PS, if things hold to form, late night at the Phog will be on Friday night after this game, what a weekend for KU!

truman1902 7 years, 10 months ago

We're doing this for FOX SPORTS?? CBS, ESPN maybe, but FOX?? Rock Chalk Thursdays just doesn't float my boat!

newmedia 7 years, 10 months ago

No additional pressure for the Hawks to win this one with the increased exposure !!

ravenjayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

When does a thorough investagation start of the athletic dept. leadership? Hope it is soon and not by friends of the program. Too much continual drama from athletic dept.

nytemayr 7 years, 10 months ago

Lew why isn't this game at ARROWHEAD???

killjoy 7 years, 10 months ago

I've been to several Thursday night games and it sucks. First of all, this is the K-State game, not Florida State. I want to tailgate with as many KSU fans in attendance (OK, not as many as Nebraska brings) as almost possible. It makes winning that much sweeter. Now the KSU game NEEDS to be played during the daylight because their fans are only second to Mizzou's fans in the amount of vandalism they commit.

This is just one more STUPID idea during Lew Perkin's time in Kansas. I hope he can be forced to resign or is found guilty of contract violation so we don't pay him off.

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