Archive for Monday, November 14, 2011

Heard on the Hill: Mizzou newspaper blames end of rivalry on KU; lecturer Bernie Kish earns HOPE award; Monarch waystations find their way to Indiana, far reaches of the globe

Bernie Kish, KU lecturer in health, sport and exercise science, was the recipient of the 2011 HOPE, or Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator, Award during halftime of the game Saturday.

Bernie Kish, KU lecturer in health, sport and exercise science, was the recipient of the 2011 HOPE, or Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator, Award during halftime of the game Saturday.

November 14, 2011


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• The death of the MU-KU rivalry, yeah that’s KU’s fault. So says the Maneater, a student newspaper at the University of Missouri.

The editorial picks up on comments from KU’s chancellor saying the school was sorry to see the rivalry end, and basketball coach Bill Self saying the majority of KU fans don’t “give a flip” about playing Missouri.

“Both statements give off a defeatist attitude and indicate the KU administration is out of touch with the reality of rivalries in college athletics,” the editorial says. “There is no rule, written or unwritten, that mandates a rivalry can only be sustained if both schools are in the same conference.”

Missouri’s leaving the Big 12 Conference has already attracted a fair bit of snippy comments and rancor on both sides.

There was, of course, this tweet from KU’s official KU News Twitter account that attracted a fair amount of attention, too.

The tweet from KU's official account got attention.

The tweet from KU's official account got attention.

It’s these kinds of back-and-forth exchanges that make me think this rivalry will stay alive and well even if these two teams don’t play for some time.

• Here’s some Heard on the Hill kudos for Bernie Kish, a lecturer in the department of health, sport and exercise sciences, who received the annual HOPE award at Saturday’s football game.

The HOPE award is a pretty nice honor. Established by the Class of 1959, it's an honor for teaching excellence given to faculty entirely by students.

I attended the football game on Saturday, and, sadly, the result on the field wasn’t as happy, to put it mildly.

• The Times of Northwest Indiana wrote a bit about the monarch butterfly waystations in the area, a project of KU’s Monarch Watch program.

Monarch folks around the country have more than 5,000 waystations, which are gardens that have plants friendly to monarchs in support of their migration, and the Times reported that about 200 of those are in Indiana.

Here’s the complete list. It shows waystations in places outside the country, too, like Grand Bahama Island, Rockingham, Australia.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 5 months ago

If we need a Missouri game, let us schedule Missouri State; they are an up and coming program and have recently had major upgrades of their facilities. The reason Missouri State is lagging behind is due to the subservient role that they have to Columbia. The Missouri system has a President housed in Columbia that has control over the other schools in the system; this is especially detrimental to UMKC and Missouri State. It is apparent the MU does not want any in-state competition.


JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 5 months ago

To me, mizzou asking KU to keep playing them is like a divorced man asking his ex-wife for sex. It ain't gunna happen...


classclown 2 years, 5 months ago

Every sports pundit in the country has chided KU for its pettiness over the matter.


nixon00 2 years, 5 months ago

I grew up in Lawrence and am a die hard KU fan, but I have also lived in Alabama for the past 11 years, and I have news for MU...You will never survive the SEC football season. I am sorry, but they will destroy you. You may have better luck in basketball, but if you make it far enough you will still get desroyed by KU during March Madness. Bad move.


gorilla10 2 years, 5 months ago

If KU asked MU to keep the rivalry going they would say yes in a second......Sorry MU, we don't need you as much as you need us!!!


tbinch 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey, canusayduh, if you don't care why are you reading the Lawrence newspaper!! DUH!


canusayduh 2 years, 5 months ago

Finally some common sense!! I am so tired of the whiners at KU and the sense of entitlement that goes with it. MU realized that the conference is totally unstable and decided to leave. Pick up any other team you want. We don't really care!


LogicMan 2 years, 5 months ago

Is our FB nonconference schedule already contracted-out for next year? If so, there's no chance for an MU/KU game except for an unlikely bowl matchup.

I read that the Arrowhead contract has another year to go, and if we don't have a slot, I don't see how we could play MU there. Maybe ISU or WVU instead? One year only, then home-and-home games forever.

But I could see what someone else suggested: KU playing in an annual early season BB tournament in KC with MU, NU, and UMKC, for example. I think all four teams would have to be from different conferences.


Horace 2 years, 5 months ago

The MU paper is right. KU's administration and fans have been embarrassing throughout the meltdown of the Big 12.

KU could play MU if it wanted to, but because we're bitter, we won't.

KU is jealous that MU has moved on to a better conference. Get over it. KU's stuck in the hollow shell of what used to be the Big 12. Missouri wasn't and they took the only reasonable action: find a chair before the music stops.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 5 months ago

You always feel a little cheapened when you play Missouri. Like sitting through a torrent of obscene jokes by a bad comedian.

You just wish you had planned your day a little better.

I won't miss them.


rockchalker52 2 years, 5 months ago

I have a cake. Watch me eat it. Hey, what happened to my cake!?


Floyd Craig 2 years, 5 months ago

MU should have stayd for one last game so every one can c how bad ku's coach cant do a good job n beat the u know what out of ku football


oldvet 2 years, 5 months ago

MU blames KU... and prisons are full of innocent people.

Let's start a series with Missouri State and call it the Border Showdown! Is the new Livestrong Sporting Park big enough to handle a football field? Then the game would be on Kansas soil.


jayhawkinsf 2 years, 5 months ago

I suggest we play Missouri every year in both football and basketball, both games right here in Lawrence. Every year, here. And if they refuse, then we blame them.
Go to "H" "E" "double hockey sticks", missouri.


Biscayne 2 years, 5 months ago

Congradulations Dr. Kish on the HOPE award, it couldn't have went to a more deserving and great person.


Kookamooka 2 years, 5 months ago

The rivalry is over. I agree with that statement. MU can't have it both ways. I'm glad they are gone. Having two major rivalries (KSU and MU) was a drag. Boo Hoo Mizzou. They need to find another school in their new conference to hate. It will never be the same again.


TopJayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, everything is KU's fault. so glad MU is going.
Any bets on how long it will take for the SEC to get sick of them?


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