Editorial: KU resolve

Kansas University is right to shun any effort to include the Missouri Tigers in its basketball or football schedule.

June 28, 2013


Congrats to Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self for sticking to his decision not to schedule basketball games between the KU Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers.

Following the decision by Missouri University officials to dump their historic ties with the Big 12 Conference and its predecessors — the Big 6, Big 7 and Big 8 conferences — Self made it clear he did not intend to schedule games with the Tigers.

Various business interests in Kansas City raised phony reasons the rivalry should be continued, but it was obvious they wanted a game in Kansas City only for the business and tax revenue rather than to continue a tradition.

Likewise, MU officials have said they would like to resume the KU-MU basketball series. However, because MU apparently thought it was too good for the Big 12 and fit in better with the Southeastern Conference, Self and others have said they see no reason to continue the series. Why should KU schedule a team or a school that thumbed its nose at the Big 12 and KU?

Again, congratulations to Self for confirming he has no desire for the Jayhawks to help strengthen the attractiveness of Missouri’s basketball schedule.

Let’s hope KU football coach Charlie Weis shares this thinking and dismisses any attempts by Missouri coaches, athletic officials or university administrators or Kansas City business people to schedule a KU-MU game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. It’s clear. MU officials have said they don’t fit in with the Big 12. That means they also don’t fit into KU’s athletic schedule.


onewillow 4 years, 11 months ago

KU does not need to schedule MU. The next time MU makes the basketball tournament the NCAA will do it for them.

Orwell 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely. Let EmmYou persuade one of its new SEC buddies to give up that local revenue from a home game. There should be plenty of folks dying to make a trip from Gainesville to KC for an outdoor game in late November.

Pius Waldman 4 years, 11 months ago

The display of hatred and constant negative comments needs to simmer down. Putting a pause on scheduling should help.

mrw914 4 years, 11 months ago

Doesn't this topic show that jayhawk fans still care about the rivalry and actually do want it to be played? If it's still in your mind to talk about it, write about it, and LJWorld publishing it, you can't tell me you wouldn't enjoy playing Mizzou again if you're talking about it over a year and a half later.

BigAl 4 years, 11 months ago

This topic is mostly brought up by MU fans, sports writers and DJ's. Not KU folks. What part of "we don't want to play them" do you not understand?

TalkSense 4 years, 11 months ago

There are positive-fun college football rivalries (Iowa vs. Minnesota for the "Floyd of Rosedale Trophy" - a bronze pig) and there are the negative-nasty kind (Alabama vs. Auburn, or Texas vs. A&M). KU vs. Mizzou fell into the latter category and KU is well rid of such a series. It's a sad commentary on Mizzou - a fine university in many respects - but no one in the Big 12 misses having the Tigers (or their obnoxious fans) on their schedule.

BigAl 4 years, 11 months ago

It is like T-Boone Pickens said: "No one cares about Missouri"

Martha Oldham 4 years, 11 months ago

MU???? MU????? MU???? I have never heard of MU! Where is it located???????

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