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.