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Editorial: Just say no

Kansas University officials should stand by their resolve not to schedule a football game with Missouri in Arrowhead Stadium.

September 16, 2013

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The beat goes on and on: Resume the traditional Kansas-Missouri football game and hold the annual event in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

Almost from the moment Kansas University officials announced they did not intend to continue one of the nation’s longest football rivalries, Kansas City, Mo., business interests started campaigning for a renewal of the game. Some tried to suggest their desire to get the event started again was based on many noble-sounding reasons, but the real reason is that Missouri merchants want the thousands of out-of-town fans who would be attending the game to spend their dollars in Kansas City hotels, motels, restaurants, retailers and many other venues. Also, Missouri officials want the sales tax receipts, and Arrowhead people like the revenue they gain from parking fees, concessions and other sources.

Last week, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was in Kansas City touting the renewal of the KU-MU contest, saying the game should be played at Arrowhead. He said he didn’t understand why KU officials wouldn’t want to renew the rivalry.

One big reason is that Missouri officials thumbed their noses at KU and other Big 12 Conference schools, making it clear, as did University of Nebraska officials, that they were far better than their former Big 12 cousins and that Southeastern Conference and Big 10 conference schools were a better fit for their superior athletic and academic programs.

KU officials said, “Fine, we can get along quite well without annual football and basketball games with Missouri and Nebraska.”

If — and this is a huge IF — there should be any degree, event the slightest degree, of talk or interest by KU officials about the possibility of renewing athletic competition between the Jayhawks and Tigers, it should be about games played on a home-and-home basis in Lawrence and Columbia rather than in Kansas City. The game belongs on college campuses, where revenues would benefit Lawrence and Columbia, rather than in a professional stadium in Kansas City.

Go Jayhawks!

Comments

skinny 1 year, 5 months ago

Nope, play them at Arrowhead. We don't need the traffic or headaches here!!

Phoghorn 1 year, 5 months ago

Why don't you move to Baldwin then? Oh, wait, then you would have to deal with Maple Leaf traffic once per year.

Joe Hyde 1 year, 5 months ago

Home and Home; it's the only way to fly.

In KU's 12-1 Orange Bowl season, the only loss was to Missouri. That was the first game the two teams played in Arrowhead. I will always believe that the Jayhawks would have beaten Missouri (and played for the National Championship) had the game been played as originally scheduled -- in KU's Memorial Stadium. KU was undefeated going into that game, and would have had home field advantage if the traditional scheduling format had been used.

Oh, and Lawrence businesses would have made quite a lot of money had that KU/MU game been played here. A lot of money.

Joe Hyde 1 year, 5 months ago

Good point, Fuzzy; I totally forgot about the conference championship game. That would have been a tough one to win, playing Oklahoma. Still, after dropping more than 70 points on Nebraska that year it's doubtful KU would have been intimidated. OU would have had to contend with a great KU defense, with Todd Reesing, and with KU's arsenal of great receivers and running backs.

nick_s 1 year, 5 months ago

So they want to leave for the SEC & thumb their noses at the Big 12 & our rivalry, but when the dollar signs are knocking they conveniently forget that fact? Dont give in & play at Arrowhead, in fact, dont give in & play them at all. God dang Mizzourah!

jay_cheese 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree with this editorial. However, I haven't once seen Nebraska publically state they desire to still have athletic contests with Kansas. Missou is the one that keeps bringing up this issue. Rockchalk

d_prowess 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't believe the author fully understand why someone at MU would be pushing for this game again. They don't have some soft spot for taking care of the businesses in their home state. They want the exposure in KC so that they can continue to make the case to any good football recruits that they have a strong presence in KC. It is no different why we would agree to play Rice at Rice. We want to be seen playing in Texas and have all of the recruits down there get to see us playing there.

bad_dog 1 year, 5 months ago

"We want to be seen playing in Texas and have all of the recruits down there get to see us playing there."

Be sure to update us how that theory works out, please. That particular "recruiting trip" might be more beneficial to Rice than KU.

wastewatcher 1 year, 5 months ago

WRONG The only way to play Mizzou is for all of the games to be played in Lawrence until as many are played as were played in Missouri. Why should we give all of the tax money etc to Missouri which then finds its way back to the Tigers?

OzD 1 year, 5 months ago

Missouri is the crazy ex that won't stop calling.

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