When Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, it brought an end to one of the more heated rivalries in college sports Kansas vs. Missouri or the “Border War” .|
While Kansas has played other Big 12 defectors like Colorado and Nebraska https://www.kujerseystore.com/sam-cunliffe-jersey-c-3.html, it has long contended that it won’t renew the Border War no matter how many times Mizzou asks. And according to ex Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, it’s all Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s fault.
Loftin suggested that the schools were working to renew the football rivalry at Arrowhead Stadium, but those talks were squashed by a basketball coach.
“The problem was a man named Bill Self who made it very clear this wasn’t going to happen.”
“I think it’s more likely Texas will bend than Kansas,” he says,”as long as Self is involved. He has a big ego.”
While Self has full control of his basketball schedule, it’s tough to imagine Self getting all worked up about football. It’s possible that Self pushed for solidarity across all sports against Missouri, and he really does love telling Missouri no. Non revenue teams have played Missouri in NCAA tournament games, but neither basketball nor football have faced Missouri since its departure to the SEC.
But when the Topeka Capital Journal reached out to Self, the basketball coach was amused that Loftin blamed him for stopping a football game.
Here s the drama behind Queen Bey giving birth to twins
Play VideoPOWERED BY
He said via cjonline
“Tell the ex Missouri chancellor that I coach basketball, not football,” Self wrote in a text message to The Capital Journal. “That we would never play a game in Arrowhead or even discuss it. It’s too cold. We play our games indoors. But I look forward to meeting him someday if he’s ever in Lawrence.”
Self, as he basically said https://www.kujerseystore.com/josh-jackson-jersey-c-6.html, doesn’t make the football scheduling decisions, but if it gives him a reason to tell Missouri no, he’s all for it.
The Missouri basketball program had struggled mightily in the SEC under Kim Anderson, but Cuonzo Martin’s hire and impressive recruiting class has brought renewed calls to bring back the rivalry in basketball. Kansas’ struggles in football also make the Jayhawks unlikely to schedule a game against Missouri in the near future.
This topic comes up in Kansas and Missouri circles multiple times a year, and the answer really doesn’t change. These teams won’t play one another unless there’s a change in leadership throughout the Kansas athletic department or they’re paired up in postseason play.
Call it petty, but that’s sports.