Thursday, April 9, 2020

Report: Football Border War on brink of returning

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing heaves a pass over the Missouri defense during the first quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing heaves a pass over the Missouri defense during the first quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.


A football rivalry left for dead almost a decade ago, the Border War reportedly will be exhumed and brought back to the gridiron sometime in the not too distant future.

University of Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk on Thursday in an email sent to donors teased an upcoming four-game football series with Kansas, saying it’s “being contracted,” Gabe DeArmond of Rivals reported.

KU football hasn’t faced Mizzou since 2011, the Tigers’ final season in the Big 12 before they bolted for the SEC.

With their departure and the apparent lack of interest from either side in keeping the series alive until recently, it marked an end to a rivalry with 120 years of history, dating all the way back to 1891 — per KU’s annals, the Jayhawks are 55-56-9 all-time against their old competitors from the Show Me State.

For now, it’s not clear when the rivalry will resume or where those games will be played. It’s possible Sterk and KU Athletic Director Jeff Long, who worked together last year to revive the men’s basketball rivalry matchup with a six-game series, could follow a similar format with football. For basketball, the Jayhawks will play two future games in Lawrence, two in Columbia, Mo., and two in Kansas City, Mo., mixing true home and road games with a neutral site, beginning next season.

Each of the last five football matchups between KU and Missouri were played at Arrowhead Stadium, from 2007-11, with KU winning just one, in 2008.

Football dates, though, involve planning farther out, so it could still be several years before the rivalry picks back up on that front. For instance, KU already has its three nonconference opponents contracted for 2021, while the 2022 slate includes Houston and Duke and the 2023 calendar features matchups with Illinois and Houston.

An official announcement regarding the KU-Mizzou football series has yet to come from either school involved.

“As we have stated previously, there is mutual interest in renewing the football series,” Dan Beckler, KU’s associate athletic director for public relations, told the Journal-World, “but those details have yet to be signed and agreed to by both universities. If and when that is finalized, we will announce the specifics at that time.”


Trace Stark 2 years, 6 months ago

fizzou still has an athletics program? Let them rot.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 6 months ago

You're not far off. Between the Beatty fiasco and this he is working hard to be the worst KU AD ever.

Joe Ross 2 years, 6 months ago

...must be crazy.

Kansas needs money. Beaty was going to get his 3 million regardless. The money aspect was not made worse by Long. It is certainly true that things he allegedly said as well as a dubious distinction made between Beaty's and Miles' use of non-coaches makes Kansas look bad in the public eye (it DOES), that situation is only pressing because of Kansas' other image troubles with the basketball program, which LONG HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH.

Let's just make Kansas a revolving door.

Michael Leiker 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm just tired of the fact that whenever there is a decision to make, the decision that produces the highest revenue in the short run is the direction he goes, without fail. Whether your talking about TV contracts, donor policies, these two decisions with the rivalry with Missouri. KU Athletics is being managed like a private equity owned company. 9 Big XII games and we want to add a top 2/3 SEC game on top of it for 4 years. Unless this deal doesn't start until 2025 it's a loser for this program. And the basketball decision was even worse.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 6 months ago

Uh Joe....Beatty hasn't got his 3 million.... yet....and unless they this point it looks like it will cost KU more than that. Could be Beatty gets his 3 million plus interest, plus attorney's fees, and possibly damages. Not to mention there could be a case for defamation.
Miles has nothing to do with not paying Beatty...that is Long's decision and if he keeps making these kinds of decisions KU will need a lot more money. And your right, It's not really worth firing him over. We don't want a revolving door. We just got started with Miles. So it looks like we are "All in"! Time to look the other way.

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 6 months ago

I still think of Missouri as our Rival. If you ask OU who their rival is: it is Texas and the reverse is true. If you ask OSU, it is OU and that is where you get the Red River Rivalry and Bedlam.

With KU historically we have had the Border War, aptly named, and truly lined with history. With KSU we have the Sunflower Showdown. After 10 years without the Border War, you start to see what we have been missing in a true rivalry event. I know we have tried to ignite the KSU/KU rivalry, but let's me just isn't the same as the KU/MU rivalry.

I'm mixed about bringing it back too, but I miss some of the good old rivalries. OU/Nebraska, KU/MU, UU/BYU, UT/TAM, I'm sure there are others, but these were good. I know some of them have started to come back, and we should look that way too. And look at the record of KU/MU nearly a 50/50 split.

I'd guess all of these get played in Arrowhead

Dane Pratt 2 years, 6 months ago

That's what happens when greed takes over. College administrators signed off on realignment knowing full well that tradition would take a back seat.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting to read of this apparent lack of interest on either side previously.

I thought for sure I had heard their fans and administrators alike repeatedly whining about missing us.

Doug Roberts 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm cool with it, but only if they actually call it the Border War, and not the Border Showdown. Lame.

Dane Pratt 2 years, 6 months ago

Just for the record.

Football 55-56-9

Basketball 172-96

Civil Wars 1-0

Robert Brock 2 years, 5 months ago

Mizzou would end up flattening the Jayhawks every year just as K-State does.

Jeff Foster 2 years, 5 months ago

Long and his old buddy at MU are both tools. Playing mu in anything isn't beneficial for KU, period. HCBS said this many times, then he reversed course once he understood it was GOING to happen because Long was going to team up with Sterk to make it happen. Get ready to re-dial up the hatred, it was such a toxic rivalry, it just needs to stay dead.

David Black 2 years, 5 months ago

I vote NO on the return of the games with MU. There is no benefit to games being played in Kansas City. The KU games should benefit the merchants and people of Lawrence who support the university everyday all year long..not Kansas City.

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 5 months ago

But not the alumni I guess. Seeming that more alumni live in KC then Lawrence.

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