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Missouri’s Pinkel on scheduling Kansas: It’s an open invitation

Gary Pinkel

The Border War between Missouri and Kansas was played 120 times between 1891 and 2011. As most rivalries have done in the recent realignment phase, this particular one was put to rest when Missouri left the Big 12 along with Texas A&M to join the SEC in 2012. The two rivals have shown no signs of rekindling the rivalry anytime soon as non-conference opponents, although that could change with the SEC’s new scheduling policy. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel at least seems open to the possibility, saying during a Google Hangout on Wednesday afternoon the Jayhawks have an open invitation to meet again on the football field.

Starting in 2016, Missouri and every other SEC member will be required to schedule at least one game against a program from another power conference, such as the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12. For Missouri, could this be an opportunity to reunite with a longtime rival? According to, Missouri has only one non-conference match-up with a team from a power conference scheduled between 2015 and 2019 (at Purdue in 2018). Kansas does not have as many openings to work with full non-conference commitments through 2017 and one spot to fill in 2018, but there could be a possibility of getting the rivalry back on the schedules for both in 2019 if there is mutual interest in doing so.

Pinkel has opened the door. Now we wait to see if Kansas will step through it.

Of course, it is now the responsibility of Kansas to make sure Missouri is fulfilling its scheduling requirements, nor should it be. However, in an era that has tossed some storied rivalries by the wayside, it would be nice to see some of those wounds healed.

Missouri leads the all-time series with Kansas 57-54-9 or 56-55-9, depending on which school you ask.

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10 Responses to “Missouri’s Pinkel on scheduling Kansas: It’s an open invitation”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2014 4:00 PM

    Wow… I’m surprised that series is that close. Mizzou seems to be a much better football program than Kansas in the last few decades…

  2. patbocam says: May 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    Bring back Texas V Texas a&m. Longhorns got butt-hurt when A&M fled to a superior conf that doesn’t bow down to the all mighty longhorn. I hope Charlie strong will help patch things back up. From a recruiting stand point A&m is winning over the recruits in the line star state. Strong might realize the best way to counter is to play it out in the field.

  3. coolhorn46 says: May 7, 2014 6:56 PM

    Comments like the one above are one of the strong reasons that UT is unlikely to schedule agricultural in my lifetime, or yours.

    Butt-hurt over them leaving for the SEC? UT’s athletic director at the time, DeLoss Dodds, stated that TAMU needed to do what they needed to do, and UT made NO effort to block TAMU leaving the Big XII. Dodds did advise that the two wouldn’t be playing each other any longer, but stated that is because UT’s dance card for OOC opponents was already pretty full at the time.

    As for being butt-hurt over agricultural leaving, take a look at the series record, the fact that UT won over two thirds of its’ football games against aggy, and you’ll note that the “rivalry” was pretty one-sided. UT’s main rival is, always has been, and always will be OU, and those two schools still play each other. UT WOULD BE butt-hurt to not play the Sooners.

    TAMU has been on a good recruiting run for the last couple of years, helped by the fact that UT has been pretty pedestrian on the football field. The ags did get a recruiting boost by joining the SEC, but one has to wonder how long that’ll last as they revert to their norm of being a middle of the pack team, in their good years. It might be a good idea for the agricultural college to find some way to keep its’ players from running up criminal charges, while they’re at it, or their recruiting will HAVE TO BE phenomenal.

    There is a small faction of UT fans that would be okay with UT and TAMU playing again, but the bulk of UT’s fans are fine with the series being toast. I understand that most TAMU fans feel the same way too, and that’s smart. TAMU needs to concentrate on finding some way to be relevant in the SEC. UT is busy going about their business of rebuilding under Coach Strong, and a resumption of the Turkey Day game is pretty far down the list of UT priorities. Aggy’s attitude won’t help to bring it back up the list.

  4. bgkytiger says: May 7, 2014 8:11 PM

    Texas rivalry comments are relevant here how?

  5. tngilmer says: May 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    Kansas and Texas do not have the testicles to take on the SEC on an annual basis. Plain and simple. Am I wrong? Prove it KU and Texas.

  6. sportsbastard says: May 8, 2014 2:01 AM

    I think Mizzou’s SOS is a bit better off with Toledo on the schedule.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: May 8, 2014 2:44 PM

    Always count on @coolhorn46 with his A&M v UT comments. (Even though he has said numerous times that he’s done with this board)

    I agree with you that UT doesn’t really care about A&M right now or renewing the rivalry. But to me that just typical longhorn arrogance to think they are bigger than the rivalry. The rivalry was first played in 1895… That’s almost 120 years ago.

    With A&M taking a dominant role in recruiting since moving to the SEC, coinciding with Texas struggling on the field, and A&M surpassing Texas in students, I think Texas should really think twice about not giving themselves a chance to put down this rebellion on the field.

    Plenty of other schools have made cross conference rivalries work. FSU-UF, UGA-GTech, USC-ND, Clemson-USCe, Louisville-Kentucky.

    It can work, there’s money there for sure too.

    But you keep crowing about that overall record considering that the first 70 years of the rivalry, A&M was an all male school with mandatory Corps of Cadets membership similar to the Citadel. In my lifetime, A&M leads the series 16-15.

  8. coolhorn46 says: May 8, 2014 3:23 PM

    @bgkytiger, why the UT agricultural comments? Check the post above mine. I was just responding.

    @8 to 8, I said I was gonna hold back on posting here, and I largely have. However, I’m no more fond of somebody running down my favorite school than anybody else. I get that UT is not to everybody’s taste…that’s why there’s apples and oranges. I also enjoy smack talk back and forth from time to time, but I prefer that it’s with people who know what they’re talking about, and a lot of those harshing the Horns around here obviously believe everything they read on the internet.

    The answer to this business about UT and agricultural not playing is it’s not gonna happen for years, unless they run into each other in a bowl. Most UT fans don’t care to resume the game, and from what I hear, most agricultural fans don’t care either. If we don’t, why should anybody else get their panties in a wad over that so-called rivalry?

    Okay…I’m going back to lurker mode…Let the UT hatin’ begin.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: May 8, 2014 5:47 PM

    To be fair, I’m not sure I said a whole lot of hateful things about UT in that post. I definitely try not to refer to Longhorn fans as Tsips or sips or even t.u. on this board. I try to keep it as civil as possible. And I know, they’re “terms of endearment” or whatever.

    I personally think the rivalry is too big to just abandon. I think the same thing about the Border War rivalry. These are the 3rd and 1st most played rivalries in D1 history. The rivalry is intertwined in both our histories. It’s mentioned in both fight songs, it even produced the name of one of the mascots. It’s just sad to not have Thanksgiving weekend be about turkey and A&M v UT anymore.

  10. coolhorn46 says: May 8, 2014 6:22 PM

    Nothing you said ticked me off….my response is just a general one. I don’t feel the need either to jump in everytime somebody rags on UT. I like football and the Horns a lot, but life involves more than just those two things.

    From a personal perspective, I don’t like seeing rivalry games go by the wayside. Maybe agricultural wasn’t UT’s biggest rival, but they were a rival, just as KU and Mizzou were blood rivals. College football is a bit the poorer everytime one of those rivalry games falls by the wayside.

    That being said, the modern era of big time football is all about the Benjamins, and dollars are largely what’s driving realignment. I will concede that TAMU’s move to the confederacy involved, at least in part, them trying to separate themselves from UT’s rather large shadow. It was a smart move on their part, and I think you’d find a lot of us UT fans that say the same thing.

    It’s unfortunate, but in making that move, the UT/TAMU series in all sports went away. However, the reality of things, for both schools, is that scheduling requirements for both make it impractical to continue playing for a pretty long time, barring the occasional bowl game. It’s probably not a bad idea from another angle. A lot of people don’t want to admit it, but there’s a lot of bad blood right now between the two Texas schools. ‘Bama and Auburn didn’t play each other for four decades because of bad blood, and I think it might be a good idea for UT and TAMU to cool things off at least that long too. Someday, they might find themselves back on each others’ schedule…I just don’t think it will be in my lifetime.

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