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SEC teams rush to schedule the Kansas Jayhawks

Charlie Weis AP

Kansas Jayhawks football is growing in popularity, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

As conferences attempt to improve their non-conference schedules in order to be more attractive options for the College Football Playoff, the Jayhawks are one of the few teams which play in a Power Five conference that are still classified as a potential “cupcake” on the schedule.

SEC teams, in particular, have been quite interested in scheduling the Jayhawks in recent weeks.

Kansas’ reputation precedes itself. The program can’t escape the fact its 9-39 the past four seasons. And the Jayhawks are expected to finish last in the Big 12 Conference again this season. The program is essentially seen as a loophole in the SEC’s mandate.

The Jayhawks aren’t eager to regularly play against teams from the best conference in college football. And it may be the first time the program can actually turn down requests from other programs.

Schedules are generally created years in advance. The Jayhawks have a full non-conference slate through 2017, and they’re not exactly playing against powerhouse programs. The one team that’s been highly successful the Jayhawks face during that period is the Duke Blue Devils this season.

Kansas does currently have one opening in its non-conference schedule in 2018. And the program has two openings for the 2019 and 2020 season. SEC teams may have to fight over those opportunities to actually play Kansas in the future. At that point, Kansas may be able to leverage a home-and-home series with an SEC program.

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16 Responses to “SEC teams rush to schedule the Kansas Jayhawks”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 26, 2014 6:10 PM

    Let the bidding war begin. Kansas could make a few bucks in 2018. They should hold out for a home and home in 2019 & 2020.

  2. manik56 says: Aug 26, 2014 6:13 PM

    This is embarrassing SEC

  3. tomtravis76 says: Aug 26, 2014 6:18 PM

    All other SEC schools should back off and let Missouri and Kansas come to an annual agreement on a game. Sometimes games have to be played with such a strong,long history. That rivalry means alot to many generations of their fan bases.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Aug 26, 2014 6:25 PM

    Seems like just yesterday Kansas had some pretty good teams. I guess forcing Mangino out has not worked very well has it?

  5. dmvtransplant says: Aug 26, 2014 6:30 PM

    Up next Purdue, Wake Forest and Colorado talk about loopholes.

  6. tigersfandan says: Aug 26, 2014 7:11 PM

    That picture is hilarious!

  7. mogogo1 says: Aug 26, 2014 7:20 PM

    They shouldn’t be as bad as they are. Turner Gill looked like a good hire at the time but turned into a total disaster. And when they fired Gill after going 5-19 could anybody have envisioned that Weis would actually do WORSE than that? He’s 4-20. It’s unbelievable.

  8. tigersfandan says: Aug 26, 2014 8:05 PM

    mogogo1 says:
    Aug 26, 2014 7:20 PM
    They shouldn’t be as bad as they are. Turner Gill looked like a good hire at the time but turned into a total disaster. And when they fired Gill after going 5-19 could anybody have envisioned that Weis would actually do WORSE than that? He’s 4-20. It’s unbelievable.
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    Maybe no one expected him to be worse, but was there any reason to believe Weis would be good? If he couldn’t do better than mediocrity at a place with the resources that Notre Dame has, how is Weis going to do well at Kansas?

  9. mogogo1 says: Aug 26, 2014 10:27 PM

    Good? Maybe not. But mediocre was certainly a realistic goal. KU doesn’t have the schedule ND did and Weis was a very good NFL coordinator at one time. But from what I’ve seen it’s debatable if he’s actually tried very hard a Kansas. Some coaches bring an energy and presence to a program and there’s been no vibe at all out of KU since he arrived. He doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself and nobody seems excited to be playing for him.

  10. binarymath says: Aug 26, 2014 10:32 PM

    Photo caption:

    No Charlie, we didn’t say you GET a cupcake, we said you ARE a cupcake.

  11. vols84 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:08 PM

    Charlie won’t be there next year

  12. fasdfasdfdggf says: Aug 27, 2014 12:40 AM

    Unless the “about seven calls” were all from Kentucky, this is a bunch of SEC-bashing B.S.

  13. huck222 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:24 AM

    It figures! SEC and ESPN in bed to pick on the weak! Y’all southern boys need to pack up and come out west…. So, we can teach y’all how to speed things up… Lol;-)

  14. drummerhoff says: Aug 27, 2014 6:58 AM

    KU is a loop hole. Hilarious.

  15. oldguy22 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:57 PM

    What’s so bad about coaching football at KU? You get basketball tickets.

  16. mazblast says: Aug 28, 2014 12:16 AM

    The mystery is not how Cheeseburger Charlie and his Decided Schematic Advantage could go 4-20 in his two years. It’s how he ever got hired in the first place.

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