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Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 6:53 pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said his school and Kansas will play again “when common sense takes over emotion.”

Pinkel has been a strident supporter of keeping the KU-Missouri series alive as the Tigers head to the SEC. The argument between the two sides over the century-old rivalry has, if anything, increased after Saturday’s basketball game in Lawrence. KU’s overtime win may be the last meeting of the two schools in a major sport. Kansas has said it has no interest in playing Missouri since it is leaving the Big 12.

“It will be a great continued rivalry and it could happen this year if we really wanted it to happen,” Pinkel said. “It’s all choices. We’re ready to do it anytime.”

The war of words between the two camps isn’t going to end anytime soon. At the end of interview on other subjects Wednesday in his office, Pinkel reacted to a quote from Bill Self after Saturday’s hoops games.

“It’s not the same,” Self said of the rivalry continuing. “Missouri has got to market their future. We’re their past.”

Pinkel said he is convinced that the schools will play again in football and basketball. The rivals have played since 1892 in football and 1907 in basketball.

“There will come a time when, without question, that in Kansas City at the beginning of the football season, hopefully Missouri and Kansas will play,” he said. “That will happen sometime, when common sense takes over emotion. There is sometime when, in Kansas City, Mo., KU and Mizzou will play basketball too.”

The teams have played a neutral-site football game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. There is speculation the schools could meet in the future for a non-conference basketball game at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. There is still a possibility the teams could meet at next week’s Big 12 tournament and, less likely, in the NCAA tournament.

“That rivalry can last forever and ever and ever,” Pinkel said. “It gets kind of comical after a while the more you hear about it, especially when you hear it coming from Kansas City.”

Some Missouri supporters in and around Kansas City had been more vocal about staying in the Big 12 than in other parts of the state. The Big 12 traces its basketball tournament roots in Kansas City back to 1977 in the old Big Eight. The four-year-old Sprint Center was built, in part, as a way to keep that tournament in town.

“Everywhere in the state, everyone has kind of accepted it and you go into Kansas City – and Kansas City is a great city for Mizzou football and basketball – [but] after a while [pausing] … it’s going to happen,” Pinkel said. “When common sense takes over and we relax a little bit why would it not?"


Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:32 pm

Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

SEC is jerksville.  You do NOT have the best collections of team sin the country.  All you have to do is look at your record in bowl games.  And don't give me the national championship crap.  Everyone knows that NO TEAM has ever won the title.  The title has been AWARDED, not won.  Voters determine the rankings and the "champ."  It is not done on the field.  

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:13 pm

Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

Georgia Tech left the SEC and Georgia kept playing them. The game was bigger than the conference the teams were in

Grow up Jawhawks 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:34 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:55 pm

Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

Common sense also dictates that Missouri and Kansas do not play. After over 150 years, it is time to let the Civil War finally die.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:36 pm

Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

Judging by Pinkel's comments and those made by Self, it appears that at this point it is more KU that is rejecting a non-conference annual game.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:28 pm

Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

I'm sure that Pinkel does think it is common sense because he and MU would do nothing but gain from continuing to play games in KC.  After all, KC is where a lot of MU alums live and one of MU's recruiting areas.  If the games in KC disappear it becomes a dis-satisfier for MU alums and makes recruiting the KC area a little more difficult.  Let me be honest, as a KU fan it's football team is looking at a 9 game Big 12 schedule next year that probably just got more difficult with the addition of TCU and WVU, so adding MU to the noncon makes no sense for a football program that is trying to resurrect itself.  I have no doubt that Pinkel sees playing KU as a guaranteed win right now and why wouldn't he, so why not suggest keeping the series going.  Frank Haith and Gary Pinkel know that the series is not going to be resumed in the next few years so they suggest continuing the series as a way to appeal to the part of the MU fanbase in KC as well as the fanbase that didn't want to see them leave and go the SEC or end the rivalry with KU.  It's a win win for them.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:08 pm

Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

If "common sense" had anything to do with it, KU will never play MU, what does KU have to gain by scheduling them?  Pinkel is right about one thing, it is about choices and MU made their choice, a choice I think was the correct one, but one that means the series is over between the two schools.

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