Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel wants Border Showdown with Kansas to continue

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | 7:22 p.m. CDT; updated 12:58 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

COLUMBIA - Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is interested in continuing the Border Showdown.

The annual rivalry game between Missouri and Kansas, which dates back to the 1800's, ended in 2011 when Missouri moved from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. But in an interview with the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, Pinkel said he is hoping the two sides can work out a deal to spark the rivalry again.

“I don’t make all those decisions, but, for me, the ideal thing would be to play Kansas the first week or two of the season every year (in Kansas City),” Pinkel told the Kansas City Star.

Pinkel said it would make sense to play the game at Arrowhead Stadium, where the two teams played from 2007-11. 

While Missouri won four of the five football games between the two teams since the move to Arrowhead Stadium, the basketball rivalry has been controlled by Kansas, with the Jayhawks winning six out of the last seven meetings. But in both sports, Kansas hasn't shown much interest in bringing back the Border Showdown.

“People have to see the importance of the game,” Pinkel told the Kansas City Star. “Obviously, it would be a televised game and a good moneymaker for both (schools), because it always has been. From our standpoint, and I know I’ve talked to (Missouri athletic director) Mike (Alden), we’d be willing to do that without question. That’s something Kansas would have to agree with.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why would you not do it. How long are we going to be mad at each other? I’m sure everybody’s got the way they feel about that, and I really don’t want to get into that. But there’s a lot of common sense, is there not, to this. Let’s move on and get the rivalry back for our fans.”

The rivalry would spice up a non-conference schedule that hasn't featured any current Big 12 teams since the Tigers made the switch to the SEC. 

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Ellis Smith September 11, 2013 | 7:40 a.m.

So, how much will the football players be paid? [Refers to prior Pinkel comments.]

The non-conference football schedule could certainly use resuscitation.

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Ellis Smith September 11, 2013 | 11:12 a.m.

Should the Border War series be revived and Arrowhead Stadium for some reason not be available, we offer Allgood-Bailey Stadium as a substitute venue. This is one of the great venues in American university football.

In that event the games will HAVE to be televised; otherwise, most Tiger and Jayhawk fans will be unable to view them.

Forget parking! There may not be enough paved surface available in Phelps County. Maybe the United States Army can be persuaded to offer part of Fort Leonard Wood for fan use in tailgating. Tailgating on a military reservation is an unforgetable experience - especially if close to the firing ranges! Trust us.

Those fortunate enough to have seats at the football games will definitely include BOTH Tiger and Jayhawk fans, even if the attendees are only from the adjacent campus. We guarantee that, historically and currently.

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Ed Lane September 11, 2013 | 11:32 a.m.

Ole pink and the Tigers should have stayed their butts in the Big 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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