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.