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Pinkel: Border War renewal "going to happen"

Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:54 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 4:59 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Missouri kicked off spring practice yesterday, but with the Tigers preparing for their first season in the SEC East, Gary Pinkel also took the time this morning to appear on radio station 610 Sports AM in Kansas City. And he had some highly interesting things to say about his program's 120-year-old "Border War" rivalry with Kansas--namely, that the two schools will resume the series in the future, despite the Tigers' acrimonious leap to the SEC.

"You know we’re going to play again," he said. "We need to play a game in Kansas City. Every year we should play the first or second week in September ... It would be awesome. Basketball can do the same thing. Maybe not every year in Kansas City but certainly maybe four years there then home and away and go back there. It’s awesome.

"It’s going to happen. You all know it’s going to happen."

This would be news to Kansas, who reacted to the Tigers' defection from the Big 12 by insisting the Border War had come to an end, despite support from the Jayhawk players for continuing the series; 2012 will mark the first time since 1891  the two teams won't meet on the gridiron, disrupting the longest rivalry in any college sport west of the Mississippi River. The months between Missouri's announcement and now have yet to produce, at least publicly, any thaw in KU-UM relations from the Lawrence side of things.

But Pinkel is correct that some things speak more loudly than even anger and bitterness, and that one of them is cold, hard cash.

"Of course it’s going to happen. We’re going to make too much money doing it, first of all," Pinkel said (emphasis added). "And all the fans want it to happen ... I wish the Big 12 luck. I’d never wish Kansas luck. I can’t do that. That’s against my principles. But certainly I hope the Big 12 does really, really well. Let’s just move on. Gosh darn, it’s not that complex."

We admire Pinkel's "principles" here, since they illustrate why we're hoping the allure of splitting a huge Kansas City-fueled paycheck can bring the two teams back together on both the football field and the basketball court; it's not an exaggeration to say college sports would be better for it. But we also don't blame Kansas for being aggrieved, given the general "see ya, wouldn't want to be ya" vibe given off by the Tigers on their way out the league door.

Take this trailer (for lack of a better term) for the SEC leap posted to the Mizzou football YouTube channel Wednesday:

The voiceover isn't exactly inflammatory: "They say you rise to the level of competition ... That playing great teams only makes you better ... We're counting on it." But the implication is also clear: The SEC is just better than your conference, dude.

So here's a wish that Pinkel's prediction comes true sooner rather than later ... and our own prediction that it may take a few years for the wounds to heal well enough for that to happen.

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Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:18 pm

Pinkel: Border War renewal "going to happen"

Kansas is going to need a bigger boat....

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:30 pm

Pinkel: Border War renewal "going to happen"

Gotta love how delusional even the head coach of that school is. It's not just their fans that have no idea what they've thrown away, it's the people in charge as well.

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:04 pm

Pinkel: Border War renewal "going to happen"

Why is Kansas special? FSU and Florida, Ga Tech and Uga, South Carolina and Clemson seem to be able to play each other in all sports every year but happen to be in different conferences. Tech left the SEC and Georgia still kept playing them. 
Get over it Jayhawks. The rivalry should be more important than than your anger over the Mizzou's move to the SEC.


Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:02 pm

Pinkel: Border War renewal "going to happen"

"And all the fans want it to happen ..."

I don't remember asking Gary Pinkel to speak for me or any other fan. This fan doesn't want it to happen. Missouri chose to leave the Big XII. They chose to leave the rivalry. They are certainly welcome to make a choice they feel is in the best interest of their institution. Kansas has made it clear that their best interests are not served by playing this game. As with most parts of this rivalry, the two sides disagree. One would think Gary Pinkel would understand that by now. Making ridiculous statements like this isn't going to magically make it happen.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:18 pm

Pinkel: Border War renewal "going to happen"

I’d never wish Kansas luck. I can’t do that.

Have to love that! No pretending to like the other school...that is great!  

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