Resuming MU rivalry is one of top questions to KU chancellor, but answer still the same

09/10/2013 4:22 PM

09/10/2013 4:22 PM

If Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel would like to resume the Kansas-Missouri football series at Arrowhead Stadium — as he told The Star during an interview on Tuesday

— he may need to wait for a new administration at KU.

KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger has been consistent in his position that Kansas will not play Mizzou in football or basketball after the Tigers left for the Southeastern Conference in 2012. And among KU officials, the idea of playing Missouri again has generally been a non-starter.

Zenger reiterated that position last Friday while addressing KU faculty members and athletics staff at the first KU Athletic Advisory Board meeting of the year. Zenger, who responded to a question from a faculty member, told the advisory board, made up of faculty, staff and alumni reps, that his position was consistent with that of the majority of KU fans. His job, Zenger said, requires that he reflect the views of the KU constituency.

In addition, Zenger’s position appeared to be seconded by KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who was also present at the meeting. Gray-Little told faculty members that the question of when KU and Missouri would play again was one of the top questions she hears while visiting Kansas City for meetings and other events. Her usual response:

“I just say, I have nothing to tell you,” Gray-Little said.

So perhaps Pinkel would find it ideal to play an early-season game against KU at Arrowhead Stadium, resuming the lucrative, five-year neutral-site series that ran from 2007 to 2011.

But if you ask KU officials, they have nothing to tell you.

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