For Pete's Sake

Rob Riggle says Mizzou snuck out of Big 12 ‘in the middle of the night’

Comedian and Jayhawk fan, Rob Riggle.
Comedian and Jayhawk fan, Rob Riggle. rsugg@kcstar.com

When it comes to sports, comedian/actor Rob Riggle wears his heart on his sleeve.

Riggle is one of the celebrity Royals fans who takes part in the Big Slick charity event that benefits Children’s Mercy Hospital. He says annual trips to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., are a family tradition. Riggle has also “battled” fellow Big Slick star David Koechner over the title of biggest Chiefs fan.

A graduate of Shawnee Mission South, Riggle attended Kansas and he also is a huge Jayhawks fan. That is why SB Nation’s Richard Johnson talked with Riggle about the KU football team.

Riggle talked about how he loved that the 2007 KU team crushed Nebraska, called current coach David Beaty a “recruiting machine,” and had harsh words about Missouri’s decision to leave the Big 12 Conference in 2011.

Like so many other KU fans, Riggle has no desire to see the Jayhawks play Mizzou. And he didn’t hold back in his criticism.

“No. Missouri can go do whatever they want to do,” Riggle told Johnson. “Good luck. They made their choice. When you sneak out of a conference in the middle of the night, a conference that you helped found, go enjoy the Southeastern Conference, and good luck to you. Whatever, it’s fine.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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