Missouri and Kansas are making plans to renew the Border War – even if not quite in full measure.
The schools have made plans to participate in a basketball scrimmage Oct. 22 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with the funds from ticket sales going to hurricane relief.
A source confirmed the plans to the Tribune on Thursday afternoon. Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports had the first report about the event.
The source said that a release about the event should come out Friday.
A Missouri spokesperson said that MU is “in talks with Kansas for an event, but it would be premature to get into the details at this time.”
An email distributed to Mizzou Network radio affiliates said that the network “plans to broadcast a special program from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.” There were no details on the program, but affiliates were told they “will be very happy with the content.”
The Tigers and Jayhawks haven’t met on the basketball court since 2012, Missouri’s last year in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas won that game – played at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. – 87-86 in overtime after rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit.
The schools haven’t played in Kansas City since 1997, when they met at Kemper Arena for the Big 12 Championship game. Top-seeded Kansas beat 10th-seeded Missouri 87-60.
MU has stated publicly that it has an interest in restarting the Border War, but those talks haven’t been mutual. Athletic director Jim Sterk said in June that “there wasn’t any interest” from KU about playing a football game in Kansas City.
Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self was asked by the Kansas City Star in June if he was seriously entertaining a game against Missouri.
“Definitely no right now,” he responded, later adding, “that’s a decision that will be made at a university level, not just at a basketball level.”
By July, his stance had softened.
“I’m sure there will be a time where Kansas and Missouri play again. I don’t know when that time will be,” Self told the Star. “People seem to think it’s up to me to make that call. I mean, we have an athletic director. We have a chancellor. We have other people that are involved with that. I do think that I caught the majority of the attention initially when I said, ‘They left us. We don’t have to play them.’ I was probably the only one quoted with what everybody else thought.”