Nothing is yet official, but it certainly sounds as if Missouri is ready to extend the Border War football stay in Kansas City.
“To say that we’re never having the games back in Lawrence or Columbia, I would not want to go that far,” MU head football coach Gary Pinkel said during Monday’s Big 12 media call.
“But I certainly think it’s healthy (to play the game in Kansas City) and I think there’s a tremendous amount of pluses financially and also I see for our fan base.
“For the foreseeable future, or at least for the next few years, I’d be all for it from my standpoint.”
The foreseeable future could be the next two or four years. MU athletic director Mike Alden has said MU and KU have proposals they are considering for that time period.
The sticking point has been that each school wants to maintain a certain number of games on campus each year. In the case of Missouri, the minimum is six campus games.
The 2007 Border War game was a KU home game. The 2008 game - set for 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 at Arrowhead Stadium - is classified as a Missouri home game.
No. 12-ranked Missouri has been a real homebody this season, something Pinkel likes.
Counting the season-opener against Illinois in St. Louis, the regular season-ender against Kansas and the Dec. 6 Big 12 championship game in Kansas City, Missouri will have played nine games of 13 within the state of Missouri.
Missouri stands 6-1 in the seven “home” games so far, losing only on Oct. 11 to Oklahoma State.
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