With the future of the Big 12 once again in danger after Texas A&M announced its intention to leave the conference, there will be plenty of speculation about what would happen to Kansas and Kansas State if the league were to dissolve.
One of the main questions will be whether KU and K-State would be tied to each other in any realignment.
On Thursday, KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little addressed that issue during an informal meeting with student journalists at the University Daily Kansan. Gray-Little was asked if the Kansas Board of Regents has a requirement that the state's flagship institutions share the same conference. She responded that there is no such requirement keeping KU or K-State from separating.
Gray-Little also said that it would be in KU's best interest to stay together with K-State in the Big 12. But, if the league doesn't survive, Kansas would have to act in its best interest, she said.
Kansas regent Dan Lykins, reached Thursday by The Eagle, said that last year the board was firmly against KU and K-State splitting up into different leagues if the Big 12 dissolved. But Lykins said the board has replaced three members since then and the issue has not been discussed. Therefore, he said, there's no way to know which way the board would vote.
"If there is an issue about what will happen if the Big 12 does have to break up and there is no conference anymore," Lykins said, "we'll be updated by both schools and have enough information so that the board of regents can decide what is best for both schools. Everyone in the board of regents just believes that we need more information."
Kansas and Kansas State have shared the same conference since 1913, when the Wildcats joined the Jayhawks in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association.