“As long as the Big 12/SEC Challenge goes on in men’s basketball, Kansas will not be facing the Missouri Tigers,” the story begins. “KU coach Bill Self reiterated that point Tuesday during a Big 12 teleconference.”
Raising the question of if it’s time for KU to stop sulking.
“Yeah, I think maybe KU should punish Missouri this year and next year let them off the hook,” says sportaholic Craig Glazer. “Bill needs to consider the fans. I mean, we don’t have another sports rivalry that still matters. The Chiefs-Raiders is dead. The Royals and St. Louis still draws, but most of the fans that go to the game are Cardinals fans. It’s a three-day weekend for people to come to Kansas City from St. Louis and laugh at us, but it’s the only other rivalry we have.”
Self’s attitude is understandable but perplexing, Glazer says.
“I’m a little surprised because I think of Bill Self as a nice guy,” he says. “But he’s not being a nice guy right now, he’s being a tough guy.”
“KU is the No. 1 sports franchise in the Midwest, including the pro sports teams, and MU screwed the Big 12,” Glazer says. “And the school that almost got damaged the worst was Kansas, because nobody really wanted Kansas. KU and Self were almost a man and a team without a home.
“And he thought, ‘You jerks. You’re putting our future in jeopardy because of greed.’ And there almost wasn’t a Big 12. By hook and by crook the Big 12 was saved and Bill Self said, ‘You stabbed KU and the Kansas City metro area in the back, I’m not letting you off the hook. I’m not giving you this big game.’
“And given who KU and Bill Self are – a team that perennially wins the Big 12 and is almost always a contender for the national championship – given that point of view, they have enough on their plate. Why should they play Missouri and jeopardize their record by losing a game they don’t have to play? In other words, what’s in it for Kansas beating Missouri? Not much. And Missouri’s a potentially dangerous team.”