COLUMBIA, Mo. - It's a simple letter to Missouri Tigers fans, but it also sends a message to the University of Kansas brass.
This weekend's "Border War" at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City between Mizzou and Kansas appears to be the final game between the two rivals. The Tigers will leave the Big 12 Conference next season for the Southeastern Conference. The move has not pleased Kansas and its fans. They assume the series is basically done after 119 games.
"It is the last opportunity to play in this type of situation, so it is very, very meaningful and is definitely going to leave a good legacy with whoever wins this football game," said Kansas Head Coach Turner Gill. "There is a little discrepancy of what the record is with 55 and 55 as far as wins for each team.
Mizzou's not looking back on the departure, but it also does not want the historic rivalry that goes well beyond football to end (see Quantrill's raid, 1863). Hence the letter to the fans, signed by Chancellor Brady Deaton, Head Coach Gary Pinkel, athletics director Mike Alden and the Alumni Association's Todd McCubbin. One line stands out.