The Death Of Missouri-Kansas: How Do We Feel About This?

University of KansasKUNews Missouri forfeits a century-old rivalry. We win. #kubball #kufball #mizzou 19 hours ago

That doesn't come from a Kansas Jayhawks athletic department Twitter account or from the student newspaper. That's the university's official Twitter, and that tweet's been left up for almost an entire day now. To say Kansas has a deep, deep rivalry with the Missouri Tigers only begins to tell the story, and the school's policy toward Mizzou leaving for the SEC has not quite been congratulatory.

Drama was likewise not ducked when the chancellor's office sent out an official statement of its own:

We're sorry to see a century-old conference rivalry end. Missouri's decision may have implications for fans and for the Kansas City area, but it won't affect the long-term strength of the Big 12.    

Conference rivalry, he said. Couldn't it last as an out-of-conference rivalry? For a little while, at least, it might have to:

Eric Blumberg@BlumbergOTB #Mizzou-KU is under contract for 2012 at Arrowhead. The Jayhawks have a million reason$ to play it. Will they?    

But beyond that, it could be many years before they decide to meet again. Missouri fans, for their part, have just about figured out how they'll move on, while KU fans lament the loss of something pretty great:

So long to our friends and/or enemies at Missouri.  We'll see you a few more times over the next six months and then it's good bye.  When I see you I'll still despise you, I'll cheer against you and never wish you well and I suspect you will do the same.  But I will miss the experience, the stress and the ups and downs of what I considered one of the greatest rivalries in college sports.  Sometimes in life you just need a worthy adversary.

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