KU basketball, Missouri reportedly discussing charity exhibition contest

Programs seeking NCAA approval for Sprint Center clash

Kansas fans celebrate during the team’s game against Missouri on Feb. 25, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. The Jayhawks won in overtime, 87-86, and the two programs have not met since the contest. (2012 file photograph/The Associated Press)

LAWRENCE — The Border Cold War appears headed for at least a momentary period of detente.


Kansas and Missouri are in the late stages of negotiating a men’s basketball charity exhibition game at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., according to multiple reports.

Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports (KCSP-AM) first reported Thursday afternoon of the ongoing discussions between the two programs, asserting the contest would be held Oct. 22 and would raise funds for hurricane relief.

Jim Marchiony, KU’s associate athletic director, declined to talk specifics of the still-unannounced exhibition but confirmed the program is working on something.

“All I can tell you is we are in negotiations for an upcoming event,” Marchiony told The Topeka Capital-Journal, “but any further discussion would be premature at this point.”

The hang-up appears to be whether the NCAA would allow the two schools to hold the exhibition. Asked whether KU is trying to determine if the NCAA would allow such a contest to be held for a charitable cause, Marchiony responded: “We are working on that now.”

Mizzou has also declined to publicly address the reported series renewal in specific terms.

“We are discussing a special event,” MU senior associate athletic director Nick Joos told The Kansas City Star. “It’s an exhibition. There are a lot of moving parts, nothing is finalized yet.”

The Border War rivals have not played in men’s basketball since Feb. 25, 2012, when the Jayhawks came back from a 19-point deficit to defeat the Tigers in overtime, 87-86.

Since then, and following Missouri’s move to the SEC, KU has been adamant about not renewing the series in any sport as a regular-season non-conference contest, though the two schools have met in postseason NCAA Tournament contests in volleyball and softball.



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