Kansas-Missouri border rivalry returns to College hoops season



October 23, 2019 - 10:59 AM

Bill Self in 2018 at the NCAA tourney in San Antonio, Texas. ALLISON LONG/KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first interview I arranged when I arrived at The Star in 2013 was with Kansas coach Bill Self, since I’d known him for years and wanted to talk to him about the obvious void on the Kansas City sports scene.

No, not the fact that the Chiefs hadn’t won a playoff game since 1994 or the Royals since 1985 — each drought mercifully since remedied.

The Kansas-Missouri rivalry, a tradition 150 years in the making, abruptly had vanished into the vortex of college athletics: the hysteria of realignment that rattled the traditional order … and the aftershocks that said somebody has to pay for what’s lost.

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