Fans React to End of the Border War
Now that MU is officially in the SEC the border war between MU and KU will end. The end of the century old rivalry doesn’t seem to bother some fans.
“It’s unfortunate but we are going to have a rivalry with teams like Alabama, Florida, Auburn so that will outweigh the KU eventually,” said MU grad Alex Nichols.
When the Missouri Board of Curators delegated authority to Chancellor Brady Deaton to explore the SEC deal, the board said it would like to have a game played at Arrowhead between the long standing KU-MU rivals. However, some fans say that won’t happen because Mizzou dropped the ball by leaving the Big 12.
“They are games we look forward to every year and they’re just exciting to watch and it will really be sad to see it all go,” said sports fan Christina McDunnough.
Rob Maloney owns the Brooksider, a place where Mizzou fans cheer on the Tigers. Maloney says not having a basketball game at the Sprint Center may hurt businesses there but he doesn’t believe the move to the SEC will be bad for business.
“We are not really going to be affected because we are a big Mizzou bar and even if they went to the Big East or the Big Ten we will still have the crowd that comes in here,” Maloney said.
Maloney says Mizzou fans just want to see a good ball game.
The University of Missouri will join the SEC effective July 1, 2012. Competition is set to begins for all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.