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Report: Kansas and Missouri working on exhibition matchup

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Border War is making a return … kind of. Reportedly, the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers are working together to figure out a way to have an exhibition game later in the month.

This isn’t inherently being done for the fans. Instead, more nobly, it is an attempt to raise funds for hurricane relief.

Theoretically, the game would be played Oct. 22, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. However, for this even to go off without a hitch, Kansas and Missouri need a waiver from the NCAA to proceed, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Kansas coach Bill Self said this past summer he thought the two schools would eventually face off again.

“I’m sure there will be a time where Kansas and Missouri play again. I don’t know when that time will be,” Self said in July, according to the Kansas City Star.

Now, obviously, no one expected anything like this to happen this soon, but this is being done for a different reason than normal.

“I certainly don’t have any ill feelings toward our bordering state or school at all,” Self said. “But I’m not interested in doing what’s best for Missouri. That doesn’t interest me at all, just like they are not interested in doing what’s best for Kansas. I’m interested in doing what’s best for us.

“Certainly I think my athletic director and my new chancellor, I’m sure they feel the same way. If it’s best for us to play them, then I’m sure we’ll play. That will be a decision by more than just me.”

If this is to happen, expect an official word sooner rather than later. The 22nd is near.