I’m sure you all remember the infamous Border War rivalry between the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks. The athletic competition between the two schools began in the 1890s when both schools were in the Western Interstate University Football Association. Sports Illustrated even described it as the oldest D1 rivalry west of the Mississippi River in 2011. Every year the Missouri-Kansas football game was held in Kansas City, Missouri to bring in fans from both schools.
In 1911, the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association made it mandatory for conference games to be played on college campuses. Chester Brewer, Mizzou’s athletic director at the time, was afraid there would be low attendance for that year’s Missouri-Kansas football game. He decided to invite the Mizzou alumni to “come home” for the game, which drew a crowd of 9,000-plus. Homecoming then became an annual reunion for Mizzou alumni on the day of an important football game.
Don’t forget Mizzou’s Homecoming is this Saturday, October 22. Traditional activities include: