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KU's football game with Boston College could be in jeopardy after ACC's new scheduling provisions for 2020

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) carries the ball against the Boston College Eagles during the first half of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Wednesday’s newly unveiled plans for the 2020 football season in the Atlantic Coast Conference figure to have a direct impact on the Kansas football schedule.

In addition to moving to an 11-game format, with one nonconference opponent and 10 league games, the ACC on Wednesday announced that it would require all nonconference games to be played in the state of the ACC school.

That likely eliminates KU’s Sept. 19 matchup with Boston College scheduled at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, but does not necessarily eliminate the matchup altogether.

KU has yet to respond to inquiries about the ACC’s decision, but it’s possible that KU and Boston College could remain foes so long as the game was moved to Massachusetts.

In addition to working out the scheduling component, KU would have to agree to meet medical protocol requirements set forth by the ACC in order for the game to happen.

The latest roadblock in KU’s 2020 schedule comes less than a week after the Jayhawks announced the scheduling of a game with Southern Illinois on Aug. 29 to replace the original season opener with New Hampshire on Sept. 5.

Earlier this month, UNH’s athletic department canceled all of its fall sports for 2020, leaving KU with a hole at the top of its schedule.

On the same day that UNH pulled out, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long contacted Southern Illinois AD Liz Jarnigan and the two began a week-long discussion to finalize plans for a new game.

If KU and Boston College do not come to some sort of an agreement about the Sept. 19 game, Long could find himself on the phones again, searching for another foe like Southern Illinois to replace the Eagles on KU’s current schedule.

As of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday evening, BC remained on KU’s football schedule on Kansas Athletics’ official website.

Meanwhile, Boston College’s official athletics website did not list any games for the 2020 football season.

Kansas and Boston College met during nonconference play in 2019, with the Jayhawks winning 48-24 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.


Gavin Fritton

I want both teams to be safe, but this is BS. This is the ACC trying to get itself a competitive advantage. If you need to bail out of the game, I certainly wouldn't fault you. But to demand that KU have to travel to Boston when KU has already played against BC in Boston is transparently unfair. Assuming they don't bail entirely, they're saying that they don't care that KU has to travel, that they don't care that KU has already traveled to Boston in fulfilling their end of the contract, that they don't think that KU is capable of running the game as safely as they think (for no reason) they can do it, they're also saying that they don't think KU is as worthy of the protection that they claim to be trying to give the BC players.

Again, if BC were to cancel the game, I could see that and understand that. heck, I could support it. But to use this as a way to demand multiple competitive advantages when they've already gotten the best end of the contract they signed is dirty, cheap and should be beneath them.

7 months, 1 week ago


Randy Bombardier

Was just rewatching highlights of last years game. Sure will miss Herbert this year. He had some terrific games. Where'd he transfer to?

7 months, 1 week ago


Matt Tait

Virginia Tech. Talented back. But so is sophomore Velton Gardner, who should form a nice 1-2 punch with Pooka this year.

7 months, 1 week ago


Dane Pratt

My question to the BC AD is, what's it worth to you? You want us to play you again in your backyard then make it worth our while.

7 months, 1 week ago


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