Kansas-UI agree to series
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois and Kansas have not met on the football field since 1968.
They’ll meet again. But it won’t be for nearly a decade.
The two schools, who had the nation’s longest and second-longest conference losing streaks when the 2013 season hit November, announced a two-year series on Tuesday.
For 2023 and 2024.
Fans of both teams will have ample time to figure out if they want to attend a game between two programs who have gone a combined 10-38 the last two seasons.
The first game between the two teams is slated for Sept. 9, 2023 in Lawrence, Kan., with the Illini hosting the Jayhawks in Champaign on Sept, 7, 2024.
With the Big Ten moving to a nine-game conference schedule starting in 2016, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas has said previously he wants Illinois to play nonconference games against fellow schools from the five major power conferences.
Tuesday’s decision follows the trend Illinois has established in the last six months after adding nonconference games against North Carolina (2015 and 2016), South
Florida (2017 and 2018) and Virginia (2021 and 2022) to future schedules.
“This series with Kansas is another great addition that fits in with our scheduling philosophy,” Thomas said. “We have set out to schedule games against some outstanding institutions, and I feel like we’ve done that.”