No KU license plates in Missouri? Rock, chalk!
The Kansas City Star
So who really won in the great KU license plate debate in Missouri?
Let’s take a look.
- University of Kansas officials asked a Missouri lawmaker to introduce a bill that would allow Jayhawks to be printed on license plates - for a special fee- in Missouri.
Score for KU.
- Missouri officials went over the top in reaction, taking up valuable legislating time to denounce the effort. They tied it to the fact that KU basketball coach Bill Self had harrumphed that he wouldn’t play MU anymore after the Tigers left the Big 12.
Rep. Stephen Webber was the main spokesman for the anti-KU effort, at one point noting: “We’re huge rivals with them. You’re not supposed to have Jayhawks on Mizzou license plates, and I wouldn’t expect to have Tigers on Kansas license plates. The rivalry makes it fun, and part of that rivalry is tweaking each other from time to time.”
This is close, but score for Missouri.
- Finally, the Missouri legislature passed a bill that would essentially prohibit the Jayhawk from defacing a Missouri license plate unless special considerations were met. On Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill that contained the license plate language.
Score for KU.
Well, let’s face it. Kansas fans (like this one) can only smile with enjoyment at seeing how unhinged some Missouri lawmakers became over such a small deal.