Stop citing Iowa as example for basketball mandate

The bill filed in the Kansas Legislature to require the University of Kansas and Kansas State University to play Wichita State University in men’s basketball followed KU coach Bill Self’s statement to ESPN that “Iowa plays Northern Iowa because the state Legislature says you have to.” But “there is no such legislation in the state of Iowa in regard to scheduling for men’s basketball or football. It has been widely reported through the years, but has never been the case,” Colin McDonough, assistant athletic director at the University of Northern Iowa, told The Eagle editorial board. Legislative pressure did play a role in reaching an agreement to restart Iowa-Iowa State football games in the 1970s after a 43-year hiatus. Meanwhile, a member of the Texas House has filed a bill that would require an annual football game between Texas and Texas A&M.