There aren’t many states in the country that have the coaching prowess that Kansas has picked up over the last few years.
While Kansas football might’ve been the butt of many jokes a half-decade ago, that’s no longer the case under Lance Leipold. In fact, the Jayhawks are coming off a 9-4 campaign in 2023, their best finish since the magical Orange Bowl run in 2007.
Meanwhile, Kansas State has continued to capitalize on the outstanding culture — established in Manhattan by Bill Snyder — under Chris Klieman, earning them a Big 12 title in 2022 and a 9-4 record in 2023.
Klieman has gotten the better of Leipold in each of their three meetings so far, but Kansas hasn’t managed to beat their in-state rivals in 15 tries, and their 31-27 defeat in 2023 was the closest the game has been since their last victory in 2008.
Head coaches at rival schools typically aren’t seen as allies, but in an upcoming fundraising event, that’s exactly what they’ll be.
On Monday, March 4, Leipold and Klieman will unite to raise money for both programs, in the “Unrivaled” NIL event.
When visiting unrivaledstate.com, you’ll find an RSVP of sorts for the event, along with this description:
“TWO PROGRAMS. ONE STATE. ONE MISSION.
Join us for a historic evening in Kansas City where longtime rivals will unite to raise money to build Kansas schools into formidable football dynasties.
Gain insights into each coach’s playbook as we take a behind-the-scenes look at constructing competitive programs.
Event tickets can be purchased for $5,000 each. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All proceeds will support student-athletes at both universities.
Moderated by Mitch Holthus, the Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs.”
The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT at The Abbott Venue in Kansas City, Missouri.