Gary Parrish of CBS Sports joined me on the show on Monday, and one of the things we touched on was whether or not Mizzou & SLU will (and should) FINALLY start playing each other.

I think it’s pretty clear that fans of both teams want this to happen, and are frustrated that this year, of all years, with all of the issues programs are facing filling out their schedules and getting the normal volume and equality of games, it hasn’t happened.

But setting aside Mizzou & SLU, Parrish pointed out that he believes we are going to see more and more regional games, and regional rivalry games. It just makes sense for everyone involved.

You can check out my full conversation with Gary here, but the gist of his point is that universities are going to be motivated to start saving money. Why fly charter flights, or even commercial flights, all over the country for non-conference games when teams all over the country, especially in the Midwest, have plenty of great options in their own backyards?

Dec 12, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Trent Frazier (1) shoots over Missouri Tigers guard Drew Buggs (2) during the first half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It makes perfect sense, and if I can be greedy, maybe it will lead to even more great regional games for Mizzou. The game against KU was pushed back this year, totally understandable. But what about rotating schools from the Missouri Valley? The old Big 12 rivalries? Even Big 10 schools within a day’s trip, like Iowa, Nebraska. Add Creighton, one of the best teams in the country this year!

Sure, it might be a pipe-dream, and there are contracts to get out of and paperwork to be navigated, but Parrish points out that in this case, financial circumstances may lead to an unforeseen benefit for the programs, and for fans.

Here’s hoping this could be, at least in terms of sports, the start of some good coming out of what’s been a rough run for everyone.