LAWRENCE — Kansas football’s season-opening opponent has been determined ... yet again.
The Jayhawks will welcome Coastal Carolina for a Sept. 12 tilt at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the program announced Friday night, completing a shortened "nine-plus-one" schedule that features nine Big 12 matchups. Originally set for a Sept. 26 clash in Conway, S.C., KU and Coastal Carolina will instead flip locations on the final two installments of their three-year series, with the Jayhawks now traveling to the Palmetto State in 2021.
After their opener, the Jayhawks will rest for a week before squaring off with Baylor on Sept. 26 in Waco, Texas.
Friday’s development is the latest — and perhaps final — twist in what’s been an ever-changing schedule for KU amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jayhawks were just one month ago set to open their season against New Hampshire on Sept. 5 in Lawrence, but those plans fell through when the would-be visitors canceled their fall sports activities. KU regrouped and scheduled Southern Illinois for an Aug. 29 opener, but those plans were quickly thrown into doubt when the Big 12 announced its "nine-plus-one" format.
In the end, KU settled on simply modifying its series with Coastal Carolina, axing the contest with Southern Illinois as well as a Sept. 19 home date against Boston College that was rendered impossible due to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s own restrictions.
KU fell 12-7 to Coastal Carolina at home in last season's matchup, the Jayhawks’ first-ever contest against the Sun Belt program.