Kansas to Meet Cincinnati in Primetime on ESPN2

Via Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The first-ever meeting between Kansas and Cincinnati as Big 12 Conference foes will take place at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 25. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and be televised on ESPN2, the league announced Sunday morning.

This will the third all-time meeting between the Jayhawks and Bearcats and first since Cincinnati joined the Big 12 on July 1, 2023. Kansas and Cincinnati split a home-and-home non-conference series in the mid-1990’s, with Kansas winning 23-18 in Lawrence in 1995, before the Bearcats claimed a 34-7 victory on their home field in 1997.

The 6:30 p.m. kickoff marks the fifth night game of the season for Kansas and the second time this season that the Jayhawks have played on ESPN2. Kansas defeated Illinois 34-23 on Sept. 8, moving to 2-3 in games played on ESPN2 under coach Lance Leipold.

Kansas fell to 7-4 on the year and 4-4 in Big 12 play following a 31-27 defeat against Kansas State on Saturday evening in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have already secured the program’s first winning season since 2008 and qualified for a bowl game for a second-consecutive season.

Cincinnati dropped a 42-21 decision at West Virginia on Saturday as the Bearcats fell to 3-8 (1-7 Big 12) in their first season in the conference.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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