Daily Archives: Sept. 3, 2011

John Currie talks conference realignment

Kansas State athletic director John Currie remained supportive of the Big 12 Conference while speaking with media members at halftime of the Wildcats’ first football game of the season against Eastern Kentucky tonight.

“Our number one goal has always been and will continue to be, as long as it’s feasible, to strengthen and enhance the Big 12,” Currie said.

Currie’s comments come at a time when other Big 12 members appear to be losing confidence in their conference. Reports indicate that Oklahoma and Texas are strongly considering a jump to the Pac-12.

With Texas A&M already expressing its interests to leave for the SEC, such a move would seemingly cripple the Big 12. But Currie said he is hopeful the league can stay together.

When asked if he or K-State president Kirk Schulz have been in contact with other conferences across the country to make contingency plans in case the Big 12 crumbles, he said that wasn’t the case.

“We’re not having any specific discussions with anybody about anything specific other than our continued commitment along with the rest of the Big 12 presidents and (athletic directors) to try and make this thing work,” Currie said.

Unless Oklahoma or Texas announce their intentions to seek membership in another conference, Currie said that was unlikely to change.

“Until somebody says the Big 12 is dead we’re going to be continuing to work with our partners in the Big 12 to strengthen the league and sustain and perpetuate the league, Currie said.”

Live Blog: K-State 10, Eastern Kentucky 7

Collin Klein found Chris Harper for a touchdown with the game on the line, and Kansas State defeated Eastern Kentucky 10-7.

It was an ugly start to the season for the Wildcats, especially offensively, but the end result sure beats the alternative.

Afterward Bill Snyder said he thought his offense came into the game overrated, and several of his players agreed.

The defense played terrific, not allowing any sustained scoring drives, and he was pleased about that.

The biggest thing K-State needs to work on before taking on Kent State in two weeks is the play of its offensive line. Collectively, the Wildcats got shoved around up front tonight.

Check back tomorrow for more updates.
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Gameday Preview: E. Kentucky at K-State

With Kansas State holding an edge in every category in today’s 6:10 p.m. kickoff against Eastern Kentucky, we’re going with an abbreviated preview. Here are five things to watch:

1. Who performs best at running back? Ever since K-State coach Bill Snyder said he was displeased with Bryce Brown’s work ethic in the preseason, running back has been the most talked about position for the Wildcats. Snyder says Angelo Pease, John Hubert, Robert Rose and Brown all could start today. It will be interesting to see who he chooses, but it will be even more interesting to see who does the most with their carries. All four running backs should see time. Everyone wants to see Brown in his debut. Can he outshine his competition?

2. K-State will use a new-look defensive line in its opener. Returning starter Ray Kibble will be joined by Adam Davis, Vai Lutui or Javonta Boyd and Jordan Voelker. Eastern Kentucky will be without its starting quarterback, and that means the Wildcats’ front four will have a better-than-usual chance of success. This will be their first game together, so they deserve some room to grow. But they need to show some signs of improvement today after last year’s debacle.
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