Daily Archives: Dec. 13, 2012

Fiesta Bowl Countdown: Canceled game will be played thanks to BCS

One of the coolest things about bowl games: They give teams a chance to step outside their comfort zone and play opponents they wouldn’t normally schedule.

Such is the case with the Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State and Oregon will meet for the first time at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Ducks are one of the four Pac-12 teams the Wildcats have never played.

That will help make the Fiesta Bowl an enticing game for both sides, especially when you consider how much fuss was made earlier this year about K-State and Oregon cancelling a home-and-home series.

Remember that? Back when it looked like Alabama was going to go undefeated and Oregon was competing with K-State for the second spot in the BCS championship game, the fact that the Wildcats and Ducks weren’t playing was big news. Why should fans have to debate which team is better when they could have simply played?

Oregon fans blamed K-State for cancelling the series, even though the Ducks asked to reschedule the game so they could play LSU. K-State fans said it was a mutual decision, even though Snyder wanted it off the schedule the second he returned as coach. Then both teams lost on the same day, and the topic became moot.

Still, both Oregon coach Chip Kelly and K-State coach Bill Snyder were asked about not going through with the series during the Fiesta Bowl’s first teleconference earlier this month.

Said Kelly: “We were just told we had to find another game. I wasn’t told why.”

Said Snyder: “It just didn’t fit our scheduling philosophy.”
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K-State vs. Gonzaga in Wichita? Bruce Weber: “We are definitely looking at it”

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber told Bob Lutz on “Sports Daily” this morning that he “would anticipate” playing a game at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita next season. Gonzaga, which the Wildcats face in Seattle on Saturday, is a possible opponent.

“Our thoughts are, just talking with John Currie and the administrative staff, we would like to come (to Wichita) every other year,” Weber said on the radio show. “I would anticipate we would be back there next year. One of the opportunities would be Gonzaga. It hasn’t been finalized, but we are definitely looking at it.”

The Wildcats played West Virginia in Wichita last season, and the game was a success. A sellout crowd turned out, and the arena had an impressive atmosphere. K-State officials have been trying to figure out a way to return to Wichita while also maintaining its annual game at the Sprint Center.

When Weber agreed to a series of neutral-court games against Gonzaga he said the return game would be played in either Wichita or Kansas City. I asked Weber last week if he had made any progress toward picking a location for the game, and he said K-State was still debating between the two cities.

Based on his comments this morning, though, K-State may be leaning toward Wichita.