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Wednesday K-State links

You’re awake. Now that you’re up, here are a few links to help you start your day:

– George Schroeder wrote a feature on Collin Klein for SI.com.

– Here’s my story from today’s paper about senior defensive back Nigel Malone. He is coming off a big year and has a reputation to uphold for the first time in his life. But he’s not letting that change his approach.

– Rather than move all his belongings with him to his new home in Phoenix, former K-State basketball star Michael Beasley had an estate sale at his former Minnesota home.

Joan Niesen, of Fox Sports, checked it out and came away wondering why Beasley owned so much strange stuff.

Why does Michael Beasley need a copy of the Physicians’ Desk Reference? Or a book of Ingmar Bergman screenplays? Or giant glass grapes? What use does Beasley have for a floral headboard? Why does he love tasseled pillows so much? Whose handbags are those?

– Around the Big 12, Steele Jantz is once again the starting quarterback at Iowa State. He started off hot last year, but served as the team’s backup as the season came to an end.

– Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stopped by Ames, Iowa yesterday and talked about the status of the league. According to this story he suggested the best way to ensure long-term stability for the league is to make it into a conference so strong no school will ever want to leave again.

Friday K-State links

If you are a fan of lengthy Bill Snyder feature stories, which I’m guessing you are, you’re in for a treat. With Kansas State about to play Oklahoma in a hyped game Saturday, sports writers all across the country wrote about the Wildcats coach today.

Here is a sampling:

– Is Snyder the best college football coach in the country? Maybe. Maybe not. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports thinks the next three weeks will answer that question.

– Sequels are rarely a good idea, but Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman thinks Snyder Strikes Back is looking good so far.

– Stewart Mandel, of Sports Illustrated, takes a look at how Snyder is working his magic for the second time.

– How much different is Snyder today than he was 20 years ago? Not much writes Ivan Maisel, of ESPN.

Monday K-State links

– Kansas State had two players earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors this morning. Linebacker Arthur Brown, who made eight tackles and came up with a key interception against Baylor on Saturday, earned defensive honors. And kicker Anthony Cantele, who connected on three field goals against the Bears, earned special teams honors.

Last week Tre Walker was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his contributions to K-State’s goal-line stand in the closing moments at Miami. So this is quite a nice run of success for the Wildcats.

– The Big 12 announced its TV schedule for Oct. 15. K-State will take on Texas Tech in Lubbock at 6 p.m. on FSN.

– USAToday thinks Bill Snyder is an oldie, but a goodie.

– After a 4-0 start, David Ubben of ESPN.com believes K-State is headed for the Holiday Bowl.

Friday K-State links

Jon McGraw will be asked to fill in at safety for the Kansas City Chiefs while Eric Berry recovers from a season-ending knee injury. The task will be difficult. Berry was the Chiefs’ top draft pick a year ago, and has become one of their top overall defenders.

Good thing McGraw went through a similar situation while playing for Kansas State, when he replaced Lamar Chapman in 2000.

From a story in today’s Kansas City Star by Kent Babb:

In McGraw’s fifth game as a starter, he had two interceptions against Colorado. He returned one for a touchdown in a 44-21 win. He went on to be a second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2002, months after taking his own place on the All-Big 12 team.

“A great feeling for K-State fans to realize that this guy is a big-time player,” (Stan) Weber said. “… Everyone felt comfortable with him playing, but then he just kept going and going. He just keeps improving slightly.”

More than a decade later, McGraw has another chance to show that he’s capable, but more than that, a chance to ease fans’ fears that there won’t be a colossal dropoff from McGraw to the player he’s replacing.

– One of the advantages of K-State opening the season against an injured Eastern Kentucky team and then practicing during a bye week? The Wildcats currently have the best numbers of any defense in the country. K-State defenders will be out to prove themselves, and hand on to their lofty status, against Kent State.

– It looks like Bill Snyder has picked up a new tight end/defensive end from Cypress, Texas.

– Monday should be a big day in the conference realignment saga. Oklahoma’s regents are scheduled to meet and discuss the issue.

Thursday K-State links

Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton spoke with the St. Louis Dispatch about Oklahoma and the future of the Big 12 yesterday. As the chairman of the Big 12 board, it was interesting to hear his thoughts on the current conference realignment situation.

He told the newspaper he expects the Sooners to make a decision about their future conference affiliation within the next “10 to 14 days,” but expressed hope that the Big 12 could rebuild even if they decide to look to the Pac-12 with Oklahoma State coming along for the ride.

“I don’t want to go too far there, (but) there’s a legal basis for the Big 12 to go on and, certainly, I would expect that to continue,” he said in a phone interview.

Not that Deaton is expecting Oklahoma to go.

“If things change, we’ll try to keep it together and move forward with other members,” he said, later adding, “I’m a little more optimistic certainly today than I was maybe a week ago, but that’s based on the fact that I think good, careful reasoning and analysis of what’s in the best interests of each of our institutions will continue to bind us together as a conference.”

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Friday K-State links

Kansas State athletic director John Currie posted a new letter to fans today on kstatesports.com. In it, he went into great detail about how hard he is working during the current conference realignment shuffle.

During one day last week, he said he spent close to three straight hours on the phone “with a myriad of athletics colleagues and partners from around the country including AD’s, bowl and media representatives, etc., as well as President Schulz and others.”

You can check out the full letter here. He didn’t share much insight that isn’t already known, but it’s still worth a read.

One highlight paragraph from the letter: He thinks the Big 12 is where K-State ought to be.

“We continue to believe that K-State’s interests are best served in our current contiguous geography and great rivalries.”

– Sticking with the conference realignment theme, the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls offered up this great piece today. He makes a number of solid points, the best being that Baylor (along with others) insisting on keeping their legal options open against Texas A&M will turn out to be hypocrites should the Big 12 stay together and try to raid another conference to get back to 12 members.

– A couple of former K-State standouts had terrific games at the NFL level last night. Jordy Nelson caught a touchdown pass and looked as good as any other receiver on the field while helping the Packers beat the Saints.

And Darren Sproles looked fantastic in his running back/returner role with New Orleans. Many Saints fans wondered if he could fill in for Reggie Bush. A 72-yard punt return for a touchdown proved his worth pretty quickly.

Friday K-State links

When recruiting guru Dalonte Hill left Kansas State for Maryland, he did so for a number of reasons. A pay increase was not one of them.

The Baltimore Sun, according to sources, reported today that Hill will make a salary of $300,000 with the Terps. That will make him one of the highest paid assistant coaches in all of college basketball, but he will no longer be the highest paid.

While at K-State, he was making $423,750 annually before bonuses.

– It seems like I get a Google News update every few hours about current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger. The former K-State player and coach has people feeling optimistic about Sooners basketball again, and the Oklahoman recently looked back at the impact he had with the Wildcats.

– Tom Keegan, of the Lawrence Journal-World, is still shocked that K-State went 13-1 against Kansas in athletic contests this season. Here’s his take on what it means for the Jayhawks.

– This ESPN blog takes a look at what former K-State assistant football coach Ricky Rahne is facing this season at Vanderbilt.

Monday K-State Links

– Daniel Thomas made a guest appearance at a junior football camp in Pratt. According to The Pratt Tribune’s Grant Guggisberg, who caught up with the former K-State running back in a short interview, the NFL lockout hasn’t slowed his development with the Miami Dolphins.

“I’ve been working out with the team and I’ve got the playbook and everything. I’ve worked with the quarterbacks to learn the system and everything, so there’s ways of working around it. Hopefully we can get started more in July.”

– After a strong year in numerous sports, K-State put out this article on its successes.

– Some good quarterbacks came out of college in 2009. Has Josh Freeman become the best NFL player of the bunch? Two ESPN experts debate the topic.

– K-State fans who still haven’t gotten over the penalty issued to Adrian Hilburn at the end of the Pinstripe Bowl had to be throwing their hands up in disgust when they saw this celebration from the United States Men’s National Soccer Team yesterday.

After scoring the first goal of a 2-0 win over Jamaica, Jermaine Jones ran to midfield and celebrated with — what else? — a salute. In soccer, you have to go WAY overboard to earn a celebration penalty, so it comes as no surprise that the game continued without incident. But when Jones later said it was, “A nice little gift,” to his dad on Father’s Day and a sign of respect it certainly reminded me of what Hilburn said in New York.

Tuesday K-State links

– Baseball America came out with its new NCAA Tournament projections today, and after a three-game sweep of Kansas last weekend the Wildcats have done enough to be included.

K-State heads into the Big 12 Tournament tomorrow as the No. 6 seed. With a RPI in the mid 40s and a 34-21 record, it is on the bubble. How the Wildcats play in Oklahoma City will likely decide their NCAA Tournament fate.

– Sticking with baseball, K-State closer James Allen was honored by the Big 12 this morning. The league announced its all-conference team, and he was a first-team selection. Brothers Jason King and Jared King both were second-team selections, and Nick Martini earned honorable mention honors.

– This has to be a sad day for two current, and one former, K-State basketball players. New York’s Rice High School, which Jordan Henriquez-Roberts, Shane Southwell and Curtis Kelly all attended before coming to K-State, is closing because of financial difficulties.

– Blair Kerkhoff, of the Kansas City Star, points out that K-State went 12-1 against Kansas this season. The Sunflower State rivals compete in seven sports, and the Wildcats’ only loss to the Jayhawks came at Allen Fieldhouse in men’s basketball. Jacob Pullen helped K-State avenge the loss two weeks later by scoring 38 points in a blowout win on Valentine’s Day at Bramlage Coliseum. I guess that 59-7 football victory in Lawrence was a sign of things to come.

Tuesday K-State links

New uniforms are always met with mixed reactions from a team’s fan base, and Kansas State’s new gray unis were no exception Monday night.

From what I could see on twitter and fans at the game, it seemed like most approved of the new look. But at least one national blogger and our own Bob Lutz gave the new home colors a big thumbs down.

K-State players said they liked the new uniforms and coach Frank Martin called them “big-time.” Personally, I thought they were an improvement on the purple uniforms debuted Saturday at College Station.

If you are a fan of the old white and black unis don’t fear. K-State informed me last night the purple and gray are only the Wildcats’ new alternate colors. Nike has sent white and black unis in the new style to Manhattan, too, and they will be debuted soon.
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