K-State Slate: 8.6.12

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K-State Football

K-State's media day was Friday, so we actually have news articles about K-State football.

Can K-State replicate last year's winning recipe? It depends on what the recipe was. If it was underrated talent and great focus and execution, then perhaps. If it was more based on good fortune, then it's going to be a little more difficult.

K-State's wide receivers want to play a larger role in that winning recipe. Given that a larger role for the receivers would mean a little relief for Collin Klein, I think everyone is OK with that.

Ty Zimmerman has earned his starting spot at safety through perseverance.

Nigel Malone should be fine after his minor offseason injury ... delaying the Gronk invasion ... youth on the offensive line ... waiting on Marquez Clark ... new recruit at linebacker.

Zimmerman and Malone have a new defensive coordinator this year, as Tom Hayes takes over for the departed Chris Cosh.

Bill Connelly has his preview of K-State football this season. The numbers still aren't there, but he's not willing to bet against The Wizard.

The Olympics

Erik Kynard breezed through the high jump preliminaries yesterday and will compete in the finals on Tuesday. Jesse Williams and Jamie Nieto, also coached by K-State's Cliff Rovelto, also advanced to the finals.

The finals will be the next act in Kynard's life, which he describes as resembling a movie the last few weeks.

K-State's Austra Skujyte, competing for her native Lithuania, narrowly missed a medal (she finished fifth) in the women's heptathlon.

K-State Basketball

Bruce Weber's squad prepared for its trip to Brazil with a scrimmage on Saturday. In the scrimmage, the players had to get used to the international ball and 24-second shot clock. Anyone who went to the scrimmage, feel free to report on what you saw.

Big 12 Football

Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall, who failed an offseason drug test in the wake of TCU's drug bust, won't face discipline from head coach Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs have already adjusted to this major conference thing quite nicely.

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