K-State Slate: 12.5.13

Today's the day we find out this young man's fate. - Sam Greenwood

Bowl swooning, schedule changing, and #SECBasketballFever strikes Manhattan. Also, THE RETURN OF THE NATIONAL. (Sort of.)

Alright, you clowns asked for it. For now, I'll be folding The National into the Slate. We'll see how this works for now, although you can expect some changes in the future.

Football:

You could read this declaration as more "Oh, please, don't make us take Texas Tech," but I legitimately think it's more that the Holiday Bowl genuinely loves us. We're none of us enthused about this, but I think we're all in agreement that is'got nothing to do with the Holiday Bowl and everything to do with us kind of wanting to win a bowl game for a change.

As discussed yesterday, after the season opener against Stephen F. Austin, Farmageddon is now the first Saturday in September next year. The Cats will then get a bye week before Auburn comes to town, and that game may be moved to Thursday night. UTEP follows, and then the rest of the conference slate.

Basketball:

The Cats face Ole Miss tonight, and Ken Corbitt says it could be the signature victory this team desperately needs.

Kellis Robinett thinks the joint will be hopping tonight as fans turn out to... well, let's be honest, they're going to harass Marshall Henderson non-stop. Or at least they'd better.

The Star's capsule preview, and the view from the other side (Jackson, Mississippi to be exact).

Volleyball:

The Grand Island paper checks in on local girls Katie Brand and Taylor Johnson in the wake of the Lady Cats' season finale.

Another paper also just happened to run a story about a local volleyball player yesterday; the Austin (Minn.) Daily Herald talked to former Wildcat Lauren Cost, who became the first volleyball player inducted into K-State's Athletics Hall of Fame back in October.

High School:

Season wrap stories in the Star on 6A runner-up Shawnee Mission East and 5A champs Blue Valley.

Cap-Journal provides a pre-season look at the top-ranked teams in Kansas girls' basketball.

(Hey, do you guys like the inclusion of high school coverage here? Hate it? Don't care either way? Give me feedback.)

National:

Big doings in Tallahassee this afternoon as the State of Florida will announce their decision on whether they're charging Jameis Winston... who, in a brilliant case of awkward timing, was named ACC Player of the Year yesterday.

How do you replace a head coach who once quarterbacked his team to a bowl win over K-State? If you're Washington, you name a guy who once quarterbacked your team to a bowl loss to K-State. Washington has named Marques Tuiasosopo their interim guy; he was the Huskies' quarterback when the Cats beat Washington in the 1999 Holiday Bowl.

We've got another case of a coach getting abusive with players and the school handling the matter internally only to have it blow up in their face weeks after the fact. This time, it's Ferris State football coach Tony Annese.

Zach Mettenberger reportedly tore his ACL last week and won't be playing in LSU's bowl game... Auburn's already planning to give Gus Malzahn a new contract, and UCLA's already handed out a six-year extension to Jim Mora, Jr.... TCU has hired Houston's Doug Meacham as their new OC... A construction worker laboring on the renovation of Kyle Field was killed in a fall.

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