K-State Slate: 4.28.14

Not the best #44 on the field Saturday, but just as important. - Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Spring football is over, and the long cold winter begins.

Derek reports from the Spring Game, and at this moment nobody's commented. Ahem. Also, Ryan Mueller conspires to set off your allergies, John Currie conspires to set off your ego, and TB interviews K-State recruit Adam Holtorf.

Before we get to reactions to the Spring Game, the SEC's doing something of import. They're keeping their ridiculous 6-1-1 schedule which results in each team hosting six of their alleged "conference mates" only once every 12 years and guarantees that SEC players who stay four years will absolutely never get to play against two other SEC teams during their entire careers. But that's just a maintaining of the status quo, so no biggie. What's big? They have now mandated that every team in the conference must play at least one non-conference game per year against a team from the other Power Five conferences. Of course, since they're sticking with an eight-game conference schedule, what I forsee happening here is that SEC teams will all play an ACC team (the other Power Five conference still sticking to an eight-game schedule for the moment). If the ACC goes to nine, though, this presents a very serious issue and yet another brilliant move on Mike Slive's part which can only be combatted by refusing to play along: if everyone else is playing nine (theoretical) top-level opponents a year, and the SEC is forcing its members to do the same without making the patently obvious move of increasing its conference schedule to nine... it means that they're essentially hoping that fourteen Power Five schools every year are willing to add an SEC opponent, and thus play ten Power Five schools while most SEC schools are still only playing nine, while at the same time being able to stand up and say, "Look, we're making our teams play real opponents!"

Mad genius. We shoulda hired this guy back before the SEC did.

On to Saturday: Ken Corbitt and Kellis Robinett recap the actual game, won 23-13 by the Purple squad (the starters), and the upshot of it all is that some of those guys wearing white may be starting when Stephen F. Austin comes to town August 30. Meanwhile, Sports Extra's Kelly McHugh chimes in from BSFS, and Daniel Spaen of Fansided's Clones Confidential took a look at the K-State spring game and didn't like what he saw... as a Cyclone fan, that is.

Daniel Sams didn't shine, but he's a work in progress, says the C-J's Tim Bisel.

Noted within Corbett's article: 2014 captains have now been named. Jake Waters, Tyler Lockett, and B.J. Finney are the offensive captains, with Jonathan Truman and Ryan Mueller serving on defense. Weston Hiebert is the special teams captain, and "honorary" captaincies were granted to Dante Barnett and Curry Sexton.

Lots of feedback on the stadium expansion plans -- announced at the game and in this letter from John Currie -- in the news Sunday, including a non-bylined report at the Star, a brief story from the Collegian's John Zetmeir at the Capital-Journal, and the AP's Dave Skretta weighs in courtesy of the Franklin (Ind.) Daily Journal. The Cap-Journal's Kevin Haskin also editorializes on the announcement.

One thing we'll all have to keep in mind: bowl preparations (making assumptions here) and spring practice will be a major headache during next off-season, as they'll break ground on the new facility immediately after K-State's final home game against Kansas on November 29. Like, literally, that day. It will be a challenge and a distraction, but one well worth it in the long run.

The bulk of Saturday's hot takes had nothing to do with Purple vs White or the stadium expansion, however. They had to do with McPherson's Kaiden Schroeder, an 8-year-old with leukemia, and if you haven't already seen the video by now stop right now and go watch it. Obviously, this is a carry-on from something Bo Pelini and Nebraska did last spring -- although it should be noted that they'd planned to do this for Kaiden last year, but he couldn't due to ongoing cancer treatments -- but let's all be honest here: this is something that should be copied and which will never get old. It may not get all the attention after we get used to it happening, but that doesn't matter; what matters is the moment, for the kids who get to have that moment, and for the players who get to participate in it, and for the fans who are there to witness it, and for everyone who gets to help make it happen.

Oh, takes. Robinett reports, and Kaidan's Play got play at USA Today's For The Win courtesy of Nate Scott, CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football from Tom Fornelli (with a great quote), NBC Sports College Football Talk with Kevin McGuire, and at Yahoo! courtesy of Nick Bromberg. Sean Keeler at FOX Sports KC has probably the best full story, loaded with quotes from the family and players.

This weekend saw the fourth annual Get Busy Livin' 5K run in Pittsburg, sponsored by the Dylan Meier Foundation.

And finally, Ubben's spring power rankings.

I (Friday) simply (Saturday) have no (Sunday) words. Swept in Morgantown, BatCats now 23-22, 4-11. From Super Regional to probably no Big 12 Tournament berth. It's a bitter pill.

Sara Savatovic highlighted K-State's efforts at the Drake Relays, nabbing first place in the hammer throw on Saturday. Unfortunately, other than Erica Twiss coming in third in the Heptathlon on Thursday, that was the only top-three finish for the Cats at the massive event.

Petra Niedermayerova's Big 12 career is officially over, as K-State fell to Oklahoma State 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 championship on Friday. Petra awaits the NCAA singles selection next month to see if her college career is over.

At the Big 12 championships, the men got off to a horrible start on Friday and never recovered, finishing ninth out of nine teams, although Daniel Wood did place tenth overall individually. Wood himself had a miserable Friday, but shot six-under on the weekend to finish at +3, 14 strokes off the lead. The women, on the other hand, had a great Friday, finishing the first 18 in second place with Gianna Misenhelter, Carly Ragains, and Olivia Eliasson all in the top ten at a combined two-under par. Then the weekend came and it all fell apart. Those three were 14 strokes over on Saturday, and another 18 over on Sunday, plunging the Wildcats all the way to eighth place overall, only a stroke ahead of last-place TCU.

But it wasn't all bad news. K-State alum Robert Streb tied for second place two strokes back of Seung-Yul Noh, and earned just a hair under $600K, at the PGA's Zurich Classic.

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