K-State Slate: 6.5.14 - Kansas Sports Hall of Fame honors K-State athletes

DeLoss Dodds probably looked better in purple - Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Newsy Wednesday is followed--predictably--by snoozy Thursday...

Today's theme features well-deserved accolades for some former Wildcats. The inductees for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were announced yesterday.

Basketball standouts Ed Nealy and Chuckie Williams headline the class for K-State. Bonner Springs native Nealy is the all-time leading rebounder in school history, and was the first K-State player to reach 1000 points and rebounds. Williams, a two-time All-American from Columbus, Ohio, helped K-State to two NCAA regional finals and the 1973 Big Eight title.

Legendary Smith Center football coach Roger Barta is also named to the 2014 HoF class. He has the highest winning percentage in state history and won eight state championships over a 36-year career.

Finally, the 2014 HoF class also includes a name that is familiar to everyone across the conference: K-State track standout and Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds. A native of Riley, Dodds was the 440 m champion at K-State and the track and cross country head coach, winning six Big Eight titles, before becoming athletic director at K-State in 1977.

The Hall of Fame honorees were not the only former K-State athletes receiving praise recently. Petra Niedermayerova (tennis) and Jared Moore (baseball) were among 20 Big 12 student-athletes receiving Prentice Gautt postgraduate scholarships. The award is a $9000 scholarship for student-athletes with a GPA above 3.5 who are going on to graduate school. Niedermayerova is entering a doctoral program in economics at Boston College, while Moore has been accepted into the MBA program at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business.

BracketCat profiled walk-on wide receiver Dawson Elliott, #87.

Who are the top coaches in K-State basketball history? Not surprisingly, Tex Winter tops the list. Tom Asbury is noteworthy only for his absence from this list.

ESPN's Jake Trotter picks Auburn's visit to K-State for his Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip visit for week 4 of the season. Others also have the game circled as must-see football. Given that everyone expects Auburn to be too fast and too talented for K-State, this will be our first big chance to ride the DISRESPECT meme this year.

Meanwhile, as we navigate the doldrums of the sports landscape in the summer, SportsWatch gives us twenty random facts about the upcoming season. Bill Snyder is mentioned in passing, buried between various tired remarks about Jameis Winston.

Three of the best pole vaulters in the country all went to the same high school, including K-State's Kyle Wait. Gardner-Edgerton owns the pole vault.

Twenty years ago, the United States hosted the World Cup championships and changed American soccer forever. The SB Nation Longform remembers: That Wonderful Summer.

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