K-State Slate: 6.11.14 - Why Austin Fisher's not coming back

Goodbye, our ginger friend. - Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Wildcat shortstop is pretty savvy. Also, NCAA Track championships get underway.

Yesterday's edition of BracketCat's countdown featured Kyle Klein, and if you missed by (slight) collaboration with Roll 'Bama Roll's Erik_RBR on day one of O'Bannon, well, check it out. (I know Erik has plans to post about yesterday's testimony, but as of this moment it's not up yet.)

The Auburn game is sold out, which shouldn't be a surprise -- and, with all due respect to Auburn, shouldn't be something their media folks are gloating about as though they're responsible, either.

Despite only gaining 5.9 yards per play on 3rd-and-6 or more, K-State led the Big 12 in third-down conversion percentage by a wide margin last year, and also held opponents to their fewest yards per play on 3rd-and-6 or more. Improvement in both those areas (as well as in opponent's third-down conversion percentage) would be a great sign for 2014. All that and more in an ESPN stats look at third down in the Big 12.

Also at ESPN, the Big 12 BCS Playoff continues. Monday, 16th seed 2007 Missouri beat top seed 2005 Texas in the SportsNation poll... thanks to 2930 votes from OHIO, 99% of which were for the Tigers. ESPN "investigated" and found no evidence of foul play, which... dude. Come ON.

Arthur Brown may not secure a starting spot in Baltimore, but he's been lights-out in camp and has started getting reps with the first team, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli.

Austin Fisher has signed with the Indians, but what's interesting is that in the final rounds of day two the junior told teams "thanks but no thanks", realizing that being drafted later than the 10th round would mean he could use the leverage of possibly returning to K-State to wring more money out of his future club than he being drafted in the 9th or 10th... because the slotting rules only apply to the first ten rounds of the draft.

As for Mitch Meyer, we still don't know his decision. What we do know, courtesy of Amber Kuehn at the Helena Independent-Record, is that Mitch has not shown up in Helena to join the Brewers' rookie club.

The wait is over. Today, at 1:30 CT, the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin, and K-State's Devin Dick and Reinis Kregers get to work right away as the first event is the 100m portion of the decathlon. Wednesday and Thursday coverage is only available on ESPN3, but Friday and Saturday events will be live on ESPNU. The USTFCCCA Championship Central page is here; below is the weekend schedule for the participating Wildcats:

WEDNESDAY
TIME (CT) EVENT WILDCATS
1:30pm on Men's Decathlon Devin Dick
Reinis Kregers
3:30pm Women's Hammer Sara Savatovic
6:15pm Women's Long Jump Erica Twiss
6:45pm Women's 800m (semis) Sonia Gaskin
7:15pm Women's Javelin Danie Plank
7:30pm Men's Shot Ryan Hershberger
THURSDAY
TIME (CT) EVENT WILDCATS
1:00pm on Men's Decathlon Devin Dick
Reinis Kregers
6:30pm Men's Long Jump Devin Field
8:40pm Women's 4x400m (semis) Sonia Gaskin
Tia' Gamble
Merryl Mbeng
Sarah Kolmer
FRIDAY
TIME (CT) EVENT WILDCATS
5:20pm Men's High Jump Zack Riley
7:25pm Women's 800m (final) Sonia Gaskin
SATURDAY
TIME (CT) EVENT WILDCATS
2:30pm Men's Triple Jump Devin Field
2:35pm Men's Javelin Ivan Hartung
2:45pm Women's High Jump Alyx Treasure
5:55pm Women's 4x400m (final) Sonia Gaskin
Tia' Gamble
Merryl Mbeng
Sarah Kolmer

Obviously, for the 800m final on Friday and the 4x400m final on Saturday, Gaskin and her pals will have to qualify.

Kansas State had 257 athletes honored on the Big 12 Spring Honor Roll, including a whopping 57 with 4.0 GPAs. Notables among those 57: Jack Cantele, Brianna Craig, Tia' Gamble, Glenn Gronkowski, Lance Miles, Petra Niedermayerova (DUH), Matt Seiwert, Erica Twiss, and Stanton Weber. Though only five members of the football team racked up four-ohs, 59 members of the squad were named to the Honor Roll itself.

And today, we close with an article from Parade's Ashleigh Schmitz on prime-time's favorite Wildcat, Eric Stonetreet. And of course we get a shout-out. Because it's Eric Stonestreet. (DUH.)

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