K-State Slate: 7.2.14 - women's basketball non-conference schedule announced

Cartier just keeps plugging along. - Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Lots of random news bits today. Whee!

Yes, we're very late today. Full refunds for your monthly membership fee are available via the complaint department.

BracketCat's countdown hit 60, which you may recognize as being synonymous with "two months". Will Geary got the spotlight yesterday. Derek ruthlessly mocked the Big 12's new logo, and over 20 million Americans watched the USA fall to Belgium despite Tim Howard engaging in his own personal Thermopylae.

Mentioned in comments yesterday, Jack Karapetyan has received a medical hardship waiver for last season, which means... something going forward, I'm sure.

Jacob Westendorf of The DeKalb Daily Chronicle takes a look at two transfers who are eligible play for Northern Illinois this year. One of them, you probably already realize, is one Michael Orris.

Cartier Martin has a new job; he's signed a one-year deal with the Pistons.

The non-conference schedule has been announced finally. It starts with a pair of November warmups against Emporia State and Newman, then SIU-Edwardsville, UMKC, and Hampton come to town. A trip to Puerto Vallarta for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope follows; UTEP, LSU, and a yet-to-be-determined team make up the field. They'll come home to face Texas-Arlington before making their only true road non-conference trip... all the way to Wichita for a date with the Shockers. Then it's back home for Oral Roberts, Grambling, Abilene Christian, and finally Samford on December 30, closing out the non-conference schedule.

It's time for the weekly baseball update. Alex Bee is doing pretty well in Salina, Levi MaVorhis had his first rough outing of the summer, which was bad enough to jack his ERA all the way up to 4.50, Nick Martini hit .400 for the week in Palm Beach, and -- hey, R.J. Santigate signed as an undrafted free agent with the Angels, and made his pro debut in Orem last week.

Want to sing the national anthem at K-State's home volleyball games this year? Now's your chance. K-State is holding auditions.

Minor league baseball used to be played everywhere. I mean, everywhere; once upon a time, there were dozens of teams just in Kansas and Missouri, and the classification system went all the way from AAA down to Class D. The field contracted severely in the 1950s, leaving us with the AAA-AA-High A-Low A-Rookie system we have now, but in recent years there's been a rise of independent professional leagues (as evidenced by the existence of the T-Bones). And now, a guy named Bob Lipp is trying to get a new Kansas State League off the ground. It would likely see the return of professional baseball to Topeka for the first time since 1961, and other Kansas towns for the first time since the 1950s.

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