Lots to cover, so let's get right to it.
Ron Prince has told offensive coordinator James Franklin to take as much time as necessary to deal with the death of his mother. For those who don't know about the situation, hit the most recent diary over there on the right sidebar. Because of the uncertainty, Prince will likely be calling the plays Saturday in Stillwater when the Cats take on Oklahoma State. Probably not too big of a deal, Prince was an offensive coordinator at Virginia and, according to the KC Star, his "fingerprints are usually all over the Wildcats' gameplan anyway."
The KC Star's Blair Kerkhoff notes that K-State, KU and Mizzou are all ranked in the AP top 25, which has never happened before. He also ranks the Cats the fifth-best team in the conference.
Ron Prince and the KC Star think Oklahoma State will be a tough opponent...and compared news of the Cowboys win over Nebraska to "a dramatic dip in the market." Yeah, it's not every day the Cornhuskers trail 38-0 at halftime.
Coach Frank Martin landed another big man from Arlington Country Day (Fla.). For those of you who don't remember, that's the high school where former K-State center Jason Bennett played. Wally Judge is a 6'9", 218-pound junior from the Florida school. Let's hope he pans out better than Bennett did...
Incoming recruit Dominique Sutton will not be eligible until December, at the earliest. He missed Madness in Manhattan because he didn't have all his academic ducks in a row.
Speaking of last Friday's Madness in Manhattan, here is a stream of consciousness regarding the season-opening event. While I was in Manhattan last Friday, I deemed a return trip to Aggieville more exciting than a few hours at Bramlage (maybe a bad decision, given the headache I had Saturday morning...smoking really needs to be banned in Manhattan). The KC Star notes in breathless terms that the Michael Beasley era has begun in Manhattan. Bill Walker's knee is apparently healed after he tore it up against Texas A&M last year. Despite the cancellation of the dunk contest, the Manhattan Mercury reports Michael Beasley, Bill Walker, and Blake Young still wowed the crowd. For a visual depiction, check out the YouTube video below.