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K-State Slate: 12.12.13

Jon cures SloWednewsday by tossing you a dose of The National, and Ryan Mueller just wants to make Bill Snyder happy.

I'm not going to argue with you, Bruce.
I'm not going to argue with you, Bruce.
Jamie Squire

Previously on BotC:

Kitchen's Big 12 basketball power rankings. Go read after this.

Why can’t we make coach happy at the end of the season? -Ryan Mueller


Ryan Mueller is bound and determined to give Bill Snyder a great Christmas gift: a bowl win. Lots of great quotes in this one, kids.


The Cats are still trying to get in sync offensively, and Bruce Weber admits he's probably not preparing the team adequately.


K-State gets yet another grant, its third Feed the Future Innovation Lab stipend in the last five months, to study ways to reduce post-harvest loss.


Baker Mayfield of Texas Tech nabbed the Big 12's Offensive Freshman of the Year award yesterday. He won't be winning any other Big 12 honors, because he's leaving Lubbock due to "miscommunication". As David Ubben put it: "Awkward." (More from Viva the Matadors)

The coaching carousel's been spinning the last week. After Steve Sarkisian left Washington for USC and was replaced by Chris Petersen, Arkansas State's Bryan Harsin went back home to Boise to replace Petersen. As a result, Arkansas State will start 2014 with their fifth coach in five seasons -- and, amazingly, they've gone 31-19 over the last four years despite all the turnover.

That wasn't all, by any means. Last week, Miami (OH) hired Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin to replace the departed Don Treadwell; yesterday, Connecticut turned around and stole the Irish defensive coordinator. Bob Diaco takes over in Storrs from interim coach T.J. Weist, who'd let the Huskies to a 3-5 record after replacing the fired Paul Pasqualoni back in September.

Bowling Green's looking for a new guy now in the wake of their MAC championship, as Dave Clawson has been lured away by Wake Forest to replace the retired Jim Grobe. Assistant Adam Scheier will serve as the Falcons' interim boss for their Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl appearance against Pitt.

Finally, the Stan Parrish era at Eastern Michigan is (mercifully) over after only three games. Parrish, who took over the Eagles when Ron English was fired for being stupid, has been replaced by former Drake head coach Chris Creighton. No, we're not sure how it came to pass that DRAKE would ever have hired a guy named CREIGHTON in the first place, so don't ask. Creighton, who led Drake to a 42-22 record in five years, also went 63-17 in seven years at Wabash and, prior to that, was 32-9 at Kansas NAIA power Ottawa. That's 139-46 for his career. That's not too shabby. Creightom has never coached a team to a losing season. We'll see how he can do at a school who's had exactly one winning campaign since Bill Snyder's first year in Manhattan. Or, to put a bloodier point on it, since before their new coach -- who, again, has won 139 career games already -- ever took charge of a college sideline.

Cade Foster took a lot of crap for missing a field goal (after already having made one before it was wiped out due to a penalty, mind you). Now I guess George W. Bush is horning in on Bill Snyder's racket, and let's not even think about using this to start a political discussion.

And finally, K-State's not the only major program who's regretting ever speaking to Gene Taylor. North Dakota State upended Notre Dame last night in men's basketball, and I'm just fine with that.