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K-State Slate: 9.30.13

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September lurches to a close, and fall is beginning to settle in on the plains. And now, today's news.

Next stop: Akron.
Next stop: Akron.
Stephen Dunn

The intern is still lost somewhere in the woods or something, so here I come to save the day again.

Football:

You probably don't even need a link for this one: Lane Kiffin becomes 2013's first coaching casualty. Start the carousel!

The K-State defense has been hard at work trying to fix itself.

Former Wildcat Tim Flanders went off on Saturday as his fourth-ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats knocked off #2 Eastern Washington 49-34. Flanders ran for 280 yards and scored twice, pushing his career yardage total over 5,000 yards. I think we could have used him here.

Basketball:

There's a preview of the Cats at The Hoops Report; they've got K-State slotted at 41st, which would theoretically indicate a trip to the NCAA tournament assuming at least eight teams above them win auto-bids.

Big Gip isn't as big; the junior forward has shed 25 pounds getting in shape this off-season.

Other K-State sports:

This week's schedule, with the midweek highlight being Wednesday's home volleyball match against the Beakers where the Lady Cats will try to rebound from their conference-opening loss in Morgantown over the weekend. GO.

Equestrian gets their revenge, as the #5 Cats took down #4 Oklahoma State. Let's hope that trend continues all week.

Other:

Enrollment is down statewide at KBOR institutions, although it's up at K-State and Emporia. Just not at the Flaw.

KSHSAA has released the new high school classifications (pdf) for 2013-14, and more importantly the football classifications for 2014-16. Of note: Shawnee Mission South returns to 6A in sports other than football this year after getting kicked to 5A for a year (the first time a Shawnee Mission school has ever competed outside of 6A). SM South barely survived the cut; three fewer students, and a Shawnee Mission school would have played football as a 5A for the first time ever while Blue Valley West would have made the move to the top level.

As for football reclassifications which actually happened: beginning in 2014, Blue Valley, Kansas City Harmon, and Wichita West move up to 6A, replacing demoted Leavenworth, Maize, and Wichita Heights (whose enrollment has dropped off drastically -- 1188 students in the 2011 count compared to only 956 this year). Bonner Springs, Maize South, and Saint James Academy move up to 5A; falling to 4A-DI are Andover Central, Bishop Miege, and Hays. Oh, and Oskaloosa's moving up to 3A.

Four schools with sharp growth this cycle to keep an eye on in the next round of reclassifications in 2015: 5A BV West, of course, as well as Shawnee Mill Valley and, believe it or not, Liberal; 4A Spring Hill is a threat to move up to 5A.