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K-State Slate: 1.19.15 - MLK Day Potpourri

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We're all over the map this morning as we start off your holiday reading.

Our boy's making waves this weekend.
Our boy's making waves this weekend.
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For many of you, this is the first conclusion of a long weekend this year. For others, it's just another day. Either way, please take a moment and remember what today really stands for; not so much about one man, and not even so much about the movement which centered around him. No, today is about always remembering to stand up for fairness and equality, and with human nature being what it is that's a fight that may never end.

Meanwhile, here in our playground, nothing's been posted since yesterday's Slate, so we'll get right to the links:

Rob Rang at CBSSports.com says B.J. Finney was one of the standouts at the East-West Shrine Game.

Kyle Frederickson of the Oklahoman spoke to Cowboy commit Bryce Balous, who used to be a Wildcat commit. Balous gave his main reason for switching: less strain on his family getting to home games. Can't fault a kid for that, I guess.

David Ubben drops his Big 12 Power Rankings, and K-State is... well, probably not where you expect. But I bet you already know who isn't in the top spot.

The C-J's Ken Corbitt focuses on Nino Williams in the wake of the Baylor win.

Time to get a little international! First, Leighton Levy of the Kingston (Jamaica) Gleaner discusses K-State's Christoff Bryan's pursuit of the Jamaican national junior record in the high jump. Bryan cleared 2.25m this weekend at Ahearn; the record he's chasing is 2.27m. Bryan's misses at Ahearn were all at 2.28m.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Nationnews reports that K-State long jumper Akela Jones was awarded Barbados' 2014 National Sports Personality award on Saturday. She wasn't able to attend, as she, like Bryan, was a little busy at Ahearn. Jones is already the national record holder in the long jump, without even the junior qualification.

Jim McLaughlin, who spent four years at K-State and let the volleyball program to their first-ever appearance in the Sweet Sixteen before leaving for Washington, has now left the Huskies to take over the reins at Notre Dame. The move takes McLaughlin full circle, as he'd been hired away from Notre Dame by K-State back in 1997, and took the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament in all four of his years in Manhattan.