Good morning, and welcome to the last regularly-scheduled non-Monday Slate I will ever write.
BracketCat only got to profile one guy yesterday, as the Wildcats only have one #12: Stanton Weber. But we made up for it.
KSUEMAW! examined the top five Big 12 games on K-State's basketball schedule for the upcoming season, JT previewed the UTEP Miners as part of the Look-Ahead Rewind, and we officially said farewell to Derek and took the mask off Ahearn in this week's Bring on the Podcast.
Oh, yeah, and Curtis made a Really Big Announcement of Some Import.
Kellis Robinett breaks down the Wildcats, discusses the offense under returning starter Jake Waters (specifically), and adds to the legend of Ryan Mueller. Of note: Mueller was told "thanks, but no thanks" by such FCS schools as Northern Iowa, Missouri State, and Kansas.
We got the following tweet yesterday, and I thought it was pretty cool:
@BringOnTheCats Bill Snyder stem cells?— Derek C (@DACox17) August 18, 2014
Turns out that Sam Brownback actually made a joke about that yesterday during a talk supporting stem cell research. "We're going to be able to keep Bill Snyder for another 20 years. We got it figured out," the governor said.
David Ubben has officially confused me, as he predicts every Big 12 team's record. He's got K-State at 9-3 (6-3)... while beating Auburn and Oklahoma, so you got me, man. He doesn't explain which two Big 12 teams that don't wear green are going to beat the 'Cats.
The Wildcats check in at number 17 in Paul Myerberg's countdown at USA Today. It should be noted that last year, while everyone else in the media was calling for 6-6, Myerberg predicted K-State would go 8-4. Myerberg didn't expect the NDSU loss.
Oh, you thought 17 was nice? CBS's Dennis Dodd reveals his preseason power poll, and the 'Cats are 16th.
...you know what, as much as the DISRESPECT meme angers me, I'm not all that happy about all this RESPECT the Wildcats are getting as the season approaches. It scares me.
Matt Brown is a rarity: a Sports on Earth writer who didn't get laid off earlier this month. He has 20 things to know about the Big 12 this year, and three of his top five games this year involving Big 12 teams involve K-State.
An uncredited editorial in the Lawrence Journal-World praises Bill Snyder for his recent rant about college football selling itself out.
The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel dismisses the AP poll as meaningless, then goes on to analyze it anyway because it's fun. This seems familiar.
Iowa State has settled on Sam Richardson as their starting quarterback.
NBC Sports says Park Hill's Landry Shamet is becoming a hot property due to a shortage of guards and snipers. Well, he's cut his list to four, and K-State's on it. Missouri isn't.
The Tuesday summer update is now limited to the pros, as the current crop of Wildcats are headed back to campus. Evan Marshall recorded three scoreless appearances last week, including striking out the side in the seventh inning against Miami. Marshall hasn't allowed a run this month. Carlos Torres also had three appearances last week for the Mets, allowing a homer the first time out, but emerging otherwise unscathed.
A.J. Morris went from the Florida State League to Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis in one week. Kyle Hunter threw 4.1 scoreless innings for Jackson (SEA-AA). Jared King hit .400 last week for the St Lucie Mets (High-A), and his hitting .291 on the year. Ross Kivett got off to a rough start at Class A West Michigan, going 0-5 in his first two games. He was 3-11 the rest of the week, though.