Happy Friday, Wildcats! We didn't win the Powerball, and neither did you, but that's okay. Both basketball teams got off the deck mid-week, the NCAA did something dumb which will allow the Big 12 to do something dumb (which means we have more things to complain about), the playoff committee did something interesting which we can't complain about, and Bill Snyder did something... weird. We've already talked about the first two of those things this week, but not the last two... so let's kick the weekend off, shall we?
Bill Snyder almost never hits the road for recruiting. So when he and Charlie Dickey hopped a flight to Central Texas yesterday, it was sort of a big deal. The reason? Trying to keep three-star offensive lineman Zach Shackleford committed, even as he preps for a visit to Austin on Saturday. Shackleford will announce his final decision on Monday, which is a pretty strong indication he's already made up his mind -- one way or another. Kellis Robinett offers up a full report at the Star.
Jeff Long's two-year term as chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has come to an end. Taking over the reins: former Wildcat linebacker and current Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. This probably won't really impact the selection process itself, but it certainly can't hurt the Big 12.
ESPN's Brandon Chatmon, as part of the site's post-season look at each team's unsung heroes, covered K-State yesterday and tabbed Charmeachealle Moore. He also mentioned Dalton Risner, Will Geary, and Donnie Starks; the latter of those three would have been a pretty good choice, given his relatively steady influence and sure tackling amid a devastated secondary. But Moore's a worthy choice as well.
Little noise from Bramlage today, but Chris Wolff at the Iowa State Daily provides a preview of Saturday's tilt with the Cyclones from the other side of the fence.
It's a day late for us, but our colleague Nicole Feyh at SB Nation's women's basketball blog Swish Appeal covered K-State's 47-44 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
The track squad will be on the road to Lawrence this afternoon to take part in the KU-KSU-WSU Showdown at the Anschutz Pavilion. Field events begin at 3, track at 5. The Wildcats crushed their in-state rivals in the event last season, but the women will be looking to get some payback after losing head-to-head to Wichita State last weekend in Manhattan.
A piece of news from Tuesday that got overlooked: Akela Jones was named USTFCCCA Division I National Female Athlete of the Week for her double win in the high jump and 60m hurdles last weekend.