We're going to bypass our usual Friday practice of offering trenchant editorial commentary, and instead offer our thoughts and prayers to the community of Hesston. Kansas has, remarkably, been historically free of incidents such as this, with the last known spree shooting occuring at Goddard Junior High way back in 1985. (There have been multiple-victim homicides in Kansas since, but they've all been of the home variety.)
But it's still pretty terrible to see the trend encroach on the Sunflower State.
Luke chatted with Danny Lawhon of the Des Moines Register in the latest installment of Bring on the Podcast.
Ryan Young at the Iowa State Daily previews Saturday's matchup at Hilton from the Cyclone perspective.
Jason Sager at HCS is upset... at you, for not filling enough seats at Bramlage.
In Surprise, Arizona, K-State (2-3) lost 7-5 to Oregon State (4-1) after taking a 3-0 lead, and a 5-4 lead into the eighth. It's the Cats' fourth straight loss to the Beavers, following last year's walk-off win by Oregon State (also in Surprise) and the two-game comeback win in Corvallis in the 2013 Super Regional. An additional game report is available via our friend Andy Wooldridge at our sister Oregon State site Building the Dam.
The two teams will meet again at 2pm today, with lefty Parker Rigler taking on Beaver righty Jake Thompson.
Be sure to tune into the NFL Network today, as both Cody Whitehair and Glenn Gronkowski will take part in their on-field workouts. The running backs are first, followed by the offensive linemen. If you're at work or otherwise television-deprived, you can catch the action on NFLN Online.
Of course, the Wildcat getting all the ink today is the one who's probably not a potential first-rounder. Gronkowski has been the target of many microphones this week, due to the antics of his big brother. FOX's Alex Marvez, USA Today's Laken Litman, and Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News all have pieces today reporting that Baby Gronk was not anywhere near brother Rob's party boat to the Bahamas.
In other football news, Kirk Schulz and John Currie announced a $2.9 million donation from Steve and Kay Theede which will effectively finish funding for the northeast corner project.
Lastly, the season ticket plan for 2016 has been announced. Those go on sale March 1, and the packages are basically the same as last year. The six home games this year are Florida Atlantic, Missouri State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, and that school down the river.
In 1976, K-State won both the men's and women's Big Eight indoor track titles. Today and tomorrow in Ames, they'll both be hoping to snap a 40-year drought as they compete in the 2016 Big 12 indoor track championships. For the men, who finished in ninth place last season, it's a tall order. The women, however, are ranked seventh in the nation, and only fifth-ranked Texas would appear to be standing in their way. Last year, the Wildcat women came a heartbreaking 6.5 points short of surpassing the Longhorns. The Big 12 Championships can be viewed online via FloSports.
After a great weekend last week which included back-to-back sweeps of Air Force and Drake, the tennis team packs up for that other Manhattan. At the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York, K-State will face hosts Columbia at noon today; on Saturday, also at noon, they'll take on the Memphis Tigers.
As a disappointing final season churns onward, K-State's equestrian team is in Athens, Ga., today for a doubleheader against second-ranked Georgia and #8 Fresno State.