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SLATE: Texas Tech is giving away Whataburger at Kansas State game Saturday

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And some other more important news.

See y’all later. Tye and I are racing to Lubbock.
See y’all later. Tye and I are racing to Lubbock.
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Kansas State Wildcats travel to Lubbock tomorrow to face Texas Tech Red Raiders fresh off the Red Raiders’ defeat of that school down the river earlier this week. And Tech is doing something to make sure the stands are packed: they’re giving away free Whataburger to the first 3,000 fans. This is as good an excuse as any to turn United Supermarkets Center purple, if you ask us.

Well, except that the “free Whataburger” is just a breakfast taco. That puts a damper on things.

Still, props to Tech for firing off a promotion that temporarily caused your benevolent despot and editor emeritus to both lose their minds.

At the Capital-Journal, Ken Corbitt previews tomorrow’s game, while Kevin Lyttle of the Austin American-Statesman asks if Texas Tech is really for real this time.

In news from the other side of Bramlage, Karyla Middlebrook’s career is over. The senior guard’s attempt to come back from five -- yes, five — off-season surgeries isn’t working out, and the Alabama transfer is opting to become a student assistant on Jeff Mittie’s staff for the rest of the year. Middlebook averaged just under nine points a game as a Wildcat, topped by a 27-point outburst in Norman last January. It’s a sad ending to a solid career for the Kansas City-area native, but we hope this starts her on a long career path on the sidelines.

Football

The question of what Bill Snyder would do with the tenth coaching position teams are allowed starting next season appears to have an answer. GoPowercat reports that Snyder will be hiring former All-Big 12 K-State lineman Zach Hanson as tight ends coach. Hanson was previously a quality control coach for the Cats, and has spent the last two years at North Carolina as a graduate assistant.

Track and Field

Yesterday’s Sports Extra has Corbin McGuire profiling hammer thrower Mitch Dixon, who transitioned to the field event from a celebrated high school career playing rugby. Dixon was a member of the Team USA U-20 squad. Huh.