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.
Get to the USA early on Saturday! The first 3,000 fans to arrive will get @Whataburger taquitos, on the house! Would @CoachBeardTTU have it any other way?— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) January 5, 2018
Still don't have your ? We've got 'em for just $15 at this link, so why wait? ➡️ https://t.co/bpkg9oqrPB #WreckEm #4To1 pic.twitter.com/HR3x2ciUWm
Still, props to Tech for firing off a promotion that temporarily caused your benevolent despot and editor emeritus to both lose their minds.
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.
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.