Kansas State wasted no time in hiring a new linebacker coach, and just in time for spring practice. Coach Klieman thumbed through his Rolodex, pulled Steve Stanard’s contact information, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Stanard, who worked with Klieman at North Dakota State under Craig Bohl, was the linebacker coach and interim defensive coordinator for Dino Babers at Syracuse. He will now be the linebacker coach at Kansas State and should provide new defensive coordinator Joe Klenderman an experienced sounding board in the coaching office.
The Wildcats went back and forth with Oklahoma State throughout the game. The Cowboys took a 5 point lead into the locker room, but K-State fought back in the second half to take a 49-48 lead. Then the wheels fell off yet again. OSU went on a 14-2 run, and although the Wildcats flirted with comeback, they could never close the gap to less than 4 points, thus securing their record setting 21st loss of the season.
The Mittiecats last home game is at 2 P.M. on Sunday against a little squad called Kansas. A win would help further solidify the Wildcats seeding heading into the Big12 tournament.
With the help of sophomore sensation Karine-Marion Job, the Wildcats pushed past Nebraska late to secure a 4-3 victory in their final non-conference game, taking their overall record to 8-4.
Kansas State will have spring break off before opening conference play at home against Oklahoma State on Friday, March 13th, at 3 P.M.
The Cats travel west and kick off a 4 game series against the Stanford, Cardinal on Friday at 8 P.M. Friday’s game will be followed by a double header on Saturday and a final game on Sunday. All-in-all, I’d rather be in Palo Alto this weekend watching some baseball.
Kansas State sits at 6-5 overall after their series sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson; while the Cardinal have rebounded from a slow start to reach 4-8 after knocking off a ranked Michigan squad on Tuesday night.