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K-State Slate: 6.17.14 - REcruit REname REvisit

It's an odd potpourri of stuff today for your reading enjoyment.

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Nobody else will ever get one of these.
Nobody else will ever get one of these.
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I have but one thing to say to you this fine morning, a thing of beauty and rapture. "Zusi delivers, there's Brooks, IT'S A GOAL!" USA! USA! USA!

Ahem. On with the show.

USA! USA! USA! (Okay, sorry.) We're (theoretically) a quarter of the way through the countdown now as BracketCat hits #75, Jordan Willis. And JT hit the press first with the report of Lawrence Free State OL Scott Frantz spurning Kansas and committing to K-State.

While we've already moved on to Frantz because time is a river and all that, Kellis Robinett reports on K-State's last signing, Adam Holtorf. Steve Sipple at the Lincoln Journal-Star also talked with Holtorf, who says the fact that K-State was high on him early pushed his decision.

David Ubben ranks the Big 12's non-conference games for 2014. Guess which game is number one. Speaking of which, after hitting over the weekend the early betting lines are already moving, and Auburn's -13 line over the 'Cats has already shrunk to -11.

Another story on Chris Harper's promising summer in Green Bay from Jason Wilde at channel3000 (a mixed-media outlet in Madison).

I hope you all enjoyed winning the Valley of the Sun Bowl last year, because right now that's its name. On the heels of its parent Fiesta Bowl losing its sponsorship with Tostitos, Buffalo Wild Wings has now ended their relationship with the former Copper Bowl. Then again, after BW3 decided that an MMA match was more important than their own bowl game, well. "Bye," said Curly Bill Brocius.

Missouri is the lead school for the 2015 CBE Classic at Sprint Center, and Blair Kerkhoff reports that it looks like K-State will be joining them along with Northwestern and North Carolina.

LHP Jackson Douglas, from Rochester (Minn.), was going to go to Des Moines Area CC. Suddenly, he's not anymore, as he's now headed to Tointon. He's a former teammate of current Wildcat reserve catcher Steve Serratore.

Ross Kivett and R.J. Santigate were named to the ABCA All-Midwest Region second team, and K-State offers its weekly summer baseball update. Among the highlights: Austin Fisher's professional debut, Levi MaVorhis is sporting a 1.50 ERA in the Cape Cod League, and Alex Bee had a good week in Sedalia.

Kelly McHugh recaps the Wildcats' weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene.

First it was the marketing department, then the digital media department. Now the athletic communications staff is hauling down accolades. KSAC received six honors, fifth-most in the entire nation, at the annual CoSIDA convention in Orlando. K-State's football media guide, baseball poster, and BW3 Bowl media guide all placed second in the nation in their categories. The men's basketball media guide took third, and the men's basketball and rowing posters grabbed fourth-place honors.

First Wyoming stole Craig Bohl. Now Iowa's taken away North Dakota State's athletic director, as Gene Taylor's moving on to Iowa City to become Iowa AD Gary Barta's chief deputy.

The Capital-Journal's Jan Biles breaks down the 2014-15 season at McCain Auditorium Highlights include Manhattan visits from Buddy Guy, Wynton Marsalis, Garrison Keillor, Yo-Yo Ma, LeAnn Rimes, William Shatner, and The Chieftains. Also part of the 2014-15 McCain season, but taking place at the Wareham on Poyntz, will be a two-show one-night visit from the current version of Chicago's famous Second City troupe.