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K-State Slate: 6.18.14 - Gipson rehabs, Weber Speaks

It's a really slow WedNewsday, even by the usual standards.

The Big Man Speaks.
The Big Man Speaks.
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There simply isn't a great deal to share with you this fine Wednesday, so we'll cough up the few bits we have and then you can play Community Links Bingo. Sound fun? Sure it does. On we go.

Number 74 on BracketCat's countdown: Kason Hostrup.

Rick Peterson at the Capital-Journal caught up with Thomas Gipson on Tuesday. Big Gip was taking his turn in Topeka at Bob Chipman's summer camp, getting in some reps to work on his shoulder.

Bruce Weber was interrogated on the Big 12 summer teleconference. He says the new guys are getting in the groove quickly, and also noted that trying to keep players from transferring is almost as much a part of recruiting now as signing them in the first place.

This is just... well. Sometimes, you just have to swallow your bile and make a tough decision. So at next year's World University Games, are you going to root against the USA or are you going to root for the Jayhawks? Because that's a choice you have to make now.

Season tickets for women's basketball go on sale Monday, which is weird since the schedule hasn't been announced yet. Normal season tickets range from $20, if you've got football or men's basketball season tickets, up to $132 (plus $50 per account to the Ahearn Fund) for chairbacks. There's also a courtside option for $165 (plus a $500 contribution per account).

K-State provides a summer golf update. Sophomore Seth Smith won the (St. Louis) East Side Amateur, and Olivie Eliasson played in the St. Ibb Ladies Open, a professional event on the Swedish tour; she took 10th place.

Something very strange has happened in college athletics. No, not anything to do with the O'Bannon trial. For what we're pretty sure is the first time ever, a school which did not previously sponsor a sport has basically acquired -- lock, stock, and barrel -- another school's program in that sport. Virginia Intermont College, a small school in Bristol VA with a very notable equestrian program, closed its doors due to bankruptcy at the end of the school year.

But their equestrian program will survive, not only in functionality but in name, as the program has been acquired by nearby Emory & Henry College, a respected D-III school located about 10 miles to the north. This isn't quite the same as what happened when Nebraska-Omaha dropped wrestling and Nebraska hired their coach and took on the entire team as transfers; indeed, the former VIC riders aren't guaranteed a spot at E&H. It's an actual acquisition of a kind we've never seen before. What is now technically Emory & Henry's equestrian program will be known as Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, and will retain all the prior program's facilities, leases, and records. Strange stuff; imagine if Bethel closed and we took on their softball program, calling it Bethel Softball at Kansas State University, playing home games in Lindsborg. That's what this equates to.