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K-State Slate: 8.8.14 - Predicting the season

More fallout from Snyder's comments to take you into the weekend...

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

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<section class="s-news"><p>BracketCat leads off with a pair #23s, Collin Sexton and Cre Moore.

Don't miss Bring on the Podcast, featuring Ahearn Alley and Derek Smith chatting with Bill Connelly, who puts the 2013 season down to a staggering run of bad luck and predicts an upset win over Auburn.</p>

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<section class="s-news"><p>In case you missed it in yesterday's Slate, in the comments section two days ago, or you've been living under a rock with no ESPN, you've heard that Bill Snyder got off a pretty good rant about the state of college athletics. Tim Bisel, writing for the Topeka Capital-Journal thinks Snyder may have a point, but Bob Lutz thinks Snyder is trying to have it both ways.

On the other hand, ESPN's Joe Schad thinks that Snyder makes some good points but that train has basically left the station, and the changes happening in college athletics will ultimately benefit the student-athlete. In the same clip, Danny Kannell, in endorsing Snyder's view, suggests that caring about student-athletes should not be limited to putting dollars in their pockets.

Snyder's remarks were prompted by questions on the Power 5 autonomy vote. Yesterday, the NCAA board voted to allow these five conferences autonomy to craft their own rules. In a move designed to prevent the power conferences from leaving the NCAA altogether, the rich of the college athletics world may have gotten much richer.

As for the rules themselves, a newly constituted 80-member panel (including fifteen current student-athletes) will determine autonomous policies for the five conferences. The mothership has a short primer on voting and the autonomy rules.

Closer to home and more relevant to actual football, ESPN's Jake Trotter previews K-State's season, and offers up best and worst case scenarios. Meanwhile, Kellis Robinett remarks on the absence of the much touted junior college playersat Media Day, but the players are expected to arrive soon and will provide immediate depth and impact.

On, and this happened: K-State freshmen get terrible haircuts.


Finally, a short programming note:  SB Nation will be unavailable from 1am to (approximately) 3am Monday morning for scheduled routine maintenance. This shouldn't impact you at all unless you're a serious insomniac.

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Happy weekend, all!