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K-State Slate: 1.26.15 - Turn South on Tex Winter Drive

A legend gets a permanent honor, while Nino and Tyler make waves.

Tex Winter gets a road sign.
Tex Winter gets a road sign.
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Gate 7 off Kimball Avenue, the western-most access to the East Lot, used to empty onto an unnamed stretch of blacktop running along the east side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum. It's not unnamed anymore. Saturday, the road was christened Tex Winter Drive, the culmination of an effort started by Bruce Weber himself to permanently honor the legendary coach.

Not much going on yesterday other than BracketCat's latest edition of the RPI Watch.

Ken Corbitt of the Capital-Journal reports on the Wildcat defense's efforts to keep the season going in the right direction.

Chip Rouse, writing for Fansided's Talking 12 blog, says Nino Williams is on the way to staking a claim as a legitimate Big 12 Player of the Year candidate.

The Tulsa World's John Klein likens the Big 12 in basketball to the SEC in football.

K-State was swept Sunday in Los Angeles, falling 4-0 to UCLA. There's no shame there, though, as UCLA is the #1 team in the country. The Wildcats will return to action this weekend in Colorado, facing the Buffaloes on Saturday and then heading to Colorado Springs on Sunday to take on Air Force.

Buried in this report on Miami football in the Palm Beach Post: Wildcat commit Mohammed Barry has apparently told Rivals that the Hurricanes have pulled even with K-State in his recruitment. What's unclear here is to whom Barry made this comment; if it was to one of Miami's Rivals scribes, it should be taken with a grain of salt for obvious reasons. (Recruits don't like to tell writers affiliated with a school bad news.)

Jeff Risdon of RealGM says Tyler Lockett may have made himself a low second-round pick with his Senior Bowl Week escapades. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke is also a fan. Lockett didn't get much more press from his performance in the game itself (three catches for 48 yards, two carries for seven, and a single 22-yard kickoff return), so he didn't get mentioned by a lot of other folks whose impressions were formed by the game itself. Those include Rob Rang at CBS, Knox Bardeen at FOX, and our SB Nation colleague Dan Kadar.

A K-State alum has been named the new head coach at American Canyon High School in Solano County, California. Iola native Larry Singer, who played two years at Garden City but didn't walk on after transferring to K-State, takes over a program which has won at least a share of the conference championship and made the state playoffs three years running. Singer graduated from K-State with a degree in management.