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K-State Slate: 1.4.15 - At a crossroads

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Reviewing yesterday's basketball action, and some fallout from Mora-gate.

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Curtis Kitchen writes a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece on Marcus Foster, who is at a breaking point.

Even for the Pollyanna types among us (including me), the writing is on the wall. This edition of Kansas State basketball is bad, and it is unlikely that things will improve in Big 12 play. The Wildcats lost their third straight contest (Associated Press, via ESPN), when they dropped the conference opener against Oklahoma State 61-47, thanks to a strong second half surge by the Cowboys. (K-State SID)

Questions abound. In his recap of the game, jeffp171 wonders what is really going on with this team, when even an improvement in the effort department, and a 14-point performance from Thomas Gipson, is not enough to put away one of the more mediocre teams in the conference.

Has Marcus Foster quit? After being benched at the start of the game, Foster was held scoreless over the fourteen minutes he was in the game (Tim Bisel, Topeka Capital-Journal). Bruce Weber may have tried to send his best player a message by not starting him, but it's not clear it worked. (Bob Lutz, Wichita Eagle (via Salina Journal))

If Foster has indeed quit, this could be a long winter for the program, and specifically for Weber. (Sean Keeler, FOXSports Kansas City)

The women's basketball team did not fare much better in its Big 12 opener either, falling 60-55 at Iowa State. But we can at least take heart in the effort the Wildcats put in. Trailing by 11 at the half, they mounted a brilliant second-half comeback only to fall short in the end. Ashia Woods had 21 points to lead all players, and Deborah Meeks tied her own record on the glass with six rebounds.

Thanks to Jim Mora, Jr., Kansas State football remains in the news for at least another day. By now, everyone has heard of handshake gate and is probably already tired of it. But I direct you to read Jon Morse's rational explanations for an excellent summary.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Coach Mora may have deleted his Twitter account yesterday (Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star), but he may be back on the social networking service with a private, protected account, according to a post at Bruins Nation. There is some speculation that this might be a sign Mora is headed to the NFL.

Kansas State's nearly-successful second-half rally in the Alamo Bowl was motivated partly by not wanting to quit 'like Florida State.' (Louis Ojeda, Jr., FoxSports Southwest (via Athlon))

To say that Tyler Lockett, Curry Sexton, and Jake Waters will be missed is a massive understatement, but this senior class will be a tough act to follow. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle (via Salina Journal))

Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away this morning, after a long battle with cancer. Rest in peace, and may you find new things to boo-yah about in the afterlife.