Kansas State lost another legend on Sunday, as former Wildcat star Jack Parr passed at his home in Lindsborg at the age of 78. Parr was a three-time All-Big Seven/Eight selection and a third-team NABC All-American in 1958, leading the Wildcats to the Big Eight championship and ultimately the Final Four that year. He was also an honorable mention All-Americal selection in 1957, and helped the 'Cats win the Big Seven in 1956. His most famous moment, probably, was when he flat rejected Wilt Chamberlain on a layup in the closing seconds of a critical 1958 game at Allen Fieldhouse, ensuring a 79-75 win.
After his college career, Parr was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings), and played one year before retiring. He later became a Big Eight official. At the time his career ended, he was K-State's all-time scoring leader; to this day he still holds the school's single-season rebounding record, and is second on the career list. His #33 jersey is one of the ten retired jerseys hanging in the rafters at Bramlage Coliseum. Next time you're there, be sure to look up and offer a farewell.
Eric Prisbell of USA Today writes about how tough the Big 12 is, including a quote from TCU coach Trent Johnson, who thinks the league doesn't "have a bottom". I think we'd like to argue that point.
In his Big 12 reset, Chip Patterson of CBS Sports is more realistic, calling K-State an "eyesore" but refusing to put Bruce Weber on the hot seat.
Leticia Romero has returned to the court, dropping 15 off the bench in Florida State's 74-68 loss to Notre Dame. Given the success of the K-State women's team in her absence, I think we can just wish her well and be happy for her. ESPN's Graham Hays has a feature on Romero.
David Ubben's final Big 12 Power Rankings. K-State remains #3 thanks to, you know, everyone else.