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K-State Slate: 1.9.15 - Awards and opportunities

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Your Friday news and notes taste of honors and awards today

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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported yesterday that Bill Snyder has been elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, as part of the class of 2015, later confirmed by Kansas State sources (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle). An official announcement will be made later this morning in Dallas.

Not surprisingly, Snyder is the topic for most of the area newspapers. The "Miracle in Manhattan" is a common theme, as in this article (Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star), as is the unconditional support and concern he's shown for players, not only on his own team, but on opposing teams. (Chip Rouse, Talking 12)

When asked about the honor a week ago, Snyder predictably gave credit to the others who made this possible: his family, staff, the players, and administrators. (Arne Green, Salina Journal)

The Kansas City Star has an excellent Snyder photo gallery too.

Snyder is not the only Kansas State football personality being honored today. Curry Sexton has been selected for the Future Coaches Academy, a convention and workshop series on coaching run by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in Louisville. (K-State SID). Sexton will have the opportunity to network with key individuals in coaching when he attends, right after he plays in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston tomorrow.

B.J. Finney, Tyler Lockett, and Jake Waters are on the 2014 Big 12 Super Seniors list. (Max Trotter, ESPN Big 12 Blog)

In the wake of the TCU win, Marcus Foster is in the news, mostly for getting his head back in the game. (John Zetmeir, Topeka Capital-Journal)

Wesley Iwundu earned some ink as well, as he showed glimpses of the player he needs to be for Kansas State to have sustained success this season (Jeffrey Flanagan, FoxSports Kansas City)

Meanwhile, here's a reminder of just how disappointing the Wildcats have been this season (Eamonn Brennan, ESPN)

The women's basketball team will take a two-game losing streak into the 110th installment of the Sunflower Showdown on Sunday in Bramlage Coliseum. The two teams are the oldest in the Big 12, and this is the conference's longest-running rivalry. The Wildcats will be looking for their 10th straight home win, while the Jayhawks have lost four of the last six, including an 0-3 record on the road.

New soccer head coach Mike Dibbini wants his team to model the up-tempo style of Spain's La Liga, and he's committed to a roster built around in-state players. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle (via Hays Daily News))