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Bill Snyder gets a coach fired mid-season for the first time

Also, we prepare for Missouri and Connecticut oh god no not Connecticut

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This. This right here got Paul Rhoads axed.
This. This right here got Paul Rhoads axed.
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Sometimes, something happens and the only logical thing to do is fall down a rabbit hole researching stuff that's completely irrelevant but utterly fun. For instance, how many coaches has Bill Snyder gotten fired?

Not all of these guys were specifically fired solely for losing to K-State. But a bunch of them arguably were.

Losing 37-0 on the season's final weekend to Nebraska was probably the final nail in Howard Schnellenberger's coffin at Oklahoma, and his attitude about Oklahoma had more to do with his departure than anything. But the Sooners were 5-2-1 when they walked into K-State on November 4, 1995. A 49-10 loss later and they were sliding into oblivion.

Larry Smith, on the other hand, was fired immediately after losing the final game of the 2000 season to K-State.

In 2002, Bobby Keasler's Louisiana-Monroe squad lost 68-0 to the Wildcats; a week later he was gone, just three games into the season.

The final loss, and therefore the obvious last straw, of Frank Solich's career at Nebraska was the 2003 game, which we all know solely by its score: 38-9.

He was only the interim coach, but a loss to K-State in the final game of the 2010 season probably kept Mike Canales from taking over full-time at North Texas. Coincidentally, he's currently the interim coach at North Texas again, having taken over for Dan McCarney after the Mean Green's humilating loss to Portland State earlier this season.

Mike Sherman wasn't actually fired until two weeks later when Texas A&M lost to Texas. But the calls for his head really started getting loud in College Station after he was completely outcoached in that amazing four-overtime 53-50 win.

Another interim coach saw his chances of getting the job scuttled thanks to K-State just last fall. K-State's 51-13 win over the Jayhawks did Clint Bowen no favors.

And now, for the first time since Bill Snyder arrived in Manhattan, a coach has been immediately fired mid-season after losing to the Wildcats...

That's right, Paul Rhoads is outta here.

Tommy Birch at the Des Moines Register has more on the ouster, and Rhoads will address the media later today at noon, and Jamie Pollard will speak at 1:30. Rhoads will coach the final game of the season this Saturday in Morgantown.

This has led to a busy weekend for our friends over at Wide Right Natty Lite, who started Saturday afternoon with CylentButDeadly openly calling for Rhoads to be fired. And then their readers reacted to the news. Now, CyHusker goes over potential candidates to replace him, many of whom frighten us.

USA Today's Daniel Uthman goes over Saturday's winners and losers. We're winners! Yay us!

Undefeated Iowa is rolling into Lincoln Saturday. Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald reminds everyone of another time an unbeaten team rolled into Lincoln late in the season: 1999.

For some, the #UnholyAlliance has been dead ever since Missouri skittered off to the SEC. For the rest of us, it's suspended for the day as the Wildcats prepare to take on the Tigers at the Sprint Center. One guy who remembers this is a basketball rivalry: Kim Anderson, who's making a point of educating his players about it.

The Star's Kellis Robinett checks in on tempo, the shot clock, and K-State scoring bunches of points.

The women are also in action, visiting Connecticut. Both games tip at the same time, so we won't be providing coverage tonight; then again, the last time they played was in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and the Huskies won 72-26, so we'd probably be shielding our eyes anyway. Not that getting drilled by UConn is anything to be ashamed of. Last week they beat Ohio State by 46, and Ohio State is a top-ten team. Our favorite line from the release is this one, though:

Monday night’s match-up features a pair of programs that rank among the top-20 in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history for wins, as UConn owns 944 and K-State has tallied 875.

Yeah. Peas in a pod, we are. Over at ESPN, Mechelle Voepel previews the game, noting that this is a game K-State and its players want even knowing the likely outcome. She also notes that there is a return game contracted, which will be either at Bramlage or the Sprint Center. (And she also just can't resist four paragraphs about the Leti Romero situation, which as you'll remember she was all over.)

K-State lost on Saturday in Dover, Del., to Texas A&M. It was a bloodbath as the Aggies swept the event 14-0. Sunday was much better, however, as the Wildcats took down the host Delaware State Hornets 11-5 to wrap up the fall portion of the campaign. K-State is 3-3 on the year, and will return to the saddle on February 6 with a trip to Stillwater.