Funny things happen on the Internet in the wake of a story. Sometimes they're great, like TB's riff on sanctions against Kansas State (not true), and sometimes they're not so great, like Kansas State being reprimanded by the Big 12 (true). But sometimes they're just crazy, like this one Facebook post about God wanting Kansas State to forfeit.
Finally, there are also the stories that go viral before anyone has really had a chance to really drill down and learn the facts, as with the sad (and now confusing) tale of Silas Nacita, a (formerly?) homeless student-athlete declared ineligible by the school, but apparently not by the NCAA.
While the school deals with Stormgate (Associated Press, via USA Today), there was some good news for a couple of Kansas State players. Thomas Gipson and Brian Rohleder were named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team, both for the first time. Gipson, a family student and services major, is a four-time selection to the Big 12 honor roll, as is Rohleder, a walk-on majoring in mechanical engineering. This was a good year for the team, at least academically, because Jevon Thomas and Mason Schoen were also named to the Big 12 honor roll.
We own Kansas! The women's team managed a Sunflower Showdown sweep, beating Kansas 55-48 in the 111th meeting between the teams. A late 12-0 surge and a career-high 20 points from Haley Texada helped put the game away. Ashia Woods (12) and Kindred Wesemann (10) were also in the double digits.
Kansas State's two-game road stand ends this weekend with a game against TCU in Fort Worth.
For the third time in six years, Kansas State will play its first 11 games on the road. This time, the BatCats are headed back to sunny California to take on Cal in Berkeley. The first pitch is scheduled for 8 PM this Saturday, and Nate Griep will take the mound for the Wildcats. Cal leads the series 4-0, including a win in 2011.
The track and field athletes are headed to Ames for the Big 12 Indoor Championships set to start tomorrow. The team will look to improve on last year's showing of third (men) and fifth (women) places.
The women's team is currently ranked No. 6 in the country and may have a chance for their first indoor conference title since 1976. The team includes reigning Big 12 champions Sara Savatovic (weight throw), Erica Twiss (pentathlon), and newcomer Akela Jones, who is currently first nationally in the high jump standings.