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K-State Slate: 7.21.15 - Talking heads everywhere

Big 12 Media Days are underway, and we are on it.

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In the midst of the flood of content, this would be easy to overlook. But BracketCat is still plugging away at the 2015 football roster countdown. To commemorate less than 47 days to kickoff, here's #47 Myles Copeland, a walk on linebacker.


Our own Benevolent Despot has been busy keeping tabs on Big 12 Media Days. You can follow his excellent work in our Big 12 Media Days storystream.

Of relevance to our community, Jon has already reported and summarized remarks from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the Kansas State session, and Big 12 director of officials Walt Anderson on the latest rules changes.

Spoiler alert: the POP pass is still alive and well (Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman). Glenn Gronkowski is glad. Mike Stoops is probably not.

Plenty of ink spilled regarding Bill Snyder and his legacy at Kansas State. This was driven almost entirely by media types asking Snyder about his retirement plans and getting little more than an indulgent laugh in response. But the paeans, they keep coming. Snyder shows no signs of slowing down despite his age (Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald), and his wry sense of humor is still in evidence (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star). The only new things we learned about Snyder (and these are not new to most of us) are that he still talks to Tom Osborne regularly, and apparently also to new Nebraska head coach Mike Reilly, although a non-conference matchup with the Huskers is not in the offing. Also, he did not return to coaching because he missed football, but because he missed mentoring "young people" (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

With Snyder at the helm, Kansas State will always be in contention, even if only as a darkhorse (Kevin Haskin, Capital-Journal), but the quarterback situation remains murky and the Hall of Fame head coach did not offer any new insight (Robinett, Wichita Eagle (via Salina Journal).

Dante Barnett has been much in the news lately, and is totally secure in the role of team leader, a process of growth that began the day he got burned repeatedly in 2012, as a freshman starter against Baylor (Corbitt, Capital-Journal). He has taken the role seriously ever since Ty Zimmerman officially passed on the mantle of leadership to him. In particular, Barnett has fully embraced his favorite of Bill Snyder's 16 Goals: no self-limitations.