In the latest installment of 2015 preseason conditioning, Jon Morse previews the Lone Star and Gulf South leagues, and brings you the staff's Week 2 Big 12 picks, where at least one staffer's irrational hatred for a team from Iowa manifests itself.
Finally, in the 2015 Kansas State early opponent preview, we take a closer look at our Farmageddon foes.
With so many questions on offense, it's a relief that the defense is a strength at Kansas State, and Dante Barnett is its unquestioned star. How is he handling the attention? Kelly McHugh-Stewart finds out in this Football Friday feature (K-State Sports Extra).
The quarterback competition at Kansas State continues apace, but what about the gaping hole at wide receiver left by the departure of Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton? Well, at least one person thinks the transition to a new receiving corps should be seamless and Kody Cook is on record saying, "I think as a group that our receiving corps is just as good." Let's hope this is more than just an empty brag (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).
Speaking of Lockett, he continues to wow his new team and its fans, especially with his creative instinct in the return game (Jayson Jenks, Seattle Times).
Sexton has been busy as well, joining former teammate Ty Zimmerman on the Junction City High School staff, where Zimmerman's father Randall is the head coach. (Our very own Derek Smith, Junction City Daily Union).
The overlap of early season basketball with the end of the college football postseason has been awkward but not especially troubling for most fans. After all, fans at Kansas have rarely had to worry about such a thing, and neither have fans at traditional powers like Texas and Oklahoma. But for teams like West Virginia, Kansas State and Baylor, will such overlap diminish fan interest in one sport or the other? The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel worries about this so you don't have to.
Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty of sexual assault by a jury in McClellan County, Texas yesterday (SI Wire). There's more on the story here (Dan Wolken, USA Today) and here (Diana Moskowitz, Deadspin). I am linking these stories without additional comment or judgment, and making the usual request to avoid OMG!SPIDERS to the extent possible.