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BracketCat's 2015 roster countdown celebrates less than two weeks to Kansas State kickoff with #14 punter Nick Walsh and #13 walk-on defensive back Ryan Mack.

In much more exciting news, real live college football is finally here! Also, Jon Morse takes a look at the Great Lakes IAC and Great American conferences.

In a departure from news about Kansas State, we're going to talk about Kansas football a bit. I know that some of you are breaking out in hives right now, but I'm intrigued by David Beaty and his efforts to spread the word about Kansas football across the state (Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star). His #KansasBlast plan is not always successful, and recruiting against not just in-state rival Kansas State but also Nebraska and Oklahoma will make Beaty's job, already an uphill struggle, even more of an adventure.

Nevertheless, I admire his drive and he may well see dividends to this effort in the future. It's too early to be concerned about Kansas football, but in Beaty, I think they may have found the right guy. The formula he's following is not that far off the one Bill Snyder used back in 1989 and also very similar to Jerry Kill's efforts at Minnesota. Hopefully, the school's football fans (all six of them!) will be patient with their new head coach.

We read/hear a lot about corruption in sports, a constant and strident lament about how terrible the sports world is these days. But every now and then, there's a story of how sports can change a young person's life forever, and that serves as a good reminder of why sports really matter (Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star).

The men's basketball non-conference schedule is out. That is all.

Two current Kansas State athletes and a former star are in competition at the IAAF World Championships that began in Beijing on Friday. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Akela Jones will represent Turks and Caicos and Barbados respectively. They'll be joined by Erik Kynard representing the United States. Otuonye is coming off a silver medal in the long jump at the NACAC Championships, and Kynard recently matched his personal best of 2.37m in the US Championships. Jones, the current NCAA heptathlon champion, did not medal. The event was won by Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain.