Shut up. We're still in mourning, and wondering who's going to step in and fill the void. Seems like the time is ripe for Janelle Monae to really hit it big now, if you ask me.
But let's examine this for a minute. Ron Prince coached Jordy Nelson. Jordy Nelson now plays with Aaron Rodgers. Prince's full name was Prince Rogers Nelson. IT ALL FITS TOGETHER. SOMEHOW.
The spring game is tomorrow, and the coverage is... well, still pretty sparse, because of the Cone of Silence, although Kelly McHugh-Stewart just dropped a piece on the game in Sports Extra. In their most recent Big 12 roundtable, ESPN bloggers Brandon Chatmon and Jake Trotter are most interested to see, respectively, K-State's running game and the quarterback competition.
Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal profiles Dayton Valentine, who's apparently getting in some work at H-back and fullback alongside his tight end duties.
The NFL draft is making more news, even on the eve of the scrimmage. Pro Football Focus has Cody Whitehair going 18th overall, to the Indianapolis Colts. Our SB Nation colleague Dan Kadar has him going 35th, with the fourth pick in the second round, to San Diego. And your benevolent despot's pet theory is that Tennessee gave up the chance to draft Laramy Tunsil with the idea that they could grab Whitehair at 15. But then, we're biased here.
Tony Boone of the Omaha World-Herald reports that Jake Waters has signed with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Corbitt also touched on baseball yesterday, reporting on Tyler Moore stepping into a leadership role for the BatCats.
The Cats (16-21, 3-9) start a three-game weekend set with Baylor (17-20, 4-8) this evening at 6:30. As those of you who can do basic math can see, a sweep would push K-State ahead of the Bears in the standings, and a series win would result in a tie with K-State holding the tiebreaker.
K-State is in Fayetteville for the John McDonnell Invitational this weekend. The combined events were held on Wednesday and Thursday; Akela Jones did not compete in the heptathlon. K-State did have a participant, with Morgan Coffman finishing second... out of three competitors, one of whom did not finish. This did not stop the athletic department Twitter account from bragging that she came in second, which is a trend which really needs to stop. Nobody loves our athletes more than we do, but so grossly exaggerating their accomplishments is insulting, demeaning, and cynical.
In a slightly larger field, K-State took second and third in the decathlon. Former Wildcat Devin Dick, competing as an open invitee, did not finish; the vent was won by former Northern Iowa star Mat Clark, also unattached. For collegiate results, K-State actually finished 1-2, with Adam Deterding posting the best collegiate score and Max Estill finishing well behind, but ahead of both Arkansas competitors.
Today's schedule includes a smattering of field events as well as the women's 3000m; high school competition takes up a large part of the program on both days.
The Big 12 Women's Golf Championship is this weekend at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.
Lastly, our friend ichicat has arrived with the first installment of this spring's Fandom Friday, because Game of Thrones returns to us on Sunday. Huzzah!