Miraculous things rarely happen in Kansas State football, and there's a reason for that. Bill Snyder treats football like a tightly controlled experiment, and few new variables are ever introduced into his design. But this week, motivated partially by player requests, but mostly by the bitter aftertaste of a 6-7 season, Snyder is finally allowing music during spring practice. But no dancing, because (GASP!) we can only handle so much change (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star).
Meanwhile, Dalton Risner is embracing his role as team leader now that he's the only veteran starter on the offensive line. But ironically enough, he's one of the younger players on that line, and he'll have the benefit of age and wisdom from role players like Terrale Johnson, Reid Navjar, and Will Ash (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).
Kansas State's woes on the diamond continued as they dropped their seventh straight Big 12 game, this time losing the series opener against Texas 6-3 at Tointon Family Stadium yesterday.
Parker Rigler lost his sixth game as a starter, giving up four runs and eight hits and a walk in just five innings, including a home run to Kody Clemens that helped the Longhorns to a 3-1 lead early in the game. Rigler did manage five strikeouts in the game, however, and now leads the team for the season with 43. The lone bright spot among the bats was Jake Scudder who had his team-leading fourth home run to help narrow Texas' lead to just through by the eight inning.
The teams will face off for the second game of the series, with Levi MaVorhis taking the mound for the BatCats.
Kansas State's track and field athletes are in Baton Rouge today, competing in the Battle of the Bayou hosted by LSU. In addition to the Bayou Bengals, other teams taking part include Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State, Purdue, and Mississippi State.
The meet began with the women's discus throw event, and the Wildcats are already in the winner's circle, with Shadae Lawrence taking first with a mark of 55.52m.
You can follow the action live by tracking the #KStateTF hashtag on Twitter.