BracketCat's countdown to real live Kansas State football is moving right along with #78 redshirt sophormore lineman Bryce Fitzner.
That Bill Snyder is better at many things than people half his age is hardly surprising. That he's better at Twitter than most, however, is downright shocking. Snyder's tweets are not only frequent, they're also personal and thought-provoking. He's admitted to some growing pains around the use of technology, but seems to have settled into a nice rhythm. He also seems to appreciate the limitations of Twitter as a tool for recruiting (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).
Since the stadium named for Snyder was expanded, every game has been a sellout. The 2016 season isn't quite sold out yet, but that's because selling 53,000 season tickets would ruin all the fun of selling single-game passes. Remaining single game tickets will go on sale Monday, so get them while you still can.
In his Big 12 blog Mailbag, ESPN's Jake Trotter notes that he's never been to Aggieville. Please help Mr. Trotter fix this near-blasphemous crime of omission!
In more serious football news, it appears the Art Briles era at Baylor is officially over (Paula Levine & Mark Schlabach, ESPN). The school's Board of Regents and the former coach have reached a financial settlement. Briles had earlier filed a federal suit against Baylor in Waco, alleging that he was being used as a smokescreen to deflect blame for the university's larger "institutional failure." Hopefully, this sad saga will come to a final--or at least temporarily satisfactory--end soon.
Corbin McGuire, writing one of his first features for K-State Sports Extra, gets a close-up view of the women's basketball program. As part of summer training, the team has adopted the motto "Leave No Doubt." Coach Jeff Mittie wears it on his wrist, and Kindred Wesemann and her teammates have bought into it. A deep roster with plenty of talent and nine returning players from last season should help too.
This past week, the Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approved tuition increases at six state universities (Op-Ed, Topeka Capital-Journal). At Kansas State specifically, tuition will increase by 5.8% in 2017, a higher increase than originally projected or requested by the university. Much of the rise in costs is allegedly due to sharp cuts to higher education appropriations by the state, including a $30 million cut to university funding announced earlier by Governor Brownback.