There's never a good way to report this, but we will lead with some sobering news out of Manhattan. K-State police responded to Jardine apartments Wednesday morning and found Justin Brickey, a senior engineering student from Kansas City, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The details are still coming out, but K-State says its Office of Student Life and Counseling service are offering counseling and assistance to students and employees affected by his death, and we here at Bring on the Cats express our deepest condolences to the young man's family and friends.
All of yesterday's stories and most of today's links fall in to the football category, so we'll just dive right in.
Yesterday BracketCat dropped our second number 58, as junior linebacker Trent Tanking was profiled. Then, JT VanGilder dropped news that the Wildcat coaching staff is continuing to stockpile in the trenches for the 2017, adding a fifth linemen in just the last month and bringing the class up to nine overall.
Today we've got a bit here and there from all over. The big news from K-State was the announcement of the selection of Dalton Risner to the fall watch list for the 2016 Rimington Trophy, marking the fifth such honor for a Wildcat center in the last seven years. Tom Fornelli at CBSSports.com ranked the football uniforms of the Big 12, and K-State came in surprisingly high on his list (oh, and KU came in right where you'd expect). Over at ESPN, we've got two pieces from Brandon Chatmon, who first predicts a not-very-happy week 7 trip to Norman for the Wildcats, and then takes a look at run-game stats and trends for the Big 12 teams (hint: K-State does not fare well after the last two years). Finally, Sean Cordy at Today's U Sports takes a look at potential high-impact freshmen for the Cats.
Summer baseball leagues for high school and college players are underway, and K-State sports has a nice round up of all the current and future Wildcats who are playing all over the country. Also included is a look at former Wildcats who are playing professionally.
After a disappointing finish at the NCAA championships, Akela Jones is looking for redemption at the Olympic Games while competing in the high jump and heptathlon for her native Barbados (Robinett, Star/Eagle).