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SLATE: Kansas State gearing up for Texas, and it’s Sunflower Showdown time for soccer

All the news you need to start your weekend.

Tanner Wood was a MAN last weekend. What will he do next?
Tanner Wood was a MAN last weekend. What will he do next?
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As we head into Texas weekend, be sure to keep an eye on the Twitters or your favorite alternative “get news quick” outlet, as there are LOTS AND LOTS of rumors swirling in Knoxville, Tenn. this morning. We won’t report them, because they’re just rumors, but let’s just say that John Currie might just be forced into the opportunity of which he has always dreamt.

As for more locally relevant topics, we’ll start with a boatload of content from The Daily Texan, UT’s student paper:

  • Alex Briseno drew the “write a profile of Bill Snyder” assignment which I’m pretty sure is mandatory for every school paper when they play K-State;
  • Willis Layton breaks down the keys to the game from the Texas perspective, i.e. “stuff K-State should be trying to prevent”;
  • Steve Helwick tells Longhorn fans which Wildcats to keep an eye on;
  • Dalton Phillips plays the unit advantage game, giving K-State the edge at quarterback and Texas everywhere else, which is really weird
  • And Drew King breaks down the scenarios which will lead to either a Texas or a K-State win.

Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal says the quarterbacks are in the spotlight tomorrow, while at the Star/Eagle Kellis Robinett discusses Tanner Wood’s emergence as a lynchpin of the defense.

Kevin Lyttle at the Austin American-Statesman reminds Texas fans that no team in the Big 12 has been more successful against the Longhorns than K-State since the conference was created — not even the hated Sooners.

The Wildcat defense is the subject of yesterday’s Sports Extra with Corbin McGuire.

The Owasso Rams are in the thick of the Oklahoma Class 6A title chase, at 4-1 following a double-overtime loss to rival power Tulsa Union last week. Leading the charge is senior safety Wayne Jones, a three-star K-State commit who Scout’s Greg Powers reports is having a superlative season thus far.


Ken Corbitt also touches base with Barry Brown , who’s become the leader in the Wildcat clubhouse, stepping into the role vacated by Wesley Iwundu when he graduated.


Today’s Sports Extra focuses on tonight’s Sunflower Showdown, as K-State travels to Lawrence for a 7pm clash which will air on ESPN3.


The Wildcats are in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Wake Forest Invite this weekend. Doubles got underway at 8am, while singles matches will start at around 11:30.


Tomorrow morning in Oklahoma City is the annual Head of the Oklahoma, the first of two fall events for the K-State crew. The Head is essentially the rowing version of a time trial as opposed to side-by-side racing, and is the showcase event of the burgeoning rowing culture just south of Bricktown. (If you haven’t been down there lately, next time you’re in town go take a look at what they’ve done to the waterfront and check out all the shiny and stylish boathouses along the river. It’s really something.)


The Collegian is on a rampage over That Damned Chant, with a story by Olivia Rogers regarding the history of the rivalry with Kansas (and lack of history regarding the chant), as well as a couple of letters to the editor from a former student and a current one.

The 2018-19 KSHSAA football district assignments are out (PDF), and Class 4A has joined 5A and 6A in simply being districted as East and West, with a 32-team bracket starting with week nine. Your benevolent despot notes with amusement that 6A East is simply “Wyandotte and Johnson Counties”, which is really weird to him because once upon a time Lawrence and Shawnee Mission Northwest were in the same 4-team district.