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Jordan Willis getting ready for Combine

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Plus more on John Currie’s exit, the fire, and other random nonsense.

Jordan Willis wowed at the Senior Bowl. Will he improve his stock even more this weekend?
Jordan Willis wowed at the Senior Bowl. Will he improve his stock even more this weekend?
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Today is measurement and medical day in Indianapolis for the group which will perform workouts on Sunday, and that includes the defensive linemen — which means Jordan Willis. Tomorrow, Willis will post his marks in the bench press, and both today and tomorrow he’ll be involved with media and team interviews. So take a gander at the NFL Network this weekend to keep an eye on the former Wildcat stud.

Athletic Department

Via ESPN, the AP reports on John Currie’s introduction at Tennessee. Said report does not dodge local criticism. Meanwhile, Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel offers up reactions on the hire from many K-State notables including such folks as Collin Klein, Rodney McGruder, and Kirk Schulz. (Not present: one William David Snyder.)

Switching from past to future, Berry Tramel at the Oklahoman comments on what’s facing Currie’s replacement in Manhattan. Kellis Robinett of the Star and Eagle reports that said replacement will be chosen by the newly-minted search committee, headed by K-State Alumni Association president Amy Button Renz and including notables such as Dante Barnett and Suzie Fritz.

Baseball

Robinett also wrote about the BatCats yesterday, outlining where the team stands after its season-opening eight-game road trip as they prepare for this weekend’s home series against Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo’s alma mater Eastern Illinois. The three-game set kicks off this afternoon at 3pm CT at Tointon.

Women’s Basketball

It’s an early tip tomorrow for the women as they take on Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. They know who they’re playing because they’re the fourth seed and the Cyclones are fifth. The tournament kicks off this evening at 6pm at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City with eighth seed Texas Tech taking on the ninth-seeded Horned Frogs, followed by the 7-10 game between Oklahoma State and the, ahem, last-place Jayhawks.

Tennis

K-State hosts Houston at 1pm this afternoon at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

Rowing

In October, the Wildcats started their 2016-17 campaign off at the Head of the Oklahoma regatta. Tomorrow, they’ll return to the Sooner capital for a one-on-one battle with Oklahoma.

Men’s Basketball

CBS writer Gary Parrish lashes out against people who think making the NCAA Tournament should be the driving factor in whether or not a coach gets fired. Obviously, a certain someone at Bramlage is a key player in this column.

Meanwhile, Robinett drops his Big 12 notebook, discussing his ideas on who should win this season’s conference awards, quoting Bruce Weber on who to blame if K-State doesn’t make the tournament, and his power rankings for the week. That middle item should be good for about 100 comments today, we think.

Other Stuff

The AP reports that the fire which gutted the Dusty Bookshelf yesterday has already been ruled accidental.

Finally, in a heartwarming little bit of news courtesy of Rezaul H Laskar of the Hindustani Times, last week’s shooting hero Ian Grillot was visited by Indian diplomats yesterday and extended an official invitation to visit the subcontinent by the Indian government. Presumably that means “on their dime.” Grillot is already being celebrated as a great hero in India, which is of course entirely appropriate.