Rumors are starting to percolate suggesting that the naming of a permanent replacement for John Currie as K-State athletic director are very much imminent. It’s all just speculation so far, but be sure to stay tuned to this very website later in the day just in case.
Also coming up today, JT will be filling you in on the new bylaws passed by the NCAA Division I council. To give you just a taste, those new rules include a new early signing period, the addition of an assistant coach, and the banning of two-a-day practices. There’s more, and JT will lay it all out for you as well as what it all means.
As for yesterday’s news and this weekend’s calendar, onward:
As reported on by your benevolent despot (and modesty prevents us from smugly claiming our story was the best one published on the matter last night), Breanna Lewis is now a member of the Dallas Wings. Lewis was taken in the second round of last night’s WNBA draft. In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire chronicles Lewis’s night in live-bloggish form as she awaited her fate with her teammates and coaches at Jeff Mittie’s house. There’s a fab picture of Lewis and Kaylee Page reacting to her selection.
Also providing the best story on a K-State topic last night, Greg Woods reported that K-State has already replaced Lainie Page’s scholarship by signing JUCO forward Kali Jones for the 2017-18 season. Jones has spent the last two years at Mt. SAC in Whittier, Calif., after graduating from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif. That’s a small town at the junction of Interstates 15 and 215 just north of Temecula, so if you get into an internet fight with Jones she might just tell you to meet her at her place.
Matthew Kamp at the Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer reports that 2018 K-State commit Myriah Noodel-Haywood is headed to Italy with the Adidas USA Select Team for a week’s worth of competition. There are some quotes from the junior regarding her decision to come to Manhattan which you’ll all love.
Kellis Robinett runs up a Fast & Furious theme for this week’s K-State Q&A, which delves into the battles for starting jobs in the back seven (as well as some Wesley Iwundu and BatCats discussion).
Bruce Weber has announced his summer youth camp schedule for 2017.
After a painful month, K-State (17-16, 2-8) finally broke through and grabbed their second victory of the season against a top-10 opponent. The victim last night was #6 Texas Tech (29-8, 6-4), with the BatCats striking early to take a 5-1 lead and holding on for a 5-3 win behind strong pitching by Justin Heskett (4-2) and Tyler Eckberg (S, 3). The series continues tonight at 6:30pm on ESPN3.
Track & Field
Amazingly, K-State has never participated in the Texas Invitational. That ends this afternoon at 2pm, as the Wildcats descend upon Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin to compete against some serious competition. Also invited: Michigan, Princeton, Kentucky, Cal-State Northridge, Auburn, and a host of Texas schools including Rice, North Texas, and of course the host Longhorns.
K-State has recently had quite a bit of success at the SIRA Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which is also the site of the upcoming Big 12 Championships. They’ll try to continue that success starting at 1:30pm. Included in the field are Big 12 foes Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Old Dominion, along with crews from Colorado, Purdue, Wichita State, and several smaller Florida schools.