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New K-State AD, Gene Taylor is introduced to Wildcat nation, a possible contract extension for Bruce Weber, and a double header for the BatCats

K-State President Richard Meyer introduces Gene Taylor as the new Athletics Director.
Gracey Terrill

Previously

Gene Taylor was introduced yesterday as the newest director of athletics for Kansas State. Gracey Terrill provided us a look at his introductory press conference, and his fantastic purple blazer.

Greg Woods provided further examination of Mr. Taylor, or Gene, as he prefers.

In other news, JT VanGilder broke down the new rules for College football, and it appears most will benefit Kansas State in some way.

Athletics

Gene Taylor’s press conference dominated the K-State world yesterday, with reports from the presser coming in from:

Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle

Ken Corbitt, Capital Journal

Kevin Haskin, Capital Journal

Scott Popp, The Collegian

Joel Jellison, The Mercury

Based on the reports from the press conference, Gene’s approach to the job seems like a departure from John Currie’s, who often times gave off an air of aloofness. Only time will tell, but it appears early on that this is a solid hire.

Basketball

The other big news to come out of the press conference yesterday, was confirmation from President Richard Meyers, that a contract extension is under negotiation for Bruce Weber. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle)

A couple of things to keep in mind here. First, a contract extension hasn’t been reached yet, meaning this will be the first big issue Gene Taylor has to deal with. Secondly, the buyout language in the contract should be the focus for most fans, as it’s language will signal how serious K-State is about retaining Bruce for the long term. So while on the surface this will anger many fans, it’s prudent to sit back and wait until we have actual details as to the buyout section in the contract.

Baseball

“Let’s play two”-Ernie Banks.

That’s the motto for the BatCats, today, as they face New Mexico in a mid-week double-header. First pitch for game one is at 2:30 pm, with the second game scheduled to start around 6:30 pm. (Brett Egnle, The Collegian)