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Things are already looking up for Elijah Lee

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BatCats complete sweep, track and rowing news, and SB Nation has a redesign

Some Vikings insiders think Elijah Lee’s going to stick and stick hard.
Some Vikings insiders think Elijah Lee’s going to stick and stick hard.
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Before we get to business, we’d like to direct your attention to our ever-so-slighly changed site logo up above. In conjunction with that, the main design of SB Nation’s non-team pages has undergone an overhaul, and virtually every NFL and CFB blog has written a post detailing the future of football for their team. In addition, some folks at the mothership have more generally discussed the future of football; most notably, Spencer Hall discusses the injury ramifications and what football needs to do to avoid being a former sport.

You can check out the mothership’s related content at their Future of Football hub, and all the individual team blogs participating can be found at the Future of Football By the Fans hub.

And, of course, this means we also examined the future of K-State football this morning.

Football

Chris Tomasson at the St. Paul Pioneer Press asks the burning question on everyone’s mind (on this site, anyway): Can Elijah Lee start for the Vikings as a rookie? Meanwhile, writing for our friends at the Daily Norseman, Christopher Gates puts together comments from various draft graders. Common theme: everyone who bothered to mention Lee thought it was a great value pick, and perhaps not coincidentally also gave the Vikings a good grade.

Blair Kerkhoff at the Star points out a painful truth: last weekend’s draft is going to hurt Big 12 recruiting next year — and for a long time to come unless the conference rebounds.

Baseball

Big 12 home run leader Jake Scudder did not homer on Sunday. Four other BatCats did, however, leading K-State (24-20, 4-11) to a run-rule shortened 14-3 win over and a series sweep of Abilene Christian (12-29, 2-19 Southland). Next up is a one-off Tuesday night at Tointon against Wichita State.

At the Capital-Journal, Ken Corbitt notes that on Friday Jordan Floyd became K-State’s all-time pitching appearances leader, making his 87th trip to the mound in the process of recording the save in the 6-5 win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

Track and Field

On Saturday, Brady Grunder took first place in the men’s hammer throw at the Drake Relays, capping five top-three finishes by K-State on the day.

Rowing

The Cats won three races Friday, but a photo-finish loss in the 1V8 race allowed that school down the river to claim a 12-10 victory in the 2017 Sunflower Showdown at Burcham Park in Lawrence. Next up, the Big 12 Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on May 13-14.

Other

The Capital-Journal’s Kevin Haskin explains the proposed KSHSAA reclassification scheme, which I still don’t quite comprehend. They’re trying to expand 6A and 5A to 36 schools for all sports except football, which will stay at 32, and it just makes my head hurt.