Taking Over The Big 12
Yesterday, Oklahoma State hired former Wildcat staffer Chad Weiberg away from Texas Tech, to the same position he held in Lubbock — deputy athletic director. Of course, with Mike Holder’s status in Stillwater, this is largely seen as an athletic director-in-waiting hire, as noted by our pal Phillip Slavin at Cowboys Ride for Free, who should be commended for getting the first story up on the hire after Oklahoma State tweeted the announcement.
For those of you counting, that means that 80% of the schools in the Big 12 now either (a) have a head football or basketball coach who worked or played at K-State (TCU/OU/WVU), (b) an athletic director or future athletic director who got his start in Manhattan (Tech/OSU/KU), (c) are a wholly owned subsidiary of Kansas State Athletics (Texas), or (d) are K-State (K-State).
Now if we could just infiltrate Baylor and Iowa State, we’d be set.
The Tulsa World’s Kelly Hines reported on this about a month ago, but we missed it because it was in this story about Wichita State joining the American Athletic Conference. (Sorry, Kelly!) But yesterday, FanRag’s Jon Rothstein also reported it, and since it was a headline story it spread a bit wider: K-State and Tulsa will be playing a three-game series over the next three years. This coming season the two teams will meet in Wichita; the following year they’ll play at Tulsa, and the year after that at Bramlage.
Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal touches on this as well, although erroneously reporting that Rothstein first reported the news. He also reports that Isaiah Maurice will be joining the Athletes in Action tour of Poland and the Czech Republic in late May and early June, and reports Weiberg’s move to Oklahoma State.
Of course, should K-State win all three games, that will merely improve K-State’s all-time record against the Golden Hurricane to 4-5. They’ve had the Wildcats’ number in the past. The teams last met in 1990, a loss at Tulsa; K-State’s lone win was the season prior in Manhattan.
Rebecca Toback of Cincy Jungle -- and remember that name, as you’re going to be seeing quite a bit of it over the next week — reports on what scouts are anonymously saying about Jordan Willis.
The Oklahoma Sooners (30-16, 8-7) are in town for a three-game set this weekend at Tointon. This is a big series for the BatCats (25-20, 4-11), as they’ll be trying to keep the good momentum built over the last two weeks flowing. This is K-State’s final home series of the season, but be aware that Senior Day is Saturday, not the home finale on Sunday. One presumes this is because they expect a better crowd for the middle game in the series.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AGAIN. The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal (author uncredited) reports that K-State has once again claimed the national title in meat animal evaluation. K-State won the championship for the first time last year, so it’s a repeat. Wildcat Chase Gleason of Uniontown won the individual title.