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Early game schedules released, sour notes from beyond Vanier, and some basketball too

Kansas State v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

Previously

Yesterday marked 94 days until football kickoff, and BracketCat kept the countdown charge going with his profile on junior defensive end C.J. Reese, who will look to compete for playing time at the loaded end position.

Football

Game times and TV schedules have been announced for the non-conference portion of the K-State football schedule. The Cats home and season opener with Central Arkansas with kickoff at 6:10pm (GOTZ) and will “air” on K-StateHD.TV, while the next week’s game against the Charlotte 49ers — who will be entering just their third season in FBS, and 5th season overall — will kickoff at 11am and will be broadcast on FSN. The “big game” against Vanderbilt in Nashville on Sept. 16th is slated for a 6:30pm start and will get picked up by ESPNU.

Headed in to the 2017 campaign, the Wildcats are adjusting to the higher expectations and high praise being brought by fans and sportwriters, as Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle reports. But junior linebacker Sam Sizelove, a veteran of ranked Wildcat teams, is sure he and the other guys can handle the pressure.

It’s not all purple roses in Vanier, though. Now-former Wildcat wide receiver Corey Sutton has been denied release from his scholarship to the initial list of 35 potential transfer schools he submitted to athletics officials; and he is not happy about it (Robinett). Sutton took to Twitter yesterday to voice his complaints about the process, (tweets now deleted), and predictably the K-State athletics administration is silent on the matter at this time. This will be new AD Gene Taylor’s first big PR test, and as K-State fans we can only hope he handles it better than John Currie did with the Leti Romero situation.

A future football opponent has been announced, though not by K-State. As reported by Todd Hefferman at The Southern, Southern Illinois announced yesterday that as part of their future football schedule, they have agreed to face K-State in Manhattan in 2021. The Salukis will get $450,000 for the game, that was set-up with help from SIU grad and former K-State football administrator Jerry Kill before he left for Rutgers.

Basketball

While the games had been announced several weeks ago, we now have a few more details. K-State and Tulsa will play in Wichita on Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2017 in the return of the Wichita Wildcat Classic basketball series at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Cats and the Golden Hurricane will then meet in Tulsa on December 8th, 2018, and finally in Bramlage Coliseum in 2019. It will be the Wildcats 3rd game at Intrust as part of the Classic, and first since a 61-56 victory over Colorado State on Dec. 19th, 2015.