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Meanwhile, Purple and Black are making waves at TBT

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Although we’re not quite at kickoff yet, this is where the 2017 football season really begins. Big 12 Media Days are today and tomorrow (July 17-18) in Frisco, Texas, and there’s plenty of buzz and not-so-buzz around the conference. Here’s the full schedule of events (PDF).

If you want to follow the action live, FS2 and Fox Sports regional affiliates are covering the event from 9 AM to 1 PM CDT. There will also be streaming content on Big12Sports.com, as well as on Twitter (@Big12Conference).

Kansas State will mostly be featured on Day 2. Bill Snyder will speak, of course, and player representatives Jesse Ertz, Dayton Valentine, Dalton Risner, Trent Tanking and D.J. Reed will also be in attendance.

Today’s events kicked off with conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s opening remarks. Highlights include increased revenue distribution ($34 million, up 15% from the previous year), shorter halftimes (20 minutes), an extension of Bowlsby’s contract to 2025 (negotiations are underway; he’s likely to accept).

There was also a tiny moment of snark from Bowlsby about finally not having to field questions about expansion, a tribute of sorts to Bob Stoops, and a reminder that Baylor is still in the Big 12’s metaphorical doghouse.

(By the way, I’m sourcing most of the above from @KellisRobinett and @davidubben on Twitter).

Back home in Manhattan, junior wide receiver Byron Pringle is getting some national attention. He’s been named to the watchlist for the 2017 Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football. Past Kansas State players named to the watchlist include Daniel Thomas, Tyler Lockett, and Tramaine Thompson.

Did you know that our special teams are pretty special? Well, of course you did, and now Phil Steele does too. The Wildcats led Steele’s list of the top 55 special teams units in the country (subscription).

It’s not just all football right now. Thanks to The Basketball Tournament, Kansas State hoops are in the news too. Purple and Black were 90-79 winners over Hilton Magic in Peoria yesterday, thanks in part to Jacob Pullen and his team-leading 21 points. The team will next face the Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) in Brooklyn on July 22.