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K-State loses partner in KC

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Plus Valentine’s throwback style, high expectations, and a big pile of money

NCAA Football: Missouri State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Previously

Fantasy Fandom came early this week (sorry about that), with Luke Sobba recapping Game of Thrones episode two and the “damn big crossbow”.

BracketCat has us at 38 days to kickoff with a profile of long-snapper Dalton Harmon.

Football

Dayton Valentine isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, that’s not his or K-State’s style. Rather, Valentine is more old-school, a blocking-first tight end that likes to get down and mix it up in the trenches (Robinett, Star). That’s not to say he’s opposed to catching a pass or two, but the junior from Baldwin City doesn’t mind being the sixth lineman instead of the third receiver.

David Ubben over at Sports on Earth writes that K-State is primed to go big this year, with all the pieces aligned to give the Wildcats a shot at a great season.

General

The big news of yesterday was the announcement from 810 WHB in Kansas City that they will no longer be broadcasting K-State football and basketball, and instead have chose to partner with KU athletics (Jesse Newell, Star). K-State Athletics, and their media partner Learfield, seem to have been taken a bit aback by the news, but have vowed to find another partner in KC soon (and hopefully for KC sports fans, on an FM station that doesn’t have to turn it’s power down in the evening).

Other

The National Institutes of Health is awarding a K-State-led team of psychological sciences researchers with a prestigious five-year, $10.6 million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, grant. It is the largest grant in the history of the K-State psychological sciences department, and only the second COBRE grant that K-State has received. The grant will primarily be used by the team, which also includes collaborators from Wichita State and the KU Med, to establish the Cognitive and Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity, or C-NAP, center (housed at K-State). The grant will support lab and other research facility upgrades, and post-doc, graduate, and staff development and recruitment.