Through all the ups and downs and trials and tribulations of Kansas State football, the one constant has been Bill Snyder, and luckily for the purple faithful, he’ll definitely be walking the sidelines in the stadium that bears his name in 2017. Snyder says he feels fine and—all things considered—he prefers to focus on the season at hand (Associated Press, via FOXSports).
But nevertheless, for those of us invested in the future of the program, change looms dark on the horizon. Snyder is the head coach for the moment, but what about next season? David Ubben, who recently launched Flyover Country, his own Big 12 site (which you should totally support), wonders about the how of the awkward transition to a post-Snyder era in the AP Top 25 Podcast.
For those of you interested in hearing more of Ubben’s take, he’ll be joining our own Luke Thompson on the next Bring on the Podcast.
On a less controversial note, Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde ranks the Top 25 quarterbacks to watch for in 2017. Solely for DISRESPEKT meme purposes, not only did our own Jesse Ertz not make the Top 25, but when he was mentioned in passing, it was as “Zach Ertz.”
If Ertz ultimately cracks the Top 25 of these kind of lists, it will be due in part to players like Byron Pringle. He ended the 2016 season on a hot streak with back-to-back 100 yard games, and Pringle is looking to carry that momentum into 2017 (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).
The second season of Kansas State soccer kicked off over the weekend with an exhibition match (and 2-0 loss) against Minnesota. The second exhibition match went much better. The Wildcats scored three times and shut out UMKC for their first win of the new season.
The Kansas State contingent at the IAAF World Championships in London did not exactly cover itself in glory. Jamaican Shadae Lawrence, current NCAA discus champion and only current Wildcat in competition, had one monster throw of 59.25m, but did not qualify for the finals.
High Jump U didn’t have an especially great outing either. Former Kansas State high jumpers Kim Williamson (1.89m) and Alyx Treasure (1.82m) failed to qualify for the finals, while Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard, Jr., had to withdraw from the men’s high jump after injuring himself on his opening try.
The lone medal for a former Wildcat was a bronze won by Hungary’s Balazs Baji in the 100H event. He ran a 13.28 race to win his country’s first-ever individual medal in a track event.