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Sixers sign Pullen, Beasley versus Stephen A, tennis starts hot, and the Fumble That Wasn’t is national news now

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It’s time.
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Welcome to Bye Week Friday, which is surprisingly busy here at the Slate. We’re still trying to make that Minnesota thing happen, but we’ve run into a lot of complications so it may not happen. Fair warning.

Football

Ken Corbitt reports on the surprising and improving K-State defense.

Tully Corcoran at The Big Lead is on the case regarding The Fumble That Wasn’t. This is good, because if K-State should somehow recover and go 12-1, 11-2... well, national media coverage suggesting one of those losses was a bit tainted can’t hurt.

You can’t accuse our friends at Anchor of Gold of disrespecting us, because they play Alabama tomorrow and yet they’re still talking about us. There’s the post-Wildcat edition of their mailbag, where obviously K-State gets discussed -- and, most notably, the AoG staff has determined that K-State is actually Vanderbilt’s Big 12 doppelgänger. We made friends, guys. Also, DoreOnThePlains checks in on what lessons Vandy learned from their narrow victory.

Pro Football Focus informs us that Dalton Risner is, um, pretty good:

Jessica Smetana at the mothership provides a video explainer for the rarest play in football: the one-point safety. It was never possible until the rule change which allowed the defense to score on a point-after, and it’s only happened twice in college football history. Naturally, one of those two times, it happened to K-State. Absurdly, both times it happened, Brad Nessler was the play-by-play announcer.

Finally, Pete Thamel of Yahoo! discusses yesterday’s firing of Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst, and closes with an anonymous quote from another athletic director who says Nebraska is no longer on par with the Alabamas and Ohio States of the world -- they’re now on par with Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and... K-State.

(Frankly, I personally appreciate the fact that said athletic director puts us in the same boat with the Badgers and Hokies.)

Soccer

Brookelynn Entz, K-State’s leading scorer so far this season, is the subject of Corbin McGuire’s Sports Extra this morning. There’s also a link to a video profile of the newest Wildcat phenom.

Tonight, the Cats take on Texas Tech in their very first Big 12 game ever. That’s at the John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock, at 7pm. Audio on KROCK 101.5 and kstatesports.com, video on Texas Tech.tv (although it’s not a free stream).

Tennis

It was a good day for the Cats on Thursday, as they went 4-2 on day one of the Mizzou Invitational, matching the host Tigers. Anna Turco ripped off a straight-set victory over Wichita State’s Fatima Bizhukova (ranked #102 in the ITA world rankings), while a pair of Memphis duos were dispatched by the doubles teams of Turco/Carolina Costamagna and Meghan King/Ines Mesquita. All K-State’s singles opponents were Shockers; Mesquita also won a tight three set match over Gabriela Porubin, while Costamagna and King fell to Marta Belluco and Alexandra Lazarova, respectively. Like K-State, the Tigers split singles and swept doubles, with the opponents reversed.

The action continues today at the Mizzou Tennis Complex in Columbia, with a stream available at MUTigers.com. K-State takes on Mizzou in singles to start the day, while Memphis meets the Shockers. The day continues with the Mizzou-Shocker singles matches, then the Wildcats face Memphis in singles. Saturday, Wichita State and Memphis get at it in singles early, then K-State faces Missouri; the event concludes with the final set of doubles matches with K-State clashing with their in-state rivals while the hosts take on Memphis.

Basketball

Stephen A. Smith done made Michael Beasley mad, and Beez is happy to let everyone know it. So report Kyle Schnitzer and Greg Joyce of the New York Post.

Oh, and the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly signed Jacob Pullen. This is not a joke.

Other

K-State VetMed’s shelter medicine program, which travels around the area with a mobile unit visiting animal shelters and providing vet students with practical training in spay/neuter operations, received a big present this week: a quarter of a million dollars from PetSmart Charities.