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SLATE: Kansas State preps for Baylor, and the basketball scandal percolates

Soccer in action tonight, Volleyball and Cross Country tomorrow

More of this tomorrow, s’il vous plait.
More of this tomorrow, s’il vous plait.
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Leading into the game, we’ve got the usual raft of preview material:

  • Kellis Robinett, who says the Wildcat secondary will be the key
  • Robinett also says to expect big numbers from Alex Barnes and/or Justin Silmon tomorrow.
  • Ken Corbitt has a general preview.
  • Also at the C-J, Kevin Haskin says Nick Walsh is super duper mad about the last game.
  • Tom Fornelli at CBS has Baylor as his underdog of the week. He doesn’t think they’re going to win; he just doesn’t think K-State is going to cover an admittedly absurd -17 spread.
  • John Werner of the Waco Tribune previews, and gives K-State the edge in every matchup... except on special teams? LOLWUT?


So, yeah, there’s that scandal. Gary Bedore of the Star spoke with all the local coaches at last night’s Coaches vs. Cancer reception at Bartle Hall. Bill Self and Cuonzo Martin are quoted at length; Bruce Weber is not at all, but there is an embedded video in which Weber discusses the matter.

Rick Millians at The State (Columbia, S.C.) reached out to Brad Underwood for comments on his (and Frank Martin’s) former assistant, Lamont Evans.

Other sports

We’ll skip the individual breakdowns, because all we’ve got are schedule notes. Soccer (5-5-1, 0-2-0) takes on ninth-ranked West Virginia (8-3-0, 1-1-0) at 7pm at the K-State Soccer Complex. Volleyball (8-7, 1-1) travels to Austin to face fifth-ranked Texas (10-2, 2-0) at 1pm Saturday. Also on Saturday, the cross country teams will be in Stillwater for the 80th annual Cowboy Jamboree, the oldest continually-held cross country event in the nation. The women start at 9:15, the men at 9:45.

Other other

At 6:00 pm Sunday, the Crown Uptown Theater in Wichita will host the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2017. For our purposes, the headline inductee is K-State’s first women’s basketball All-American, Priscilla Gary-Sweeney. Among those joining her are Dennis Franchione and John Leyva of Pitt State fame, Wichita State baseball legend Eric Wedge, a bunch of Jayhawks, and some guy named George Brett.

Finally, we have sad news to report. Russell Athletic has announced that they are shutting down their uniform apparel division. Russell once outfitted all of Major League Baseball, a lot of the NFL, and quite a few NCAA teams. But as Nike and Under Armour and Adidas have stolen away market share, Russell was left with very little to cling to, and Georgia Tech’s announcement that they were ending their relationship was apparently the final nail in the coffin. Russell will now focus its resources on its retail division, available at ubiquitous Wal*Marts near you.