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SLATE: Alex Barnes and Duke Shelley had breakfast and the rest is history

Remembering an ignominious anniversary, plus golf and tennis news

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Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.
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Today is the 30th anniversary of a truly infamous event. On October 15, 1988, the Kansas State Wildcats ventured to Norman to face the Oklahoma Sooners. K-State had lost 17 in a row to the Sooners; they’d lost the eight games in Norman over that span by a combined score of 359-86.

Nobody expected much.

The Wildcats did do something right; they ran for more yards than Oklahoma gained through the air. They also threw for 347 yards, and managed to put 24 points on the board.

Of course, they also threw three picks, lost two fumbles, and let Oklahoma run for a school-record 768 yards in a 70-24 rout, at which point Stan Parrish’s fate was pretty much sealed.

We all know what happened five weeks later.

The only other new football item in today’s inbox is one you’ll have to pay to read if you’re not paying already. At the Athletic, Max Olson reports on the Sunday, October 7 breakfast meeting between two Wildcats: Alex Barnes and Duke Shelley.


Corbin McGuire checks in with Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder in today’s Sports Extra, touching on the love Miami has for him, his return from injury, and his trip back to Manhattan in September.


In the winner’s bracket of the ITA Central Regional Championship in Iowa City, Margot Decker and Maria Linares both reached the round of 16 before bowing out on Sunday. There is still one Wildcat alive and scratching, however: Anna Turco took down Mizzou’s Gabrielle Goldin in straight sets to reach the consolation semifinals where she’ll face Oklahoma’s Jasmine Asghar this morning.


In what has to be considered a success for the men’s team, the Wildcats finished sixth in this weekend’s Big 12 Match Play Tournament despite falling to Baylor (the eventual winners) and TCU yesterday. K-State came into the event seeded tenth, so it was a solid result.

As for the women, Ella Adams posted an even-par 72 in the first round of the Magnolia Invitational at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. That put Adams in a tie for 12th, with the team sitting in a tie for tenth among 12 teams after an 18-over 306. Adams is four strokes back of leader Kathleen Galagher of LSU. The team is 18 off the lead held jointly by Mississippi State and Kennesaw State, both at even par.