Cartier Diarra struggled, Kamau Stokes does not look healthy, and Barry Brown played immaturely on a night in Ft. Worth where the Kansas State Wildcats really needed a win to lock up a NCAA Tournament bid. Dean Wade did his thing leading all scorers with 24 points, and was the only Wildcat with an overall positive game. To their credit, the TCU Horned Frogs played better defense than they have most of the year, and fought back from giving up the lead a couple times late in the second half to earn the 66-59 victory and move them into a tie with K-State for fourth place in the Big 12.
Contract details are out for K-State’s newest assistant football coach (Robinett, Eagle). Brian Norwood, who is set to coach the Wildcats defensive backs as well as be co-defensive coordinator, signed a two-year contract with a starting salary of $405,000 that bumps to $425,250 in May of 2019. It puts him below Blake Seiler, Andre Coleman, and Charlie Dickey on the pay scale, but above Collin Klien and other new assistants Zach Hanson and Eric Hickson.
According the Kevin Kelley at FBSSchedules.com, K-State has replaced the Presbyterian Blue Hose, who had been set to be the Wildcats opener in 2019, with the Nicholls State Colonels. Reportedly, the Colonels will be paid $450,000 to make the trip up from Thibodaux, LA to face off against the Wildcats on August 31st, 2019. This change is the result of Presbyterian’s move from the Big South Conference to the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship league, and so Prebyterian will no longer count towards bowl eligibility for FBS opponents.
With the passing of former K-State coach Jim Dickey last week, K-State Sports Extra welcomed in a special guest writer to talk about Dickey and his legacy at K-State.