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Football is in the air, but the rest of the weekend is a mixed bag for the Wildcats

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Football

In a few hours, Kansas State will kick off in the annual Purple-White spring game. Most years, this is no more than a glorified scrimmage, but things might be different this year. For one, in a break with tradition, the game will feature offensive starters against defensive starters, and also a chance for fans to get their first look at intriguing new players like Landry Weber and Chabastin Taylor.

And then there’s Alex Delton vs Skylar Thompson. Don’t expect this game to be dispositive for the quarterback battle in any way, but with both players determined to “give [the fans] a show,” this may be the most fun spring game in years.

Of course, there’s also Snyder Magic, a thing we don’t always think about during the spring game but probably should.

Stay tuned for more Purple-White related news, updates, and the like, right here at Bring On the Cats.

Athletic Director Gene Taylor participated in a Q&A session recently with Brian Smoller. Highlights include the elimination of the student privilege fee, the possibility of a future home game at Arrowhead Stadium, and whether Willie the Wildcat will ever be allowed to tackle opposing mascots (spoiler: NO).

Meanwhile, our cousins down-river are, well, not too happy, to put it plainly. Kansas athletic director, Sheahon Zenger, speaking to Soren Petro of 810 WHB, may have suggested Kansas could show improvement in football without actually winning any games, which may not be the sign of progress that Zenger thinks it is. Not surprisingly, this went down poorly with all three-and-a-half Kansas fans who still care about football. Calls to fire Zenger have begun at full volume, and at higher volume than normal for this time of year.

Fortsphere

Yep, there’s still no joy in Mudville.

Tennis

Ah, RacketCats. You have flattered only to deceive. Despite being the higher ranked team, Kansas State dropped a contest 4-1 (1-3 singles; 1-2 doubles) to No. 50 Oklahoma. This now the Wildcats third straight loss and brings Kansas State to 13-31 all-time against the Sooners.

There were a couple of bright spots in the loss, however. Playing in the No. 3 doubles slot, Rosanna Maffei and Ines Mesquita improved to 4-0 on the season in that spot. Anna Turco won the Wildcats’ lone single contest, her ninth win of the season.

Up next, the team will take on No. 21 Oklahoma State at Mike Goss Stadium tomorrow at 11 AM. It is also Senior Day, so weather permitting, go out and cheer on your Wildcats. (Matches will be held indoors at Body First Indoor Tennis Center in the event of bad weather).

Golf

Day One of the Big 12 Championships at the Dallas Athletic Club is in the books for the women’s golf team. Connie Jaffrey is low Wildcat so far after the first two rounds of play. She’s currently in 14th place at 5-over par 149.

Combined, the Wildcats are currently 39-over par 615 and in seventh place. Rain means there will be no play today, so the final round will be played on Sunday.