Since the Slate is a bit late coming to you today, we get to lead with the news that the K-State men’s basketball 2018-19 non-conference schedule has been released. There is definitely some higher-profile games on the schedule, but you are going to have to travel away from Manhattan to see any of them as Marquette and Texas A&M are both road games, and the return game from Vanderbilt will be at the Sprint Center. You might think the best home game is a toss-up between Southern Miss, who K-State beat in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 but hasn’t returned to the Dance since, and George Mason, who is best remembered for making a Final Four run in 2006, but who’s last trip to the Dance was 2011. But really, it’s likely Georgia State, who won the Sun Belt Conference tournament last season and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Cincinnati (in a competitive game).
K-State Sports Extra profiled former K-State men’s basketball player Chris Merriwether, and how his experiences and education at K-State helped give him a firm foundation for future success.
In random news, former K-State fullback Brett Alstatt has opened a doughnut shop in Wichita that will specialize in “mini-doughnuts” (Denise Neal, Eagle). The Dapper Doughnut is expected to open in August.
Linked because it’s not behind the paywall (though there is auto-play video), and because there’s some interesting tidbits in there: Ryan Wallace at GPC managed to get some former players to talk (anonymously) about K-State football “behind-the-scenes”; and really a lot of it is what you’d expect.
Unless your squad is still playing in Omaha, the collegiate baseball season is over. That means that many of the guys on K-State’s roster have fanned out across the country to keep playing baseball over the summer. Yesterday, K-State Sports kicked off their weekly “summer ball” update, and also included the goings-on of former BatCats who are now getting paid to play baseball professionally.