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Slate: K-State Athletics has Balanced Budget Again

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Plus, two out-of-conference foes (one past, one future) discuss K-State.

NCAA Football: Cactus Bowl-Kansas State vs UCLA
Is K-State football really a “spoiler?” Or is it just a good team?
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Previously

BracketCat’s ongoing football player spotlight shined on Emporia High and Hutch Community College offensive lineman Hayden Perry, a junior preferred walk-on who may challenge for playing time this season.

Football

Over at SBNation sister site For Whom the Cowbell Tolls, Andrew Robert Kovac examines the Mississippi State opponent most worthy of fear: our own K-State Wildcats. He is particularly impressed with Alex Delton’s multiple abilities and Coach Snyder’s wizarding prowess. Should we be irritated that he repeatedly refers to the ‘Cats as a “spoiler.” If you spoil enough seasons over the years, at what point do you get to just be a “good program?”

If that doesn’t elevate your dander, try Syracuse site Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician’s trip down memory lane to the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl as part of its alternative universe “what if” series. You remember that game: the one of the infamous Adrian Hilburn salute. Still makes you angry, I’ll bet.

Baseball

The Athletic Department updated K-State baseball’s summer accomplishments. Nick Martini, Evan Marshall and Carlos Torres have all be shuttling back-and-forth between Triple-A and the majors this season, while three current ‘Cats sport .300+ averages for their summer league teams.

Athletic Budget

For the ninth consecutive year, K-State athletics operated with a budget surplus. This results, in part, from a record $30.9 million in gifts to the athletic department. The coming year’s department budget will be $80.2 million, an $8.6 million increase from last year.

Band

K-State Band has been hosting high school students this week as marching band auxiliary members (drum majors, drum line members, color guard members and other leaders in their high school marching bands, for you unwashed masses) for Leadership and Auxiliary Camp. The camp includes 114 students from 41 schools in five different states. Bill Snyder has his sixteen goals. The marching band espouses ideals designated by the acronym PRIDE.