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Kansas State golfers earn academic awards

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We’re now at T-40 and counting, and BracketCat’s roster countdown brings us a profile of #38 long snapper Dalton Harman.

In the absence of real football news, here, have a bunch of links at least tangentially about Kansas State football:

— The new buzzword among coaches in the Big 12 is youth, as the average age among head coaches in the league is the lowest in the Power 5. Yes, that’s even including Bill Snyder, who is as old as time at this point. He offers sage advice: be who you are, be where you are. (Sean Isabella, CNHI Sports)

— Speaking of Snyder, his coaching colleagues all over the Big 12 continue to marvel at his prowess and his longevity. As always, Dana Holgorsen had the money quote when asked if he’d coach as long as Snyder. (Ryan Black, Manhattan Mercury)

I ain’t doing it when I’m 79. I will be lucky to be here when I’m 79.

— Half a country away, at Big Ten media days, current Penn State head coach reminisced about his time at Kansas State with Ron Prince (of Darkness), where a certain Scott Frost also walked the sidelines. Of interest to us, how did Kansas State manage to be so bad at football with all that coaching talent on the sidelines during the Prince era? (Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World Herald).

— Dalton Risner is a two-time All-American, a potential three-time football captain, and an all-around great human being. In addition to starting his own foundation, RiseUp, Risner also gives his time to Camp Hope, a summer camp for children who have or had cancer, to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and to the Special Olympics via a rodeo called Ropin’ Rascals in his hometown. Asked if he’s spreading himself too thin, Risner noted that he’s just making the best use of his time. (Corbin McGuire, K-State Sports Extra)

— In non-football news, two Kansas State golfers have been named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America scholars. Jeremy Gandon and Roland Massimino both had 2017-18 stroke averages of less than 76.00 (72.72 and 73.74 respectively) and a GPA of at least 3.2. Gandon was, of course, the first Kansas State golfer in 67 years to win a conference title. Massimino is currently ranked ninth on the all-time stroke average list at Kansas State.