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SLATE: Injury to Foster means Finney is Steelers opening-day starter

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Plus a few other random items to start your week

Don’t look now, but our boy’s caught himself a break.
Don’t look now, but our boy’s caught himself a break.
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The biggest news of the weekend on the Konza didn’t involve the current iteration of the Wildcats but an echo from an earlier version. On Saturday, Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster went down with a knee injury, and that means the new starting left guard is none other than one Benjamin J. Isaac Finney, late of Manhattan.

Foster’s injury isn’t as bad as the Steelers thought initially, per this uncredited story in the Wheeling News-Register, and he’s only expected to miss a few weeks. Joe Rutter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review discusses how this could be a big showcase for Finney (and there’s a great photo of Finney taking questions in an Andale t-shirt leading the article), and Mike Prisuta of Steelers.com discusses the issue in his practice report. Matthew Marczi of Steelers Depot reports that Mike Tomlin isn’t worried, because Finney’s already shown him he can do the job. There’s also an ESPN hit from Jeremy Fowler, which barely mentions Finney.

Meanwhile, back home at the Mercury, our old pal Greg Woods reports on Bill Snyder’s lamentations regarding not having enough time to work with the players during the summer. Speaking of Snyder, Bob Hertzel of the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram ponders the possibility of K-State’s trip to Morgantown this year being Snyder’s last.

Yesterday, BracketCat’s countdown reached #34, which means junior running back Alex Barnes. As the numbers get smaller, get ready for double-dipping galore.

Ian Boyd and Melissa Treibwasser got into an exchange on Twitter which started a big debate over in TCU land: does a bad Longhorn team drag down the Big 12? Grant McGalliard explores the issue over at Frogs O’ War.

Finally, in today’s Sports Extra Corbin McGuire checks in with Evansville’s newest assistant coach, who you’ll recognize immediately — it’s former Wildcat Karyla Middlebrook.