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When chicken is bigger than even football...

Fast-Food Chicken Restaurant Chick-Fil-A Opens First Store In Manhattan Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

We’re less than a month from Real Live Kansas State Football. To celebrate, BracketCat has a Day 28 doubleheader: defensive back Ross Elder and tight end Spencer Misko.

Indeed, with football players reporting to fall camp, you could say football season has already begun. For Kansas State’s 2018 campaign, reporting for camp was an opportunity to display teamwork, get organized, and maybe even mug for the camera a little.

The other big news around Kansas State football right now is that Chick-Fil-A is coming to Bill Snyder Family Stadium. This was so important that it was mentioned by K-State itself, by Jon Morse right here, and even by actual newspapers. I can only assume this means Manhattan does not have any good chicken.

In his weekly K-State Q&A, Kellis Robinett talks about Chabastin Taylor, nicknames for the Wildcats’ running back corps, and most importantly, the Big XII teams as Boulevard beers.

Finally, our own Greg Woods, writing for the Manhattan Mercury, reports on Bill Snyder and his thoughts on the impact of sports gambling on college sports:

I understand why it’s being bantered about as a regulation. And because of the gambling, (officials) want to get it all on the table so the gamblers don’t have an inside track to it, and they’re not sniffing around the program and your players. ... As I’ve said so many times, it’s strictly about the security and the safety of young people in our program.

If you’re following along, the plot in Columbus has sickened, with Urban Meyer now indicating—via written statement—that he did in fact know about the 2015 incident, and Zach Smith suggesting he himself only knew about the 2015 allegations by his ex-wife via the athletic director, Gene Smith. If you’re as much of a cynic as I am, you would assume that Meyer and Smith are working together to throw their athletic director under the bus. Sigh.

Have a good weekend, all!