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SLATE: Memorials on Memorial Day

RIP to a legend, a Wildcat, and a program

What a garbage weekend.
What a garbage weekend.
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There is no news regarding current Kansas State activities this morning. However, the last few days have seen some sad passings, so on this Memorial Day, an in memoriam:

First we say goodbye to Evan Simpson, who passed away due to cancer last week in Texas but it took a bit for the news to filter up to Kansas. Simpson, 51, was an original member of the Snyder Wildcats, transferring over from Iowa when Bill Snyder took the K-State job. Simpson was a backup defensive lineman on the 1990 team which stunned the entire college football world by going 5-6 after only winning four games in the previous five years combined.

Over at GPC, D. Scott Fritchen talked with Simpson’s former teammate Jaime Mendez.

Meanwhile, on Saturday in Tulsa, legendary Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton died of natural causes at the age of 84. Sutton also coached at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, and San Francisco in a 50-year career which saw him reach three Final Fours and amass 806 career wins.

Sutton’s career was not without controversy; his troubles with alcohol were well-known, and the infamous open FedEx package sent to a recruit happened under his watch at Kentucky. But the man was still a legend, and two months ago he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His induction will now be a posthumous one, alongside Kobe Bryant.

Sorry to start your holiday off with such bad news, friends. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable day, and our thoughts go out to those who have other people to remember this Memorial Day.