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Slate: AD Gene Taylor talks about potential plans for college football

Construction continues at Bill Snyder Family Stadium

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 16 West Virginia at Kansas State
Will Chris Klieman and Skylar Thompson get to lead the ‘Cats into the 2020 football season on time?
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Feature articles and speculation continue as we wait for sporting events to resume. Goodness, some real sports would be nice.

The K-State Sports Extra yesterday was a Q&A with athletic director Gene Taylor. Among the topics he discussed were the factors considered in reducing salaries for top-level athletic department employees, scenarios for football in the coming school year, and differing opinions among athletic directors on implementing new Name/Image/Likeness rules in college athletics.

The Mercury featured Joe Klanderman, who says he always believed he was the perfect fit to lead K-State’s defense. (The Mercury has apparently joined the parade of publications now requiring a subscription to view content, so you may not be able to access this article.)

Chris Klieman will broadcast a special edition Spring radio show Wednesday at 7:00 CDT. You can listen on KMAN or 580 WIBW.

Kellis Robinett at the Star reports that K-State’s basketball schedule is rounding into shape with the addition of the Kansas City (formerly UMKC) Roos to play in Bramlage at some point in the Fall. K-State is 18-1 in the series between the two schools, but KC was a much-improved squad last season and the Cats, as we know, will play with an extremely young roster in 2020-2021. K-State’s non-conference slate will be highlighted by a visit from UNLV, a contest with Fred Hoiberg’s Nebraska squad at Sprint Center, and an apparent road game at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse to play Butler as part of the Big 12/Big East Challenge. K-State also plays in the Cayman Islands Challenge as part of a field that includes La Salle, Miami, Nevada, Mississippi, Northern Iowa, Western Kentucky and Oregon State.

The south end building project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is on pace despite the pandemic. This is because construction—even construction of sports facilities whose use this school year remain an open question—has been deemed essential activity. The upgrades will include two new video boards similar to those at the north end of the stadium, a covered concourse, more premium seating and a 13,500-square foot club space that can also be accessed through Bramlage Coliseum. Here’s hoping we get to pile in and enjoy the improvements this August.