Our hopes for a 2020-2021 sports season got a boost this morning, as K-State announced it will commence in-person classes on Monday, August 17. The start date is a week earlier than originally planned, and in-person instruction will end November 20. After Thanksgiving break, classes will continue by virtual means through December 4, and students will take finals from December 7-11.
In way-in-the-future sports news, the Wildcats will play Southeast Missouri State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on September 2, 2023. SEMO was originally scheduled to play Missouri that day, but the Tigers bought out the contract for $175,000. We should all get paid so much to hear someone say, “Eh. Don’t bother.”
It was reported earlier that a number of K-State greats (4, to KU’s 1, if you’re counting at home) will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on October 4. Riley County’s favorite son, Jordy Nelson, is getting some love in Packer-land for the honor.
The retro uniform craze has officially invaded college baseball, with the Wildcats planning to unveil these ghastly kits at some point next season:
It does not take a fashion savant to wonder why, exactly, anyone would model throwback uniforms on the 1983 White Sox. Anyway, I just hope the guys get to play and have fun doing it, even in these atrocities.
Finally, some good news from the academic side: K-State has received a five-year grant of $11.3 million to develop a new Center of Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. The center will seek to expand medical professionals’ ability to respond to future outbreaks of infections, such as COVID-19.