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Slate: Big 12 moving forward...for now

But the Big 10 and Pac 12 are postponing things until spring.

Okay, we’ll be nice to Bob for one day. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Yesterday, the college football world was set ablaze, as the Big Ten Conference, and later the Pac-12 Conference, decided that they would postpone fall sports until at least spring of 2021. The Pac-12 took it even a step further, noting that no non-conference games for basketball could be played before January 1st, 2021, which means that K-State basketball will not be playing Oregon State in the Cayman Islands Classic (no word yet on any potential replacements).

And in a final stroke, the Big 12 decided...well technically they decided to play this fall, but really the decision yesterday just gives the Big 12 more time to come up with better plans (which they should have been working on all spring and summer), and see where things are after all the member schools get their lone non-conference game played, and some other leagues get a few games in.

Speaking on non-conference and the Big Ten, apparently Nebraska, which decided a decade ago to leave the Big 12 for greener pastures, has apparently finally realized that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. Because we wouldn’t miss a chance around here to say LOLNUB. Oh, and K-State has no more open room on it’s schedule, as reports surfaced last night that the Wildcats would host Arkansas State in Manhattan on Sept. 12th, filling the spot available after all three of K-State’s originally scheduled opponents were taken out of contention by their respective conferences. Those reports are now confirmed, as K-State has released it’s official schedule for the 2020 season*. Oh, and in exactly zero surprise to anyone, K-State opens the conference slate on the road.

*should it get played as scheduled

And with most of a week of official practice under their belts, members of the football team met with the media (via Zoom) on Tuesday to discuss how things are going headed into the 2020 season.

Also at K-State Sports, the weekly summer baseball update (which should be about done now that classes are about to start), and today’s Sports Extra features incoming MBB freshman guard Luke Kasubke.

After a long life serving K-State and the community’s indoor swim needs, the Natatorium will be closed this year due to ventilation issues that could promote disease spread, and will be permanently closed within three years as required maintenance and updates to the facility, plus operating costs, make it “no longer fiscally viable or safe” for K-State to operate.