Today is Wednesday, that means yesterday was press conference day. Coach Klieman was joined by Briley Moore and Drew Wiley in addressing the media via Zoom during the first of three in-season bye weeks. Klieman heaped high praise on true freshman runningback Deuce Vaughn, and also discussed issues with depth and injures (we’re in year two now, and I’m still not fully prepared to have a coach that actually discusses injuries and the depth chart in a realistic way...).
Over at the Wichita Eagle, Kellis Robinett talks about Deuce Vaughn’s bright future at K-State, and for more reasons than you may think.
K-State Ahtletics reports that they had about 8,000 people actually in the stands for Saturday’s game, which is actually about 15% capacity, and responded to some criticism about the appearance of the student section. Oh, and they’re looking at having the marching band fully take over the north endzone area, so that the whole band can participate instead of just half.
One final note related to Saturday’s game, Arkansas State has been forced to postpone their game this weekend with Central Arkansas due to “the inability to field a safe number of players among [one] depleted position group”. The news release does not specify which group, or whether the availability issue is related to “regular” injuries or COVID. K-State/Riley County has not announced any positive tests after Saturday’s game.
Also, Drew’s first film breakdown of Saturday’s game goes live a little later this afternoon, and it tries to answer the burning question “Why did the Wildcats stick with the inside run game?”.
This time last week, the Wildcats were shifting their focus to this week after their originally scheduled opener was postponed due to quarantine issues with Texas Tech. But thanks to another late cancellation, and some hard work between the administrations at K-State and Oklahoma State, the Wildcats and Pokes were able to get a game scheduled and played in about 24 hours. It wasn’t a Wildcat victory, but for Dibbini and the Cats, who were “tired of just going up against each other in practice”, it was good to finally get back to action.
The Cats are on the road this week, headed to Morgantown to face the WVU Mountaineers, for a Friday 6pm CT start. The game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ if you’d like to tune in.
The VolleyCats broadcast schedule is out, and all but two games will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The other two, @ WVU on Oct. 1st and vs UT on Oct. 16th, will be broadcast on ESPNU. Also, all 2020 home matches for the Wildcats will be moved to Bramlage Coliseum, where K-State has spent most of the off-season practicing, presumably both for the much better facilities as well as additional room for fans to spread out. No season tickets are being sold, but tickets for home games will be available on a game-by-game basis, and available for purchase beginning at 8:30am CT the day prior to each home series.