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SLATE: Hail to the Chiefs

The Wildcats, on the other hand, got smoked all weekend.

Look who’s going to the Super Bowl again!
Look who’s going to the Super Bowl again!
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At least one good thing happened for Kansas State this weekend. Last night, with three catches for 22 yards, former Wildcat Byron Pringle did his part to help the Chiefs reach their second straight Super Bowl in a 38-24 spanking of the Bills. Pringle didn’t get on the stat sheet in Kansas City’s win over the Niners last year, but maybe that will change this time out.

As for current Wildcats, all we can say is oof. Saturday, the Cats got beaten down by West Virginia 69-47, as Luke Sobba recounted. The women, who’d won seven straight at Allen Fieldhouse, fell to Kansas 70-63. despite yet another double-double from Ayoka Lee (14 and 12). And just a week after having blown out both Kansas and Wichita State at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular in Manhattan, the Cat tracksters — despite the athletic department’s glowing praise — got destroyed at the Jayhawk Classic.

To be fair, K-State did not send a full contingent to Lawrence; notably, the Cats sent nobody in the combined events and Tejaswin Shankar did not compete. The result was predictable, as on the men’s side Kansas scored 207 points to the Shockers’ 162 and K-State’s 113, while the teams finished in the same order in the women’s competition, 237-110-88.

Devon Richardson did win the women’s high jump, and Kassidy Johnson won the women’s 600m. But it’s troubling that the team would go to an event at Kansas without really intending to win the meet. They’ll be back at home this weekend with the Austra Skujyte Pentathlon and Steve Fritz Decathlon on Friday, followed by the DeLoss Dodds Invitational on Saturday.

There is action again this afternoon, as the women return home for the first time in a month to take on Oklahoma State. That’ll be at 4:00pm on ESPN+.

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