The women’s basketball team looked better on Sunday but still lost (64-52 at home vs. #8 Baylor).
The tennis team, which had been so good in the fall, seems lost (falling 4-1 at Arizona State).
The Chiefs last night? Oh, yeah, they were lost and they lost.
But one Wildcat did some stuff. Byron Pringle was probably the third- or fourth-best player wearing a red jersey last night.
Pringle’s night started with a three-yard reception on Kansas City’s first offensive play. He wouldn’t get another, but twice a big play aimed at him was knocked away by a defender before the ball could get to him and late in the game when Patrick Mahomes threw his second interception, he missed seeing a wide-open Pringle in the end zone.
Pringle also had a 41-yard kickoff return and a fantastic defensive play on special teams. With the Chiefs punting midway through the second quarter, after Tommy Townsend fumbled the snap and then boomed a 56-yard punt, Jaydon Mickens attempted a return and he looked like he was going to break it.
Pringle came out of nowhere, from behind Mickens, and leveled him. But the play got erased because the Chiefs were called for holding while trying to give Townsend time to get the punt off after the fumble.
Still, it was a good night for the former Wildcat star. He accounted for 90 all-purpose yards, which was more than any Chief not named Travis Kelce.
As for K-State’s women (5-11, 0-9), hanging in there against a solid Baylor squad without Christianna Carr in the lineup was a pleasant sight. Ayoka Lee had a game-high 21 points while Rachel Ranke added 12 and actually out-rebounded Lee 7-5. next up is TCU, in Fort Worth on Wednesday.
We close with a couple of pieces of tragic news. Lew Hill, the current coach of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, passed away in his sleep at the age of 56 yesterday morning. Hill had contracted COVID-19 earlier in the year but recovered, and was planning to take the rest of the season off after Saturday’s loss to Texas Southern to see to health issues both related and unrelated to the virus.
Hill had major Kansas connections. He played college basketball at Wichita State, earning All-Valley recognition as a senior in 1988, then went straight to Wichita East for a year as an assistant before making stops at South Alabama, Southeast Missouri State, East Carolina, and Texas A&M. In 2004, he joined Lon Kruger at UNLV and then followed him to Oklahoma. He took over at UTRGV after the Sooners’ trip to the Final Four in 2017, winning 20 games in 2019 and leading the Vaqueros to two post-season berths.
Last night during the Super Bowl, news broke that during the afternoon ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez suddenly died at his home in Phoenix. Most people remember Gomez for being the reporter assigned to Barry Bonds as he chased down Hank Aaron, but Gomez had a 35-year career covering baseball including an eight-year stint covering the Bash Brother-era A’s. He was very much a well-liked reporter, and he’ll be missed.