Breaking: Sad news from the sports world in our region: Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer has died at 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Though he never reached the Super Bowl with Kansas City, the Star notes that during his 10-year tenure, only San Francisco won more games. Marty made the formerly moribund Chiefs competitive and restored interest in the franchise, for which all fans should be eternally grateful.
The Wildcats will play No. 13 Texas tonight at 7:00 in Bramlage Coliseum. The Longhorns won the first matchup this season by an 82-67 score. Kellis Robinett points out that the January 16 win was Texas’s last, as it has dropped three close decisions to Oklahoma State (in double-OT), Baylor and Texas Tech since then. The Longhorns also had games against Iowa State, TCU and Kentucky either postponed or canceled.
K-State holds a 22-19 advantage in the all-time series but has dropped the last three contests to the ‘Horns. Broadcast is only available online at ESPN+.
Kellis pulled extra duty, as he penned a feature on how hard Kaosi Ezeagu has worked to overcome injuries so he can help his Wildcat team. He also revisited Bruce Weber’s job security, quoting athletic director Gene Taylor as saying he’s “not even thinking about making a change” at the head basketball coach position. Parse away. It’s what sports fans do.
K-State Sports Extra pumps up the optimism for football in the fall, headlined by the return of five seniors under the special rules implemented during the pandemic.
For subscribers with extra time on their hands, The Athletic published a thoughtful piece on the myth of amateurism in the NCAA and its supposed virtues to the college sports world. Definitely worth the read.