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SLATE: First press conference of the season

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Plus the Wildcats finally landed another commit for 2022.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JUL 14 Big 12 Media Days Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Football

It’s getting closer and closer to kickoff, and we’re now down to three touchdowns (with XPs) and a field goal from the Kansas State season opener. And yesterday, Chris Klieman held his first press conference of the season, which was also notable for being the first in-person press conference since February 2020. Klieman talked about the future of K-State football in regards to realignment, what they’re telling recruits, and how the team is moving along at this early point in fall camp.

On Monday, the Wildcats got a big commitment, literally, from Erie, CO offensive lineman John Pastore. The Rivals 3-star rated line prospect already lists at 6’6” 270lb, and is a strong candidate for a role at tackle. He also spurned an offer from Nebraska to choose K-State, which makes this commitment that much sweeter. Pastore is the 10th commit to the class of 2022.

Drew and I also teamed up yesterday to get the running back group previewed, and while Deuce Vaughn is the clear headliner, his supporting cast is solid and will need to be able to take some of the load off of Vaughn’s shoulders.

The KC Star (and presumably the Wichita Eagle) has a profile of Canton-Galva’s Tyson Struber, and talked about why the 8-man star picked K-State.

Soccer

K-State Soccer will be the first team to return to action this fall, and the first of two exhibition matches to open the season is this Thursday (8/12), where they will be in Brookings, SD to face the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. Then on Sunday, the Cats will be back at home to face Wyoming from Buser Family Park. The season officially kicks off on Thursday, August 19th, when the purple Wildcats from Weber State will be in Manhattan for a 7pm start time. This Thursday’s game will be live-streamed by SDSU, and you can purchase a “24 Hour Pass” for $7 to watch the game.