Usually the news starts ramping up around this time, but with the start of the football season coming relatively late in the calendar as opposed to the end of August it may be this week when we start getting real nuggets to share.
For now, help yourself to Kellis Robinett’s breakdown of the 45 minutes of practice the public was allowed to observe on Saturday. The big news was the absence of Chabastin Taylor, who’s recovering from an ACL injury in the season finale (about which we shall never speak again unless we needs must). Landry Weber looked pretty good, Daniel Imatorbhebhe looked like we hoped he would, and the offensive line units beat up on the defensive line units. That may actually be bad news, of course.
There are lots of other observations in the article, so check it out.
Ryan Black reports that Michael Beasley will be playing August hoops with the Portland Trailblazers entry in the summer league. Other Kansas State alumni in the league include Barry Brown (Orlando) and Xavier Sneed (Charlotte). Beasley, meanwhile, will be playing alongside some familiar folks: Greg Brown, Mark Vital, and NBA vet Kenneth Faried.
Suzie Fritz landed a transfer over the weekend as Jacksonville middle blocker Sydney Bolding is bringing her talents to Manhattan. She’s a 6’5” junior with three years of eligibility remaining thanks to COVID.
K-State coach Mike Dibbini and several players met with the media on Friday, and the athletic department website has tons of quotes. Key questions that seemed to recur: the importance of Brookelynn Entz coming back, the DISRESPECT of being picked to finish last even after last season’s leap forward, and the impact of NIL rights. As to the latter, Entz has made a little money already; a strong season by the team could see some of her teammates joining her.
In Friday’s Sports Extra, Austin Siegel introduced us to Dibbini’s two new assistants: Don Trentham and David Romay.