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Receiver expected to play at K-State headed to D-II school instead

The Kansas City Star

When Bill Snyder was asked about Marquez Clark on Monday, Snyder said he expected Clark, a four-star junior college receiver, to arrive at Kansas State in time for the start of August practices.

Two days later, that is no longer a possibility.

Clark, the highest-rated player in the Wildcats’ latest recruiting class according to Rivals, is now headed to Central Oklahoma, a Division II school located in Edmond. He told on Wednesday that a dispute over an online English class he took this summer left him short of the required credits needed to enroll at K-State.

“I was getting down to my deadline of getting into a school and I’m not about to start all the way over,” Clark told the website. “I will be attending UCO, the University of Central Oklahoma.”

Attempts to reach Clark for further comment have been unsuccessful.

Clark’s last-minute switch could hurt K-State’s passing game this season. He broke junior college single-season receiving records by catching 98 passes for 1,639 yards last year at Navarro Junior College. He was also a quality kick returner. Though the Wildcats have depth at wide receiver — Chris Harper, Tyler Lockett, Tramaine Thompson and Curry Sexton all return — Clark had the potential to work his way into the equation.

• Kansas State president Kirk Schulz will serve as the Big 12’s representative on the NCAA’s board of directors for the next four years. The board is made up of presidents and chancellors from universities in each of the Football Bowl Subdivision’s 11 conferences. The board meets four times a year. Schulz’s first board meeting will come on Aug. 2.

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