Amid lawsuits and threats over the past few months, college sports senses change and feels the vibrations. But few have offered a peak into a future operation until Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby pulled back the curtain and saw potential hardship.
Standing near a stage at Corinth Square in Prairie Village on Friday night, the KU head coach laid out, in rather clear terms, what his players expect out of the 2014 football season: “Our players expect to be playing in December.”
This “motion picture review” of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” appeared Sunday, Aug. 20, 1939, in The Kansas City Star. The film played a one-week exclusive engagement starting Aug. 18 at Loew’s Midland theater, 1228 Main St.
Even at Kansas State, where Bill Snyder has become famous for coaching walk-ons into pros, Ryan Mueller’s journey from an unrecruited Kansas City high school player to one of the best pass rushers in the Big 12, if not the nation, is extreme.
The last five times Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has welcomed back his leading passer from the previous season, the Wildcats have won 11 games. It happened in 1998 with quarterback Michael Bishop, 2000 with Jonathan Beasley, 2002 and 2003 with Ell Roberson, and then again in 2012 with Collin Klein. This year, Jake Waters will attempt to prove the equation.
Bourbon, who was expected to be the starter, suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage on Sunday, while Cox tore his Achilles tendon during a non-contact drill on Monday. Both Bourbon and Cox, who have already used redshirts, will explore ways to finish their careers next season.
Through the years, K-State senior defensive back Randall Evans has made a list of personal goals that has included everything from intercepting passes to sacking quarterbacks to winning national awards. This season, he has a new priority. He enters his fifth and final season as K-State’s active leading tackler. He wants to retain that title.
The redshirt offensive lineman — related to KU lettermen Ray Evans and Harry Gibson — is more than just another body on the roster. He was put on scholarship this summer and is in the middle of a three-man battle for the starting job at center.
He broke his back in high school, became a Division I athlete after seeing an ad in the newspaper, and later earned a football scholarship at a Big 12 school. But, you know, these are not the most amazing facts about Kansas junior defensive lineman T.J. Semke. No, the craziest thing would be this: Semke is also a part-time bounty hunter.
Mill Valley offensive lineman Evan Applegate announced on Friday via Twitter that he committed to Kansas State University. He helped the Jaguars to a 10-1 record last season, which included an undefeated regular season and Kaw Valley League title.