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K-State's big nonconference home game, Bruce Weber's first pitch and more

09/06/2012 4:15 PM

05/16/2014 7:38 PM

How rare is it for a major team from outside the Big 12 Conference to come to Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a football game?

Pretty rare.

When Miami takes the field on Saturday, the Hurricanes will be the sixth nonconference opponent from a BCS league to play the Wildcats in Manhattan since 1988.

The others were: Iowa in 1988, Minnesota in 1994, USC in 2002, Louisville in 2006 and UCLA in 2010. K-State also hosted Cincinnati in 1996, but it didn’t join the Big East until 2005. So the Bearcats don’t count. Neither does Central Florida, which K-State defeated in 2010 and is on its way to the Big East as well.

Snyder only coached the Wildcats in three of those games. Stan Parrish coached against Iowa and Ron Prince coached against Louisville.

Everyone knows challenging games are not part of Snyder’s scheduling philosophy. He will agree to them every now and then (a home-and-home series against USC being the main example), but when he does he refers to them as “weak moments.” He would rather face less challenging opponents at home to give his team the chance to pick up easy wins and gain experience before heading into conference play.

Snyder was asked earlier this week if he thought fans will appreciate a name opponent like Miami coming to Manhattan for a nonconference game. His reply:

“They probably appreciate it more if you win and less if you lose,” Snyder said. “It was another weak moment. I have them more frequently now. The outcome probably determines the value of having Miami or anyone else here of name stature.”

Snyder didn’t actually schedule the home-and-home series with Miami. Prince set that up along with several other ambitious games against Auburn, Oregon, Virginia Tech, UCLA and Louisville. K-State was able to cancel the games against Oregon and Virginia Tech, but played the others. Auburn will come to Manhattan in 2014.

So, if you enjoy watching K-State host big nonconference games, enjoy Saturday. They don’t come along very often.

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber threw out the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium last night. Looks like he had pretty good form.

Alas, his throwing motion wasn’t enough to motivate the Royals to victory. They fell behind the Texas Rangers early and went on to lose 7-6.


For those who like the K-State Mask videos, here is his latest offering:

And for those who do not like the K-State Mask videos, a Miami fan has a rebuttal video (warning, it contains quite a few R-Rated words):


– Miami’s secondary didn’t play well against Boston College. So does that mean Collin Klein will try to pass for big yardage against the Hurricanes, too?

– Former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch will be in town Saturday to provide color for the FX broadcast. The current Fox Sports analyst offered his insight on the upcoming game and Klein. As a former run-first quarterback, he had some interesting things to say.

– Miami’s offensive line exceeded expectations last week while trying to run a no-huddle offense for the first time.

– Al Golden calls running back Eduardo Clements “The heart and soul” of his team.

– Miami players think it won’t be hard to correct the problems they had on defense against Boston College.

– Interesting story here about Notre Dame home football games. There appears to be a rift between Irish fans who want to make the stadium atmosphere much louder and rowdier and fans that want to socialize and sit the whole time.

– Found it interesting that Missouri coach Gary Pinkel admonished one of his players for saying some not nice things about Georgia. Now that the Tigers are in the SEC, shouldn’t that type of trash talk be encouraged? While covering the Cotton Bowl last season, I was surprised by how confident Arkansas players were with the media. They said the SEC was better than the Big 12 and that they were fast and more physical. I later asked the Arkansas SID if they talked that way before every game, and he nodded. He said that is just part of being in the SEC.


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