Add K-State athletic director John Currie to the growing list of people who think stronger nonconference scheduling will help the Big 12.
“When you look back on it, there were three or four competitive games in Big 12 play, that, if one of those games goes in our favor, may have been enough to swing our strength of schedule enough to having a team in the final four.
“You look back at that Oklahoma State/Florida State game or the West Virginia/Alabama game or the Kansas State/Auburn game, and certainly we have to keep scheduling those types of games to build the perception and the brand equity of our conference. And we have got to go win them.”
Off the roster
D’Vonta Derricott, a junior-college transfer linebacker, is no longer listed on K-State’s roster. Neither is freshman receiver Tyler Ahrens. Coach Bill Snyder said both are not part of the team, declining to answer if either could return to the team in the spring. Derricott was a four-star recruit from Garden City Community College.
Currie said K-State is expecting as many as 25,000 fans at the Alamo Bowl. That number more than doubles the school’s ticket allotment of 12,000. Currie said K-State had sold about 10,000 of its bowl tickets, which remain on sale at the school’s athletic website.
Snyder routinely gives young K-State players opportunities to shine during the first portions of bowl practices. So far, two have stood out: freshman offensive lineman Jeb Drost and freshman fullback Winston Dimel.
Junior defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales will be available to play in the Alamo Bowl after his recent arrest for witness/victim intimidation and criminal damage of property.
“We have worked through that,” Snyder said. “It wasn’t all the issue it was made out to be.”
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