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Stadium watch: Colorado State Stadium

Some Power 5 fans will be envious of the $220 million facility Colorado State opens later this month. CSU's new stadium features large concourses, 352 luxury suites, an SEC-sized video board and a 10,000-seat student section (nearly one-fourth of the 41,200 capacity). The stadium debuts Aug. 26 when Colorado State hosts Oregon State.

Kansas State Football / Re: Who's your guy?
« on: May 17, 2017, 08:08:41 AM »
Who has

Kansas State Football / Re: Who's your guy?
« on: May 09, 2017, 03:37:17 PM »
Can someone post the master list with everybody's guys? And is there a master list of guys available? I need a guy for this college football playoff season run that we are about to embark on. Thanks in advance.

you get Devin Anctil.  you're welcome.

Very generous, however, I'm going to take Ian Rudzik on offense or AJ Parker on defense.

Kansas State Football / Re: Who's your guy?
« on: May 08, 2017, 07:51:19 AM »
 Can someone post the master list with everybody's guys? And is there a master list of guys available? I need a guy for this college football playoff season run that we are about to embark on. Thanks in advance.

Greg McDermott?    He makes less than $1.4 million a year at Creighton.  :dunno:

With low-rated recruiting class, it's bubble at best for Kansas State next season

Mar 17, 2017
Jeff Borzello
ESPN Staff Writer
We continue our recruit and return series with the Kansas State Wildcats, whose season ended Friday with a loss to Cincinnati in the South Region. Here is a look at what the 2017-18 season could hold:

Possible 2017-18 starting five:

G: Deathbite

G: The Flush

F: Xavier Sneed

F: Claws

C: Bullnuts

Who is lost: Westicles was recruited to Kansas State when he was a role player next to the Harrison twins in the Houston Defenders AAU program; he’ll exit as an NBA prospect. Westicles, a skilled forward, can make shots from the perimeter, rebound effectively and pass from the wing. He took big strides during his four seasons in Manhattan and will be missed. Big man D.J. Johnson is also departing after averaging double figures and finishing second on the team in rebounding. He was a pure low-post option who was excellent on the offensive glass. Backup guard Dogbite II is also gone.

Who is added: oscar Weber has generally done well with under-recruited players, and his 2017 class is no different. The “biggest” name is New England guard Mike McGuirl, a two-star prospect. He can score at all three levels and make shots from 3-point range. Weber also brings in power forwards Nigel Shadd and Levi Stockard. Stockard in particular should be an asset immediately. Cartier Diarra and James Love III will also be eligible to play after redshirting this past season.

What it means for next season: Three starters are back for Weber, led by the two-way backcourt of Deathbite and The Flush. Brown was one of the best defenders in the Big 12 this past season, and he acted as a secondary playmaker and shot-maker from the perimeter. Stokes was the team’s primary ball handler and took a step forward as a 3-point shooter. He’ll once again play the large majority of the minutes at the point guard position. Up front, Claws will lead the way. He was more efficient on the offensive end as a sophomore and added a more consistent 3-point shot to his repertoire. Look for him to take on more of a scoring role next season. Versatile forward Xavier Sneed will likely slide into the starting lineup after acting as the team’s sixth man this past season. Weber will need more interior production without Johnson, though, which means Bullnuts will see more minutes.

Trending: Level. Kansas State snuck into the NCAA tournament this past season with three wins in March, despite constant rumors regarding Weber’s status with the program. He’ll likely be back in Manhattan -- and the Wildcats will be sniffing around the bubble again, due to their talented backcourt.

Indiana Basketball – Five reasons Tom Crean should stay and another five he should go
by Kent Sterling
February 25, 2017

Indiana coach Tom Crean has three years left on his contract.

Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass will wait until the season ends and then evaluate the basketball program.  The decision will be made to either retain Tom Crean as the basketball coach or relieve him of his responsibilities.

There are two sects of Indiana Basketball fans – those who view Crean as the hero of IU hoops who rode in on a white horse to save the program during its darkest moment with diligence and excellent recruiting, and those who see him as an overmatched schemer whose hyperactivity and inability to teach defense has frustrated players and fans.

Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.

Indiana will play the final home game of a very disappointing season tonight against Northwestern, a team enjoying its finest year.  Indiana is 5-10, in 13th place among 14 teams in the Big 10.

For many fans who spend the majority of their idle time ruminating about Indiana Basketball, the result of a season that began with such promise is unacceptable.

Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons or firing and retaining Crean to see if we can find a little clarity or common ground.  Here are five reasons – in no particular order – to hold on to Crean:

Who is a better replacement?  The names being thrown around as the next coach are either pie in the sky pipe dreams or uninspiring.  Brad Stevens (Celtics), Steve Alford (UCLA), Archie Miller (Dayton), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Chris Mack (Xavier), Dane Fife (assistant at Michigan State), Will Wade (VCU), and Kevin Keatts (UNC Wilmington) are among the names that come to mind as potential leaders, but do any give you the notion that a sixth banner is right around the corner?  Maybe one of them would either agree to come or provide IU with its next great coach.
Injuries robbed this Indiana team of chance to succeed.  Collin Hartman would have brought steady delivery of fundamentals and leadership, and O.G. Anunoby can defend all five spots as an athletic freak.  James Blackmon Jr. was gone for a few games too.  With a healthy roster, Indiana might have been good enough.  With Hartman healthy, it can be assumed that IU would have been one point better @ IPFW – a game lost in overtime).  With Hartman and Anunoby playing, they likely would have been a bucket better against Minnesota and a point better than Iowa.  By being four points better, Indiana would be 18-10 and 7-8 in the Big 10, and inside the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.  It’s likely IU might have found a way to be a bit better than that.
Indiana has won two Big 10 championships in last five seasons.  The NCAA Tournament is a crapshoot, and winning four straight games in March to advance to the Final Four is tough.  Winning more Big 10 games than anyone else in the conference is a test of basketball and intestinal fortitude.
Hoosiers program better today than 10, 15, or 20 years ago.  After Damon Bailey’s graduation, Indiana under Bob Knight started recruiting all over the place, and the result was an uneven mess.  Mike Davis was unready to lead IU by his own admission.  Kelvin Sampson was an amoral and corrupt leader (according to NCAA rules at the time) of a previously pious and chaste program.  Crean inherited a mess, and cobbled together rosters that became very competitive in his fourth season.  From 1995-2012, Indiana advanced to one Sweet 16 and shared one Big 10 regular season championship.  From 2013-2016, Indiana won two Big 10 titles outright, and has advanced to three Sweet 16s.
Maybe this is as good as it gets for IU.  Indiana is not Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, or Duke.  It’s also not the consistent winner that Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan are.  A close comp over the past six years is West Virginia.  Is there a coach out there like John Calipari was after the grim and brief Billy Gillespie era at Kentucky, or a Roy Williams following Matt Doherty and Bill Guthridge at UNC who can resurrect Indiana to it’s former greatness?
Okay, let’s compare the reasons to keep Crean with some that call for a regime change:

Style does not sync with Indiana heritage.  Even when winning, Indiana fans are baffled by the Hoosiers inability to defend and take care of the ball.  For generations Indiana players appeared smarter and better prepared to compete than their opponents.  Today’s Hoosiers either out-talent opponents or lose.
Crean can no longer recruit Indiana.  Four high school seniors from Indiana are ranked in the top 30 nationally, and none will play for Indiana.  IU continues to offer Indiana kids, but none seems as keen on playing in Bloomington as Cody Zeller or Yogi Ferrell were.  If Crean can’t recruit the home state hot bed, how can they compete with the programs that can.  Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, Zak Irvin, Caleb Swanigan, and Kyle Guy would have helped Indiana win games if not championships.
Incoming class not a game changer.  Clifton Moore, Al Durham, and Justin Smith are doubtless nice young men who have a great talent to play basketball, but they comprise a recruiting class not ranked in the top 40 in the country.  Their arrival will coincide with the almost certain departure of Anunoby, Blackmon, and Thomas Bryant.  Fans are not bullish that brighter days are ahead based upon the current state of Crean’s recruiting.
Alternative to firing is an extension.  If Crean is invited to return to Bloomington by not being asked to leave, he will have three years remaining on his contract, and as his buyout drops to $1-million on July 1st, he will ask for an extension that rewards him for the success that had been lacking for 15 years prior to his arrival.  Can Indiana justify extending the contract of a coach whose presence in Bloomington has motivated thousands of empty seats in Assembly Hall over the last month.
Failed to post winning Big 10 record three of last four seasons.  Indiana’s record over the last four Big 10 seasons is 36-33 with three non-winning seasons.  That is a mediocre result that includes one very nice 15-3 season.  Taking the unfair step of removing the 2016 campaign, Indiana is 21-30 in conference play in 2014, 2015, and 2017.  If past is prologue, the future looks dim indeed.
The distilled result of the five reasons to replace Crean is an apathy among longtime fans and donors that might compel action.

 I think beas got the start tonight against the Pacers.  :Woot:

Kansas State Football / Re: KU football is hurting
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:57:22 AM »
KU football got 6 2018 commits yesterday. Three four stars all from louisiana, all with Bama and LSU offers. What the hell is happening on the Bayou?
If true, they must have adopted kU hoops recruiting tactics.
 "Hull has a rare understanding of how to navigate the academic system in Louisiana that would give struggling student-athletes the best chance to qualify, which he is using to his advantage."

I'm not sure how they get past KU's rigorous academic admission standards.

Kansas State Football / Re: Wild Wildcats in the NFL
« on: January 24, 2017, 11:53:21 PM »
RosterWatch? @RosterWatch
This is RosterWatch and these are our top 10 thoughts from Tuesday at the Senior Bowl ....Impressive
3. Jordan Willis DE, #KSU (6'3, 255) top speed registered 19.2 mph- better time than ALL RBs measured on Tuesday

Kansas State Basketball / Was Darrell a DITR?
« on: March 03, 2016, 01:50:34 PM »
9 days later on 04/17/12 Basketball staff adds power forward
Robert Cassidy | Staff Writer
oscar Weber said he'd like to add a forward within days of accepting the job at Kansas State. Well, it didn't take him long to find one. Parkway North (St. Louis) High School senior Darrell Johnson became the new coaching regime's first commitment when he pledged his services to K-State on Tuesday afternoon.
His name seems out of left field, but it's not. Both Weber and associate head coach Chris Lowery have put in significant time recruiting Johnson. It's just that they were wearing the logos of their previous school when they did so.
Weber showed interest in the 6-foot-8 forward while coaching Illinois. Lowery offered him a scholarship as the head coach of Southern Illinois. With both men now pulling in the same direction, though, the decision was made quickly. Johnson's campus visit took place this weekend, and his choice was finalized less than 48 hours later.
"He loved the facilities at K-State," said Arnaud Jones, Johnson's AAU coach. "He loves coach Weber, too. He personally came down and let him know he has a good chance to make a good run right away. With guys like (Rodney) McGruder and (Will) Spradling returning, there's a good chance for something special to be there."
Both Weber and Lowery have made trips to watch Johnson play during the AAU season. Weber did not offer Johnson a scholarship during his final days at Illinois, but according to Jones, that decision was made for reasons that had little to do with his player's on-court ability.
"He liked him, but (Weber) didn't even know where he was going to land at that time, so he held off," Jones said.
Jones says Johnson's skill set starts with defense. He describes the 235-pounder as a "defensive monster" and tells tales of his rebounding prowess. Of course none of Jones' words speak more than the statistics. He rattles those off from memory, too.
"Darrell led the state of Missouri in blocked shots and rebounds during his high school season," he said. "It's what he's known for. It's the first thing you'll notice about him. He's physical."
Johnson played the summer AAU circuit as a member of Baylor Fusion. He chose K-State over offers from Alabama, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Detroit and Southern Illinois among others.

As of 04/8/12 PF Johnson takes official to Virginia Tech
Brian Mohr | Publisher
Virginia Tech played host to an official visitor late last week. Saint Louis (Miss.) Parkway North power forward Darrell Johnson took an official visit to Blacksburg and was close to a decision. What's the status now?
"I was supposed to go to Memphis yesterday, but I couldn't make it," he said. "Virginia Tech was pretty good. I liked it."
Johnson arrived at Tech on Thursday.
"I ate at a couple of the dining halls, hung out with the guys, worked out with them a bit, had dinner with the coaches and then hung out with the players more that night," he said. "The next day I went out with the coaches again and toured around the entire campus. I met with the academic advisor and even met some of the football coaching staff before leaving."
Johnson hadn't been to Virginia Tech fully before, so did anything surprise him?
"I was surprised how far they were from the airport," he said. "That was the most surprising thing. They were really far and it took two flights since they are a smaller airport."
Still, the visit went well.
"The coaches were really friendly," he said. "Coach Greenberg, Coach Johnson and the rest of the staff were nice guys. They worked me out really well and were really nice. The players were really helpful on the court. I learned some new stuff. It was a good experience."
Erick Green hosted Johnson on the trip.
"He's a pretty cool dude," he said. "He's laid back and he told me a lot of things about how to succeed and what to do, with my classes, how to go about my work, balance out school and more. I liked the visit, it was a nice experience."
Prior to leaving, Greenberg gave his final pitch.
"He just shook my hand and told me he wanted to get news on Wednesday or whenever I make my decision."
Before coming on the trip, Johnson noted that Tech might have even led for his services. Did the trip reaffirm him or change things?
"It kind of changed things," he said. "I know I always have said I wanted to get away from home. But, actually getting on the trip, the plane ride and knowing I had to take two planes no matter what. That made me second-guess things a little bit. I know I didn't have my truck anymore and I couldn't drive to campus since the airport is so far away from campus."
Johnson maintains Tech is right in the mix.
"I'm down to Memphis, Virginia Tech and Alabama," he said. "Alabama wants to get me in and I might be looking at taking a visit.
"I really wanted to get a decision by Wednesday, but it looks like I'll have to push it back further. I'll have to see Memphis and maybe even Alabama."

Kansas State Basketball / psh psh psh is this thing on?
« on: October 25, 2015, 09:12:21 PM »
Any of you hosers go to the scrimmage?   :impatient:

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1, Dogbite II: Did not play again. The junior college transfer is still slowly but surely coming back from having some lingering knee issues this summer. He did some fast break drills before the scrimmage so I'm under the impression he could give it a go, so this is just being cautious. He has a nice frame and could be a boost offensively. Not sure what he can do defensively, though, since i haven't really seen him play.

3, Deathbite: The freshman point guard is starting to become my favorite newcomer. There's just something there and it's easy to get on board with his game early. I like how he gets separation to get open, he's looking to find open teammates, and he has moxie to knock down some shots. He hit a clutch 3-pointer near the end of one of the periods. By no means is he perfect. He makes some mistakes, as all young guards will. I just think, right now, he is playing the best of any newcomer by a long shot.

4, D.J. Johnson: Did not play. Johnson did play in the first scrimmage last Saturday, but was held out of this one. It wasn't for any setback. He just didn't play. oscar Weber had mentioned before they were going to ease him back into things so having him healthy and absolutely ready to go in games is more important than an open scrimmage on a random afternoon.

5, The Flush: Did not play. Brown struggled in the scrimmage last week. He looked incredibly nervous. Not sure why he didn't participate, but I don't believe it's a big deal. He was moving around fine and shooting during breaks.

10, Bullnuts: For every good thing he does, there's another one or two things the coaches get after him about. It's interesting. Maurice is not a very demonstrative kid. He doesn't talk much or show much emotion on the court. He's athletic, but very raw. Once it clicks, and it will take a little bit, he could be a nice little complementary piece to this team. He takes coaching pretty well and attempts to run it all correctly on the next possession.

12, Gruntley: Much like I wrote last week, he's a good, physical practice player.

13, Festus: This is the first time I saw the juco walk-on, and it was certainly intriguing. He was pretty active defensively and got his hands up in the passing lanes a lot, and he made a sweet pass over the top of the defense to Big Meat for a quarter-winning score. You can tell he gets after it in practice.

14, Hopper: After being sidelined last week, the senior guard played in this one and really looked pretty good. The game looks slower for Edwards and he's able to see the floor a little better to throw pass and, most importantly, drive. He also finished at the rim a couple of times while also drawing the foul. Yes, it was one scrimmage, but everything I have heard indicates Edwards has elevated his game. The scrimmage proved that to be accurate at the moment. He looked better.

15, xWhomper: Did not play, and did not expect him to play. He's just getting back into shape still.

23, Hollywoods: Not the greatest outing for the freshman in this one. He was pretty fluid and looked very athletic and pretty active in the first one, and looked a little lost in the second scrimmage. He did, however, make an impressive floater over Big Meat in transition. He's another player that's pretty raw and it will take some time for him to get his game up to speed, especially the mental aspect of it.

24, Hunch: Had a nice dunk in transition. He also read a screen really well, slipped it, and got a backdoor layup. It's impressive the local product has put on the muscle he has since being on campus. He played and guarded both wings and big men, which helps having the versatility in practice while he redshirts.

25, Westicles: The senior spent most of the time running the point against Stokes, which turned out to be a pretty solid matchup. Westicles looks pretty comfortable with the ball in his hands. Sometimes he dribbles too much or tries to do too much when he gets ball screens, but at least that area is improved. He definitely looks better than he did a year ago. He hurt his arm on the rim after a dunk, but he should be fine. Wouldn't we all like to say that is even possible??

32, Claws: The kid is talented, but he's adjusting. This was the first time I had seen Wade play since he's been at K-State and there are some flashes there. He has a nice touch from mid range and can be active on the glass and handle it a little. He also finishes above the rim. He just really is adjusting to this level of basketball. I don't think there's any doubt it will click and he will be a big part for this team for years to come, and perhaps a lot even this year, but the hope I'm sure for the staff is that it happens sooner rather than later.

33, Vulture: He didn't standout, and he wasn't bad. It was just a typical, solid overall performance. He plays hard and is really active on the defensive end, which could be very important for this team. I like that role for him way more than him running the point, which was very minimal in this one.

35, Hot Horndogs: Once again, Budke made some plays and hit some shots. He comes to play each time he's on the court. Tough kid, too. He can knock down some shots and makes smart decisions. He also missed an open layup. The good outweighs the bad when he's on the court, though. I would take that over going through the motions constantly.

41, Big Meat: I can't say I was overly impressed, but thinking back, he really didn't do anything that wrong. He has better spacing and court awareness than a year ago. Sometimes the big man should be more selfish. When he has an open look, he needs to take it. He is running the floor well, too.

Now, here's the thing. I know people always ask me for a starting five, and I hate doing it, but what the heck. I haven't seen the team at full strength yet, so here goes nothing...

1: Deathbite. Why? He's not only the healthiest of the two point guards, but I like where he's at right now. He sees the floor well and plays better when the older guys are on the floor next to him.

2: Hopper. Why? Experience. He has played in games and provides stability on both ends to start the season. Add that to his improvement to his game and body and it's an easy fit that the senior is in the lineup.

3: Westicles. Why? Why not? He's started since his freshman year and he's likely the best overall player on the team.

4: Claws. Why? Knock the cob webs off and see what the kid can do. He might struggle a little bit, especially early, but it's the logical fit at the position right now for what Weber's motion offense is looking for.

5: Big Meat. Why? He's the healthiest big man and has played well enough to earn this right now. I also thinks he is better suited starting the season so he can get the feel for the games earlier.


Kansas State Football / Re: OU RB Joe Mixon meets with police
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:21:26 PM »
He had the right to stand his ground.

I am pretty sure that legally speaking, he could have shot her and still been within his rights.

Kansas State Basketball / Re: What a guy our old FRANK is!
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:02:19 AM »
I think it would be awesome if John Currie would adjust my tie.  It would show how much he cares about me.   :blush:

Kansas State Football / Re: Football Recruiting Thread
« on: October 13, 2013, 05:51:35 PM »
Also we need him to see a dentist

"Growing up in Scott City, Kan."  Lots of fluoride in the water out there

Kansas State Basketball / Re: No JamSam
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:47:01 AM »
shorty packed the wrong goggles

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