Welcome to the Wildcat Weekly Wrap (WWW). It was a busy week in the world of college sports so let’s get right to it…
In major college football news, the university presidents agreed upon a new college football playoff! The four-team format will effectively kill the BCS as it exists today but will still utilized the BCS bowl games and two additional bowls yet to be determined. The news was met with mixed reaction from football conferences and fans alike, with many fans (myself included) still dreaming of a larger playoff with 8 or more teams. Most agree that the new format is at least a step in the right direction.
June 30th marks the final day of the Big XII as we know it. I posted my first feature article this week: The Big XII is Better Without Missouri and Texas A&M. The story is a data-driven argument as to why the Big XII actually improves from a competitive standpoint with the loss of Tiger and Aggies- two teams that have historically been in the bottom half of the league standing and performed well below average on the nation stage.
K-State national champion high-jumper Erik Kynard competed this week in the US Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. Long story short: Erik’s represent’n!
In basketball news, it was announced that K-State will play perennial power Gonzaga on December 15, 2012 in the annual State Farm Battle in Seattle. The game marks the third meeting between the two schools and the second in the last three seasons. Gonzaga has posted 15 consecutive 20-win seasons so the opportunity presents itself for K-State to pick up a valuable marquee non-conference victory.
Finally, Dean Jameson provided a progress update on former Wildcats who are currently making their living playing baseball. This week’s installment of K-State Baseball in the Pros focused on triple-A prospects Carlos Torres and Jared Goedert.