Welcome to our humble abode. Pull up a seat and grab a glass for a sip from today’s Jug of News. Hit the jump for shocking recruiting news that could affect this season’s football team, Pres. Schulz receiving a prestigious appointment, and more.
First, the ugly truth: K-State’s football coaching staff is not chock full of good recruiters. Each year, we prize every 4-star commit as most BCS schools prize their 5-stars. And 5-star recruits heading to K-State are rare as a clear photograph of Bigfoot. With that background, the news yesterday that KSU’s one 4-star from the 2012 recruiting class–wide receiver Marquez Clark–had failed an online junior college English class (!!!) broke across Purple Nation like tsunami. I posted a fairly extensive piece on what happened and what it all means for K-State football.
Changing gears, here are a couple of “brighter note” stories. The K-State men’s basketball team—currently busy preparing for their trip to Brazil—will make two appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday. Given that this has the potential to be a truly special season for the men’s team, this could be a chance to showcase just how far the program has advanced, even outside the shadow of the previous coaching staff. And turning to track, two things: ten members of Cliff Rovelto’s track program were named Academic All-Americans; and the Olympics get underway in just a couple of days now, featuring a favorite K-Stater in high jumper Erik Kynard.
Finally, President Schulz has been appointed to a 4-year term on the NCAA’s prestigious Board of Directors. This is a mark of respect for both Pres. Schulz in particular, as well as the university as a whole.
P.S. Keep an eye out for Brady Bauman’s latest “Bill Snyder Laughed SO Hard…” column, which will post this morning at 7:00.
CODA: Kevin Kietzman–and his son, Spencer–are lying liars, who tried to convince people that former K-State great Jacob Pullen is a serial criminal. Just keeping that little tidbit front-of-mind, in hopes that people will pressure them both into issuing a full retraction and an apology.
Some older stories, in case you missed them: