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 a couple pieces of Collin Klein news, as well as some interesting quick hits from the various corners of K-statedom.
Many continue to express doubt regarding KSU’s ability to replicate the success of the 2011 season. Yet even as nearly every major media outlet (The Sporting News excepted) expresses this skepticism, Collin Klein continues to rack up preseason accolades. This time, his name has been placed on the Unitas Golden Arm watch list. It’s interesting how so many media outlets (it’s gotten so bad that I don’t even put each new poll disrespecting KSU in the Hub) can rank KSU last of the Big 12 teams in their polls, yet those who are responsible for putting together these watchlists have placed multiple K-Staters on the lists.
Of Collin Klein in particular, the aforementioned Sporting News put it best. That magazine described him as “having flaws” but also possessing a burning “will to win.” In my view, those same descriptors can be applied to the team as a whole. Doubt them at your peril.
Now for some quick hits:
- The Cats volleyball team has garnered some preseason accolades of their own. Three of Coach Fritz’s players have been named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, and yesterday, the league’s coaches put KSU at #3 in their preseason poll.
- Coach Deb Patterson’s women’s basketball team released their schedule for the 2012-13 season.
- Lots of nice things have been written and said about Erik Kynard. Here are two: first, a great piece by JOS’s own Brady Bauman, written as part of his “day job” for the Manhattan Mercury; and a K-State Sports Extra piece which has a very interesting quote from K-State track coach, Cliff Rovelto, about Erik’s performance at the Olympics.
- Speaking of Brady, there will be no edition of “Bill Snyder Laughed SO Hard…” this week. It will return in its regularly scheduled Thursday time slot next week.
- Brad Hill’s BatCats signed a high school pitching recruit out of the state of Washington yesterday, after watching him compete in a tournament here in Kansas.
That’s all for today, except for–of course–the traditional Kietzman Coda, and a few stories that you’ll probably like to read, if you missed them the first time around.
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: