As expected, head coach Bill Snyder will headline the Kansas State portion of the 2015 Big 12 Football Media Days, to be held July 20-21 in Dallas, Texas.
Big 12 expansion will be the major topic of this latest installment of football media days. As much as the conference tries to move past the Baylor-TCU controversy of the 2014 College Football Playoff, there’s many who wonder if the potential for a repeat exists in 2015. The Big 12 remains short of the twelve teams required to hold a conference championship game and all media members want to know is when should the conference expand and what schools should be added?
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Bill Snyder publicized his desire to see a return of the Big 12 Championship game during a string of interviews that followed his election to the College Football Hall of Fame. The Kansas State head coach has seen plenty of Big 12 Media Days during his tenure but shouldn’t expect any breaks this time around. As usual, Snyder will be littered with questions about his eventual retirement and a potential successor. We anticipate questions regarding life in Manhattan in the post-Tyler Lockett era and what players are expected to step up and fill the dynamic void . There’s many questions surrounding the Kansas State quarterback situation for 2015 and we’d like to hear Snyder speak a little bit of his four player commitments for 2016.
Left tackle Cody Whitehair, cornerback Morgan Burns, and safety Dante Barnett are the senior players who will accompany Bill Snyder in Dallas. A two-time All-Big 12 offensive lineman, Cody Whitehair enters his final season with 38 collegiate starts and experience playing both positions on the right side of the offensive line. Morgan Burns comes off a season in which he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors and was recently referred to as “one of the most underrated defenders coming back,” by Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. Dante Barnett is also poised for a big senior season as the acting leader in tackles (176) at Kansas State and a 2015 team captain.
The annual media days event is hosted by the Big 12 prior to each football and men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Interestingly enough, Kansas State is the only school that will not feature an offensive skill position player during this year’s football festivities.