The Central Florida-Kansas State game was delayed shortly after kickoff when a menacing front rolled through Manhattan. After the heavens opened up (video after jump), the Wildcats slogged to a 17-13 victory.
Bill Snyder, who had to clean up the mess left by Ron Prince, somehow coaxed six wins out of the outmanned Wildcats in 2009. Snyder is still fighting a big war with a small stick — only seven starters return on offense and six on defense — but never count him out. Kansas State had a chance to win the Big 12 North last Nov. 21, but lost at Nebraska, 17-3. As long as Snyder's around, they'll be more miracles in Manhattan. Thanks to John!
As a run up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed a record 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the year. Until then, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at) gmail.com.
It's Kansas-Kansas State week, and Wildcat fans have again targeted the Topeka Jayhawk Club's billboard on Interstate 70 between Topeka and Manhattan. The message this year is the same as last — EMAW, which stands for Every Man a Wildcat. Thanks to John!
After the jump are images of the billboard after it was defaced in 2008 and 2007.
There's trouble brewing in the Big 12, which has evolved into a league of haves and have-nots.
North Division members Iowa State, Kansas State and Colorado are being left in the financial dust by free-spending Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald breaks it down this way: Texas makes about $7 million for a home game with its stadium capacity of 101,000. Nebraska makes about $4.5 million with its 85,000 seats.
Iowa State, Kansas State and Colorado, each with stadiums seating slightly more than 50,000, bring in about $1.2 million to $1.5 million per home game.
Barfknecht writes: "Multiply that differential by seven games a year, stretch that over four or five years and you can see why Texas has flat-screen TVs in its football complex bathrooms while other schools are happy to find soap and paper towels."
Look what the 'Cats dragged in! Billy Snyder is back in charge in Manhattan after the Wildcats suffered through three forgettable seasons under Ron Prince. Although 15 starters return, this is a roster thin on talent by Snyder standards. Nonetheless, don't be surprised if Snyder works his magic and gets Kansas State into a bowl game. The Wildcats should be favored in five of their first seven games, two of which come against Division I-AA opponents. Here's the hard part: Because Kansas State is playing two I-AA teams (presuming it will beat Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech), the Wildcats will have to win seven games — not six — to become bowl eligible. If it goes 1-1 against the I-AA teams, then Kansas State will only have to win six (NCAA rule). But three of the final five games are at home and it's never wise to bet against a Snyder team playing in Manhattan.
As if the Ron Prince era wasn't disastrous enough, Kansas State could be on the hook for an additional $3.2 million in compensation to its former coach.
Prince, who got a $1.2 million buyout when he was fired last Nov. 5, is scheduled to receive payments beginning in 2015 and ending in 2020 that total $3.2 million. That would bring Prince's total buyout to $4.4 million.
The deal for the additional compensation was signed last Aug. 7 by former athletic director Bob Krause, a pact Kansas State officials said they knew nothing about.
Kansas State has filed a lawsuit to invalidate the contract because it alleges that Prince’s agent/lawyer negotiated directly with Krause and not through the university’s lawyers. University officials contend the "secret" deal is a breach of ethics.