Slate: A look back, a look forward

Not much real news on the eve of the holiday season.

By now, you’re probably all done with your holiday shopping, and are just settling in for a few days of relaxation (or not!) with your families. That makes this the perfect day for links and things at BotC.

For your purple-themed holiday perusal:

  • The rest is history. Three former Wildcats—Michael Smith, Al Jones, and Frank Hernandez—reminisce about Bill Snyder’s first season at Kansas State, and how they knew right away that things were going to change (Justin Toscano, Manhattan Mercury)
  • Thanks for the ride. Andre Coleman, most recently the offensive coordinator at Kansas State, formally announced his departure from the program. It’s not clear where his final landing spot will be, but with his resumé, it shouldn’t take long for Coleman to find another gig.
  • The press box is giddy. A regime change at Kansas State has also meant increased access for the beat writers, reporters, and others who cover the program. Klieman has been forthcoming with his answers and his assistants have been made available to the media. In addition, Kansas State’s own social media has really ramped up since the announcement of Klieman as the new head coach (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).
  • Lockdown. The genesis of the stifling defense Kansas State played against Vanderbilt was a team meeting in 2015. At that meeting, Barry Brown, Jr. decided to take on the mantle of lockdown defender, and has been just that ever since.
  • Rest in peace. Fatima Smith, the mother of former Wildcat Michael Beasley, passed away after a long battle with cancer. We send our thoughts and deepest condolences to Beasley and his family.

From elsewhere in the world of college sports:

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good afternoon!

Source: Bring on the Cats