Plus a NCAA Tournament team on the basketball home slate, golf finishes season, rowing looking for more, and some football notes too!
Sorry we missed you yesterday (not that you noticed, you GoT lovers 😛 ) but that just means you get more #content today!
On Tuesday, K-State Athletics announced that Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber has been selected as the head coach for USA Basketball’s U19 World Cup Team that will be competing in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece this summer. Joining him on the staff will be current men’s GA Shane Southwell, who will server as the team’s video coordinator.
Two opponents for the Wildcats 2019-2020 season have been “sourced” by CBS CBB Insider Jon Rothstein (who is rarely wrong). Yesterday, Rothstein reported that K-State will host NCAA Tournament participant North Dakota State to open the 19-20 season. The Bison, who are returning a majority of their roster from 18-19, won their first game of the Big Dance before falling to Duke in the second round.
Then, just this morning, Rothstein dropped that K-State and UNLV have agreed to a home-and-home series with the Runnin’ Rebels hosting in 19-20, and the return trip to Manhattan in 20-21.
Sources: Kansas State and UNLV will begin a home-and-home series next season in Las Vegas. Return game in Manhattan in 20-21.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 16, 2019
Kellis Robinett isn’t going to let us forget about that pesky football team.
On Tuesday, he wrote about the big-picture look at recruiting under new head coach Chris Klieman. And while playing catch-up, Klieman is still pulling is good results (at least on paper) during his first few months in Manhattan.
Wednesday’s story was about one particular area of need for the 2019 football program, and how Klieman replenished K-State’s depleted running back corps in just a few short months.
Austin Trice at the K-State Collegian (i’m going to assume it’s the basketball player, K-State directory search only returns one “Austin Trice”) writes that changes are sweeping through the K-State football program as we head into the summer, and everyone from Athletics staff to current players are excited about what the Wildcats can do under Klieman in 2019.
It wasn’t the ending any of them envisioned, as none of the three Wildcats at the NCAA Athens Regional were able to advance, but at least seniors Jeremy Gandon and Roland Massimino will end their K-State careers as Wildcat legends, and junior Jacob Eklund will have some fuel headed into next season.
Gandon, who was competing in his second-straight NCAA postseason appearance, will depart the Wildcat golf program with his name etched across the K-State record books with a school record stroke average of 72.69 and second all-time in career wins with four. Massimino will join him there after setting the school record for annual stroke average with a 71.33 mark.
The RowCats are not done yet. After sweeping through the Sunflower Showdown, the Wildcats will head to Tennessee this weekend looking to cap a great season with a great finish at the Big 12 Championships. The rowers are confident, feeling stronger than ever, and are riding a big wave of momentum headed into this weekend. The field is always tough, but these Wildcats may just have a chance to do something special this season.
Source: Bring on the Cats