SLATE: New class for the soccer ring of honor

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The Kansas State Football Program has announced the newest members of the football “Ring of Honor,” and the Class of 2022 includes six former K-State greats. Four members of the class come from teams that have won a Big 12 championship, including Ell Roberson (2000-03), who led the Wildcats to the Big 12 title in 2003 and the “best OU team in history” at Arrowhead and one Fiesta Bowl defeated Berth. Current NFL All-Pro and former All-American wide receiver Tyler Lockett (2011-14), All-American linebacker Arthur Brown (2011-12), and Hesiman Trophy finalist and current K-State offensive coordinator Collin Klein (2009- 12) are from the group that won the Big 12 title in 2012. Darren Howard (1996-99) is finally earning his place in the ring, and Larry Brown (1967-68), who wasn’t among the elite at K-State but won the 1972 NFL MVP award and was a three-time All-Pro running back for Washington redskins football team Commanders, round out the class. Brown has already been in the Washington ring of honor and it’s great to see that he’s finally being honored in K-State.

Let’s see how long it takes Nick Leckey to see his name at the stadium.

Adrian Martinez is finally fully healed and the Wildcats are finally getting the full throwing experience from the senior transfer in Year 5. His receivers are raving about his arm and his command of the stretches, and are excited about what that means for the K-State offense next season.

Big news from the NCAA yesterday when the initial 25 count limit that restricted programs to signing 25 new players per year was lifted for the next two years. For FBS programs, this means that each program can now sign as many players as possible, up to the total stipend of 85 scholarships. This should help K-State by allowing the Wildcats to refill the roster without having to get creative with counters (like blueshirts counting to next year). Unfortunately, this will also help the KU a lot, which has been struggling to even reach 75 scholarship holders for a decade.

Regardless of the counters, Coach Klieman thinks the entire calendar needs an overhaul, particularly as far as the transfer portal is concerned. If Klieman had his way, there would be a specific and concise calendar for the portal, aiming to clarify schedules for both athletes and programs.

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The BatCats still ride the battle bus on the streets against teams with a pulse. To be fair, Virginia Tech is currently expected to host an NCAA Regional and is a top-5/10 team, so they’re pretty good, but the Wildcats struggled to get the offense rolling and gave up early runs towards an 8- on. 2 loss in Blacksburg, VA on Tuesday. The Cats were 5-0 down heading into the fourth inning, where they finally closed the gap thanks to a two-run homer from Dom Johnson, but the Hokies came right back with two more runs down the frame, and the Wildcats never really challenged again. With the loss, the Cats drop to 27-24 in the season and need a streak win in West Virginia this weekend to add up to 30 wins before the Big 12 tournament begins next Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Speaking of West Virginia, the Cats and Mountaineers disagree Friday Thursday (today @ 5:30 p.m. CDT), Saturday Friday (5:30 p.m. CDT) and Sunday Saturday (11:00 a.m. CDT) in Morgantown, with K-State looking for its first Road Conference series win of the season and only its second Road Series win overall since picking up two of three from Loyola Marymount in early March. The Mountaineers currently sit 6th in the Big 12 standings, just one spot ahead of the Cats. So this will be a strong final test of whether or not the Wildcats should actually be considered for an NCAA postseason bid. At this point, it takes a Morgantown streak to have any chance (besides winning the Big 12 tournament). All games can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, or you can listen to the K-State broadcast online or in MHK over-the-air on KMAN.

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The Wildcats couldn’t handle the excitement of their first postseason trip in several years and finished 9th at the Norman Regional, failing to climb the rankings to make the five-team cut to advance to the National Tournament. Tim Tillmanns was the leader for K-State this week, finishing 14th with 2-under-214 after carding a 1-over-73 final round. The junior’s performance was highlighted by a 5-under-67 second round, which was the lowest round by a wildcat in K-State’s NCAA postseason history.

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Another year, another new goaltending coach for Mike Dibbini and the Wildcats football team. Dibbini has announced the signing of Matt Smith to replace David Romay, who is moving across the pond to coach Cardiff City FC’s women. Smith comes to K-State after spending the last five seasons as a staffer at Baylor and becoming available after the staff overhaul at Waco. Smith helped coach Bears goaltender Jennifer Wandt when she became the overall director of the career shutouts program.

Miscellaneous

For the third consecutive season, the K-State Athletics Communications Office received the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Super 11 Award. It is also the fourth time since 2015 that Wildcats staff have received the award, which is based on media accessibility, relationships and media operations and has been presented to FBS sports information staff each year since the conclusion of the 2009 season.

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