Plus McGuirl elects to return and some Wildcats pick up awards.
Oops, sorry, we missed you on Wednesday (no refunds, but that just means your Thursday Slate is extra loaded.
We start things off today with the big news from yesterday. As announced by K-State President Richard Myers and the Kansas State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors, K-State Athletic Director Gene Taylor has received a contract extension and a raise. Taylor was originally hired in 2017 with a $450k salary an contract that called for regular raises of $50k per year, and this new contract, which extends Taylor through June 30th, 2027 bumps his 2021-22 salary from the schedule $650k up to $925k, and includes retention and performance bonuses.
Mike McGuirl is coming back to K-State for his free season, marking the first bit of positive news for a program that has seen three true-scholarship players enter the transfer portal already this offseason.
K-State stud sophomore Ayoka Lee continues to pile up honors, as she was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region 3 team and is a finalist for All-America honors from the WBCA. Lee is one of 52 finalists and is one of eight from the Big 12 Conference.
After another strong showing in their 4-set win over Creighton, K-State freshman Aliyah Carter earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on top of her second-straight honor as Big 12 Rookie of the Week.
Joe Klanderman is starting to feel pretty good about this group of K-State defenders, including very positive reviews on the group of transfers into the program as well some of the position switches made in the offseason.
The BatCats started strong, and opened an early 1-0 lead, but it was all Wichita State after that as the Shockers put up three runs in the third, and two more in the eighth to send K-State home with a 5-1 loss. The loss drops the Wildcats to 13-7 on the season. No rest for the weary though, as K-State starts Big 12 action this weekend with a trip to Stillwater to face an Oklahoma State team that is undefeated in their basically brand-new stadium.
On a positive note, K-State baseball’s social media person/squad is killing it right now, and got rave reviews earlier this week from a mashup video of highlights from Sunday’s win over New Mexico with another viral video with a funny description of the game of baseball.