In the 1970s and ’80s, Kansas State students often greeted the rival Kansas Jayhawks by tossing chickens at them during pregame introductions.
Needless to say, that tradition – which basically died with the opening of Bramlage Coliseum in 1988-89 – would be frowned upon by today’s K-State officials. The current administration prefers proper, not poultry. It wants no part of the bird, not the one that comes from a farm hand nor the one that comes from a fan’s hand.
With these administrators, fair is fair and fowl is foul.
...In other words, no offensive chants. No court stormings. No opponent bumpings. No disrespect of any kind. No, absolutely none of that.
When did the Sunflower Showdown become the Sunflower Show of Respect? Better yet, why did it become that?
Before Kansas State students can pick up their tickets to home sporting events this year, they have to sign a sportsmanship pledge in which they promise to “refrain from using profanity and inappropriate chants” and to “show respect for all participating student-athletes, coaches, fans and officials.”
Any student found in violation of the sportsmanship pledge risks punishment from the school, including being removed from games and having their tickets taken away for the remainder of the athletic year.
…Question is, how seriously will K-State enforce the sportsmanship pledge? When a student, or group of students, curses during a game, will they really be banned from football games for the remainder or the year? Will they be issued a warning? What if the entire student section chants something inappropriate?
The answer is to be determined.
3. Who do you have on upset watch this weekend?
Medcalf: Kansas State is still mad about Brannen Greene's dunk in the final seconds in the first game, and the Wildcats, who beat Oklahoma in Manhattan this season, have defeated Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum the past two seasons. Weird stuff happens in this rivalry.
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There are definitely reasons to like Kansas State’s chances against KU on Saturday.
Though K-State’s biggest weakness is scoring, it was able to offensive rebound effectively against KU in the first matchup, and it also shouldn’t face the same defensive pressure it went against at Allen Fieldhouse.
Whistles also will be a factor. Though K-State didn’t get many calls in Game 1, it’s likely to get to the free-throw line often Saturday, especially against a KU team that has been foul prone.
Defensively, it’s a bit risky for K-State to dare the second-best three-point shooting team in the nation to shoot, but Weber’s teams have historically limited KU defensively when playing at Bramlage.
In the end, KU has been playing better as of late, and I like its chances of making outside shots better than I like K-State’s odds of forcing misses. The Wildcats should get free throws often, but with an average shooting performance, I think the Jayhawks will be good enough offensively to get a close win.
Kansas 69, Kansas State 67
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OSU's official attendance number through 13 home games: 6,026.
That's a number based on tickets sold, not people in seats. As the Cowboys play out the end of a disappointing season, a crowd of 6,026 would be surprisingly good. In the Big 12, it ranks ninth among 10 teams, better only than TCU.
With Texas Tech in town for an unwelcome 8:30 p.m. tip Saturday, the average could drop.
…So, what has happened to the OSU basketball fan?
There are the peripheral factors: the modern excess of entertainment options; the draw of video streaming and social media, creating a disconnect toward sports among students; the pull of the Thunder.
There are tangible items, notably a perception of inflated season ticket prices.
There's the rise of OSU football, competing for fan attention and dollars.
And there's concern for the direction of the program, which is winless in the NCAA Tournament since 2009 under coach Travis Ford.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday in which two former University of North Carolina athletes alleged the school failed to provide them and other athletes a quality education by directing them toward sham classes.
Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin sided with arguments from attorneys representing UNC-Chapel Hill. They said both the statute of limitations and sovereign immunity prevented former football player James Arnold and former basketball player Leah Metcalf from pursuing their case.
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