Kansas State and Kansas will each make morning appearances on national television during the first three weeks of the college football season, the Big 12 revealed Thursday when it released the league’s early-season TV selections.
K-State will play host to Mississippi State at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 in a game that will air on ESPN. The Wildcats and Bulldogs haven’t met in football since 1977 when the Bulldogs won 24-21 but later forfeited the game due to use of an ineligible player, leaving the series tied a one game apiece.
KU will welcome Rutgers at 11 a.m. Sept. 15, a matchup that will be televised on Fox Sports Net. K-State also will make an FSN appearance that day, hosting UTSA at 3 p.m. following the conclusion of the KU-Rutgers contest.
KU also will play Texas at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 on Fox Sports 1.
The full televised Big 12 schedule for the first three weeks of the 2018 campaign is as follows:
Thursday, Aug. 30 — Missouri State at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m., FS1.
Saturday, Sept. 1 — Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma, 11 a.m., FOX; Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech at Houston, 11 a.m., ESPN.
Saturday, Sept. 8 — Mississippi State at Kansas State, 11 a.m., ESPN; UCLA at Oklahoma, noon, FOX.
Saturday, Sept. 15 — Rutgers at Kansas, 11 a.m., FSN; Oklahoma at Iowa State, 11 a.m., ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU; Boise State at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU; Duke at Baylor, 2:30 p.m., FS1; UTSA at Kansas State, 3 p.m., FSN; Houston at Texas Tech, 3 p.m., FOX; Ohio State vs. TCU at Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m., ABC; USC at Texas, 7 p.m., FOX.
Just Doking around
Brett Ballard didn’t let statistics get in the way of a good social media post to a fellow Jayhawk.
Ballard, the former Kansas guard and current Washburn coach, used Twitter on Thursday to send a tongue-in-cheek letter to KU center Udoka Azubuike, who announced Wednesday that he was withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and returning to Lawrence for his junior season.
Ballard tweeted: “Dear Udoka, excited about you returning to KU, but if you want to get that FG% up a bit, might I suggest a transfer to Washburn (see exhibit A below). However if you don’t transfer I would suggest sitting out our exh game on Nov 1st & just kind of easing into the season!”
Exhibit A that Ballard referenced was a picture of a plaque commemorating former WU star Brady Skeens, who was crowned an NCAA statistical champion as a senior this past season when he led Division II with a field goal percentage of 72.4 percent.
Just one problem: Azubuike actually was more accurate from the field last year than Skeens. KU’s 7-foot Nigerian hit 211 of 274 field-goal attempts for a 77-percent clip.
Although neither Ballard suggestion is likely to be heeded by Azubuike, the post was useful in that it revealed the date of the exhibition. So mark your calendars, KU and WU fans.
SW Baptist leaving MIAA
This upcoming sports year will be Southwest Baptist’s last in the MIAA.
The NCAA Division II conference announced Thursday that Southwest Baptist has formally withdrawn from the MIAA and accepted an invitation to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference beginning Aug. 1, 2019.
“We are disappointed to see Southwest Baptist leave the MIAA,” league commissioner Mike Racy said in a news release. “They have been an outstanding representative of our conference since they joined the MIAA in 1986. We appreciate that SBU leadership has kept the conference informed about their membership study this past year, and we support SBU’s efforts to do what they believe is best for their programs and student-athletes. We wish them well and much success in the GLVC.”
The MIAA currently features 13 schools with member institutions in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Kansas schools include Washburn, Emporia State, Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State.