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From The Couch - K-State Ring Of Honor Member Jaime Mendez

K-State great Jaime Mendez was inducted into K-State's Ring of Honor in 2002 as part of the inaugural class with Lynn Dickey, Steve Grogan, Sean Snyder, Gary Spani, and Veryl Switzer.  Mendez is also a member of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.  He still holds the K-State record for interceptions in a game (4) and career (15). There is not a lot of information out there about Jaime Mendez, but here are some interesting tidbits that I found.... "Jaime Mendez became Kansas State’s first defensive consensus All-American under Bill Snyder in 1993. Playing safety, Mendez was a three-time All-Big Eight player who helped the Wildcats to their first bowl in the Snyder era. He came to K-State from Youngstown, Ohio." ...Wichita Eagle, June 8, 2016." JM:  Jaime Mendez was the unquestioned leader of the K-State defense during the early Snyder years.  Punter Sean Snyder was a consensus All-American in 1992. Having back-to-back consensus Al

Top Five Big 12 Games 2010 to 2014

The five years from 2010 to 2014 were not only entertaining on the field, but conference realignment affected the Big 12 conference in a big way.  2010 was the last year that all of the original Big 12 teams played in the conference.  Nebraska and Colorado left after the 2010 season and Missouri and Texas A&M played their final Big 12 schedules in 2011.  TCU and West Virginia joined and began playing in the league in 2012, which is the configuration that remains to this day. Kansas State, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State all had teams ranked in the top five in the country while playing for the Big 12 during these years.  I hope you enjoy a look back at some of the top Big 12 games from 2010 to 2014. TCU at Baylor, October 11, 2014 Number five Baylor hosted number nine TCU in Waco in this classic game.  Baylor kicker Chris Callahan kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Baylor the 61-58 victory.  TCU had a 58-37 lead in the 4th quarter, but Baylo

Top Five Big 12 Games From 2005-2009

The Big 12 produced some classic football games from 2005 to 2009. Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma were all ranked in the top five in the country at some point during those five years.  We were entertained with some great games as the league started to transition from a running league to a passing league and yardage records started to fall. Here are some of the top games of the Big 12 from 2005 to 2009. Texas Tech 39 Texas 33, November 1, 2008 The number one ranked and undefeated Texas Longhorns visited the Texas Tech Red Raiders in this "instant classic" game.  Texas Tech prevailed and handed Texas its only loss of the season.   Texas Tech got out to a 19-0 lead, but Texas slowly got back in the game and scored a touchdown with 1:29 left to take a 33-32 lead.  Harrell then drove Texas Tech down to the Texas 28 yard line.  On first down, Texas dropped a sure interception on a deflection.  At this point, there were eight seconds left in the game and Tech had

Top Five Big 12 Games 2000-2004

In the early 2000's it was a great time to be a Big 12 football fan. From 2000-2004, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado all had teams ranked in the top five at some point during those years.  Add to that the fact that Oklahoma won the national championship in 2000, and it's easy to say the Big 12 conference produced some of the best teams, had some of the best games and gave college football fans some of the best moments of the early 2000s.  As a result, coming up with a list of the top Big 12 games from 2000-2004 was a lot of fun. I prioritized games of national significance between ranked teams versus games that didn’t have as many eyes on them.  I came up with the top five games and five "honorable mention."  Hope you enjoy looking back at some of the best Big 12 games from 2000-2004. 2000 Kansas State 29 Nebraska 28 This was a battle for the Big 12 North title, as number four Nebraska visited number 16 Kansas State on a cold 17-degree day

From The Couch - Kansas State Ring Of Honor Member Steve Grogan

  Steve Grogan was inducted as a part of the inaugural class of K-State's Ring of Honor in 2002.  One of the best quarterbacks in Kansas State history had a noteworthy and successful career in high school, college, and the NFL.  I learned quite a bit about the career of Steve Grogan when putting this post together. One of the unanticipated things I learned about him is that he's a quote machine.  There are scads of Steve Grogan interviews archived online and because of that, this post is quite a bit longer than usual.  Hope you enjoy reading and learning a little bit more about K-State great Steve Grogan. "Steve Grogan was active in sports at Ottawa High School and helped led the Cyclones to state championships in basketball and track.  He was a member of National Honor Society and was named Mr. O.H.S." ... , December 2, 2019. JM:  Grogan led Ottawa High School to the Class 3A state championship football game in 1970, losing 21-12 to Emporia.

Top Five Big 12 Games of the 1990s

From the dawn of the Big 12 conference, its football teams have been major players on the national stage and have played some of the most memorable games in college football history.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back and rank the greatest games in conference history.  Instead of listing them all in one article, I decided to do a series of articles and break it up into five-year increments starting with the 1990s.  From 1996 to 1999, Big 12 programs Kansas State, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, and Oklahoma State each finished in the top 25 at least one season, giving the fans some colossal match-ups along the way. This was an interesting and time-consuming exercise.  My list was much longer when I started and the process of elimination was difficult.  I ended up prioritizing games of national significance between ranked teams versus games that didn't have as many eyes on them.  Hope you enjoy this look back at some of the best Big 12 games of the

From The Couch - New Coke, Coke Classic, and The NCAA Transfer Portal

Bruce Weber spoke to the media on Wednesday about the incoming transfers and the upcoming basketball season.  Here are some quotes of note from the presser: "I know a lot of coaches that I'm friends with that I've talked to. I was on the phone with (Missouri coach) Cuonzo Martin yesterday, (Purdue coach) Matt Painter the day before, (Michigan State coach) Tom Izzo last week late in the week. We're all skeptical. I told President Myers last night at the baseball game that I worry about college basketball in the future, and I know change is hard for everybody and change is part of life." ..Bruce Weber, April 28 JM  Weber was responding to a question about the transfer portal and its effect on college basketball. Weber and the coaches he mentioned are not fans of the way college basketball is heading. "I still go back to Coke and Coke Classic. Sometimes people make bad decisions and they have to go back and say, 'What did we do? Did we did we mess this up?

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