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Kansas State Ring of Honor Member Gary Spani

Gary Spani was part of the inaugural class of the Kansas State football ring of honor in 2002.  Spani was born in Santana, Kansas but was raised in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School in 1974.  He was a dominant player not only at K-State but in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs as well.... "Arguably the greatest football player in Kansas State University history" ...College Football Hall of Fame website JM:  Spani was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the excerpt above is the first sentence of his Hall of Fame write-up.  Could he be considered the greatest football player in K-State history?  At first, I thought "no way," but as I looked into the numbers and his many accolades, it would be hard to make an argument that he is not. "Gary Spani dominated the defensive side of the ball and is the first player from the school to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame." ...College Football Hall of Fame we

Top Five K-State Non-Conference Games

Kansas State is playing Stanford in the college football Kickoff Classic in Dallas, Texas on September 4, 2021.  This is an important game for both teams and it reminds me of some similar "kickoff" games that K-State has played in the past.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the biggest regular-season non-conference victories that Kansas State has had in the past.  I narrowed it down to the top five.  Enjoy! 5)   Kansas State 10 USC 6, September 8, 2001, Los Angeles, CA K-State signed to play a two-game series with USC when Paul Hackett was the head coach of the Trojans.  Hackett was fired after the 2000 season and Pete Carroll was hired to replace him.  The 2001 game was the second game Carroll coached at USC.  K-State was ranked number 12 in the country at the time and quarterback Ell Roberson made his first career start.  Carson Palmer was USC's starting quarterback.    I remember this game being rather boring and K-State running the ball a lot. 

College Football Playoff Expansion Idea

Within the last couple of months, college football playoff expansion has once again been a hot topic.  In late April, the College Football Playoff management committee was presented with "some 63 possibilities for change," with options including from six to 16 teams.  Within the last week, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has made comments that the committee is considering expansion, but that nothing has been finalized. Late last night, Pete Thamel of YahooSports wrote that multiple sources have told him that a 12-team playoff model is leading the way and is the most likely course moving forward. I believe playoff expansion is inevitable to at least eight teams and maybe eventually 16 teams.  There have been a lot of formats suggested, some that I agree would work and some that I do not think would work.  I recently received a playoff scenario from a friend of mine, Mark Mendenhall, (I told him I'd give him credit) that I think is at least intriguing and one that I haven&#

From The Couch - Kansas State Ring of Honor Member Sean Snyder

  Sean Snyder was a member of the inaugural class of the K-State football ring of honor in 2002.  He was also inducted into the K-State athletics hall of fame in 2016. Here's a little bit of information I found about his career as a football player and as a coach. "Born Sept. 21, 1969 in Anaheim , Calif.." JM:  Sean was born when his Dad, Bill Snyder, was coaching at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. "Earned first-team all-area and second-team all-district honors as a punter and kicker at Greenville ( Texas ) High School... In a game against Garland , he kicked field goals of 45 and 37 yards, and added two punts of over 50 yards... Also played baseball." JM:  Bill was the offensive coordinator at Iowa when Sean graduated from high school and Iowa recruited Sean. He punted at Iowa in 1989 before transferring to K-State when Bill was hired as head coach in Manhattan. "A Consensus 1992 First Team

Top 5 Big 12 Games 2015 to 2020

From 2015 to 2020, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, and Texas all had teams ranked in the top six in the country at some point during those years.   They entertained us with some great games.  Once again it was very hard to narrow down the top games of this time period.  Whether you agree or disagree, I hope you enjoy taking a look back at some of the best Big 12 games of the last six years. Oklahoma 62 Oklahoma State 52 November 4, 2017  Number 11 Oklahoma State hosted number five Oklahoma in this classic game.  Both teams entered the game with one loss, meaning the winner of this game had the upper hand to finish first in the conference.   Oklahoma State had the ball in Oklahoma territory down 55-52 with under two minutes left in the game, but turned the ball over on downs. For Oklahoma, quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 598 yards and five touchdowns, running back Rodney Anderson rushed for 111 yards, receiver Marquise Brown had 265 yards and a tou

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