Look out: K-State's Snyder's winking at the cupcakes again

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During his first time around as head coach at Kansas State, Bill Snyder was famous — or infamous, if you will — for littering the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule with the likes of Tennessee Tech and UMass and Black River (OH) High School.  

In June, however, Snyder seemed to indicate his football program would look to abandon the creampuff diet of the past and embrace a strong non-conference slate with a nine-game conference schedule looming on the horizon.

“People are going to realize that strength of schedule is going to be dynamically different than what it has been,” Snyder said. “It will be a strong conference, as strong a conference as you will find anywhere. There are pluses and minuses to that. Some will prosper, and some will not.”

Apparently, the reality of an additional conference game has set in and forced Snyder and/or the KSU athletic department to once again cast a wandering eye or two toward the dessert tray.

In a letter posted to fans on their website as relayed by the Lincoln Journal Star, Kansas State announced that their 2011 opener and 2012 game with Oregon have been called off.  The Oregonian writes that the game was canceled after Snyder said he wanted to rework his non-conference schedule.

Those cupcakes are just… so… scrumptious, taunting you with all of their sugary sexiness.

There was no word on just which school Kansas State will look to replace Oregon with, only that, according to athletic director John Currie, he is “confident we will reach our goal of having seven home games in 2011.”

Hello, Louisiana-Lafayette, you sweet thing you.

Oregon, on the other hand, seems to already have an angle on a replacement for at least the 2011 opener; UO spokesman David Williford told The Oregonian that a match-up with LSU “is certainly in the works.”

There’s a good chance the Oregon-LSU game, if agreed upon, would take place at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”