Collin Klein

Kansas State joins the network party with K-StateHD.TV


It’s nowhere near the magnitude of the Longhorn Network, but another Big 12 member has answered the challenge of the oft-spewed, yet incredibly shallow, argument of “if you don’t like it, why don’t you start your own network?”

Launching Aug. 30 will be K-StateHD.TV, the digital third-tier broadcasting network for all things Kansas State. High definition programming will include home games not broadcast by Big 12 TV partners, academic spotlights, game replays, original programming and the like.

The network, however, will only broadcast one football game — the Wildcats’ barnburner of an opener against Eastern Kentucky — and likely no men’s basketball games.

K-StateHD.TV is really an extension of a service provided by K-State’s athletic website provider, CBS College Network. Any broadcasts over the subscription-based network will also be streaming online.

In a related story, a source very close to the situation has informed us late last night that preliminary talks have begun between Kansas and the Big East because of the Jayhawks’ unimaginable frustration over the network.

Compared to the LHN, this is obviously a modest upgrade for K-State, but there are really only a handful of programs who could dive head first into the conference network pool of money. The Wildcats are dipping their toe.

(Specifics courtesy of the Kansas City Star and Associated Press)

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.