“If we don’t break the all-time attendance record, it will be because we didn’t sell standing-room tickets. We have not sold the 500 standing-room tickets we sell for most games because we know our student section will be as packed as it’s ever been with 9,400 students having bought tickets again this year, so we’ve allowed for overflow out of the student section onto the hill.”
John Currie, K-State athletic director, on the expected crowd for tonight’s game against Auburn, CJOnline.com
GH: What area college football fan hasn’t been looking forward to this one? Both teams are undefeated and ranked and both represent everything you either love or hate about college football – the Big 12 and the SEC. Even Kansas fans are rooting for KSU tonight – and that happens about as often as Aoki gets 11 hits in a three-game series. But Auburn will have some local backers as well. Mizzou Nation will be rooting for Auburn and Nick Marshall just as hard as they were rooting against them in last December’s SEC title game. The North and South will go at it again tonight and it should be delightful to watch.
“This is unusual for an SEC team to play (at Kansas State) or anywhere outside the south. That just doesn’t happen.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: Former K-State head coach Ron Prince scheduled this game and I for one am damn glad he did. Read on.
“When we talk about being a model intercollegiate athletics program, we talk about world-class student-athlete experience. And the opportunity to play in a game like this on your home field is part of a world-class student-athlete experience, and I know that our student-athletes are excited about it.”
John Currie, CJOnline.com
GH: All the more reason to do it more often. Bill Snyder has been the poster icon for making easy non-con schedules allow your team to build 10- and 11-win seasons. His formula has been copied by almost every big program in the country. But games like this one tonight are so special they should be sought out rather than shunned. ESPN’s vast audience will get to experience the magic that Snyder has brought to Manhattan, Kansas. How is that a bad thing, Coach?
“These SEC fans are nuts. They only play with certain (school logoed) golf balls. I’m hoping we wipe the field with them. The place is going to be electric. It’s going to be incredible. I’m eager to see what our team does against supposedly the best conference in the land.”
Ryan Lilja, former K-State player, on his Wildcats taking on Auburn Thursday night in Manhattan, 610 AM
GH: I have heard many stories of SEC fans traveling to Missouri the past two seasons and how underwhelmed they have been with the football facilities in Columbia. K-State is going to have their best suit on for the War Eagles tonight with their recent stadium renovations. It will be interesting to hear how Auburn fans enjoy their Wildcat experience.
“Nick (Marshall) was really excited about Kansas State. (He) loved Coach Snyder, loved the offense. There were a lot of positives for Kansas State. If Coach Snyder could design a quarterback for his offense, the guy would look really, really similar to Nick Marshall.” Matt Miller, Marshall’s football coach at Garden City Community College while the now Auburn QB was being recruited out of junior college, ESPN.com
GH: That same year K-State also offered a scholarship to Jake Waters, the leading passer in junior college. Tonight’s matchup will give the Kansas State fans a chance to compare the two one-time KSU recruits.
“It was clear Snyder really wanted Marshall. He didn’t let up after Waters committed. He didn’t let up after Auburn offered a scholarship. He stayed on Marshall all the way through signing day.”
Greg Ostendorf, writer, ESPN.com
“He’s a great coach. He’s a nice guy, and he’s a man to his word.”
Nick Marshall, on his opinion of Bill Snyder, ESPN.com
“(Coach Bill Snyder) is the most consistent human being I’ve ever been around. He works as hard as any human being I’ve been around except maybe Peyton Manning. God bless him. I hope he never leaves. My biggest concern is what happens after he leaves.”
Ryan Lilja, who won a Big 12 championship at K-State under Snyder and a Super Bowl ring with Manning in Indianapolis, 610 AM
GH: Lilja also shared a story with Carrington Harrison and Danny Parkins about the time he spotted Snyder at the Big 12 basketball tournament here in Kansas City and Snyder didn’t remember him. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little crushed,” recalled Lilja, after saying Snyder did remember him once Lilja told him who he was.
“I think Missouri has played the toughest (non-conference) schedule in the country. I think they are the most underrated team in the country.”
Gary Barnett, on the 18th-ranked Tigers playing South Dakota State, at Toledo and Central Florida before taking on Indiana this Saturday, 810 AM
GH: That’s a decent non-con schedule but look what awaits the Tigers the following three weeks – at South Carolina, Georgia, and at Florida. The SEC is big-boy football, son.
“He spun him around like a rag doll. … They are pinning their ears back. … Missouri brought the house on that blitz.”
Howard Richards, MU football’s radio analyst, Missouri Tiger Radio Network
GH: I listened to much of the second half of Mizzou’s comeback win at Toledo on the radio as I drove back from St. Louis Saturday. Richman spouted off cliché after cliché in about a ten minute span. Up your game a bit Howard and be more original. It might help if you added more detail to your analysis. Listen to a Stan Weber tape and learn how to do it.
“(Maty Mauk) takes some chances but he makes some really big plays. I think he’s really good. Missouri has really impressed me against better competition each week. Boy, if they shore up the Tiger run defense – up the middle especially – they shore that up and this is a solid Missouri football team again it appears.”
Chris Gervino, sideline reporter for Mizzou football, Mizzou Radio Network
GH: That Tiger run defense is what Auburn exposed in the SEC title game last season. But I’m with Gervino on MU looking to be every bit as good as they were last season and maybe better. How fun would it be to have MU and K-State strike up a non-con series?
“I don’t know if (Mauk) is going to be the best quarterback ever at Missouri but he is VERY entertaining. It does get nerve wracking when he takes those chances…but I’ll take it.” Steven St. John, on the red-shirt sophomore out of Kenton, Ohio, 810 AM
GH: Okay. Let’s calm down on Maty Mauk. Yes, he looks like he could be Chase Daniel II – but let’s give him some time to mature before we place him among MU’s elite. Mauk looks to be a great talent who still has much to learn. Watching him get there is the fun part.
“Athletic director Sheahon Zenger has an old-school approach to much of his job, and that includes having a distaste for firing coaches in mid-season and handing the reins to an interim head coach. Normally, such a move is too desperate and disruptive. But if Kansas doesn’t defeat Central Michigan on Saturday, the question becomes one of which is less disruptive, moving an interim head coach into the swanky office or leaving in his chair the coach not reaching his athletes. It’s tough to make a case for the latter.”
Tom Keegan, columnist, on the popular opinion that Charlie Weis’ job depends on the outcome of KU’s game against Central Michigan, KUSports.com
GH: I don’t know how Weis survives this season even if the Jayhawks find a way to beat Central Michigan. The Big 12 schedule doesn’t look like it has a victory on it for KU. Zenger likely has already decided he needs to fire the coach he hired. The only mystery is when to do it. I am almost always of the belief sooner is better than later.
“I’m not the quarterback coach nor the offensive coordinator…”
Charlie Weis, in a press conference this week following KU’s blowout loss at Duke where his quarterback, offense and defense were thumped 41-3 by a proud basketball school, 810 AM
GH: Weis may not have wanted this to sound like he was distancing himself from his QB and assistant coach but that sure is how it sounded to me.
“I was not in favor of hiring Charlie Weis from the beginning. To me this looked like a money grab. ‘I’m bringing all my old buddies with me from the NFL and we’re just going to play out the string. My wife is going to stay in Florida and I get all these millions?’ I always thought this was a money grab.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I don’t have any idea what Weis’ motivation for taking the Kansas job was but I just don’t understand a man’s character who would take the job for the money and then not work hard to produce a winner. A money grab to me means Weis cared only about the paycheck. I think he is just incompetent as a head coach.
“(Montell) Cozart has to play. I’m sure Michael Cummings is a nice guy but he’s not even a Division I quarterback. In this (Duke) game, he couldn’t handle a snap! The read option looked clumsy.”
Danny Clinkscale, on the possibility of Weis benching Cozart, 810 AM
GH: After watching Cozart play at Duke, there are plenty of Kansas fans thinking the former Bishop Miege QB is not even a Division I quarterback.
“Pop the cork Omaha fans — the Storm Chasers have defeated Pawtucket 4-2 and are now back-to-back Triple-A National Champions. The Storm Chasers have won 4 division titles, 4 conference titles, 3 PCL titles & 2 National Championships in 4 seasons at Werner Park.” Lee Warren, @OmahaBaseball, Storm Chasers’ beat writer for SBNation.com, Twitter GH: So what the heck happens once these guys get to Kansas City? Hmmmm…I don’t think it’s the barbecue.
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