NCF Nation: Kirk Schulz
The school announced the deal pays Snyder $2.75 million for the 2013 season, with annual increases of $100,000 in each season thereafter.
"Coach Snyder's daily drive, focus and energy in continuing to build the K-State football program are truly remarkable and inspirational," athletic director John Currie said in a statement. "While he is not one to focus attention on himself, President (Kirk) Schulz and I felt that it was important to recognize in this very significant way his tremendous leadership and commitment to continuing to lead the K-State football program."
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The Wildcats announced on Monday plans for KStateHD.tv, a high-definition, digital, school network that launches on August 30.
Kansas State's season opener against Eastern Kentucky will be broadcast on the network.
Much of the on-demand programming will be free, but there will be a charge for live athletic events and other premium content. The cost for all-access users is $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year.
"The launching of K-StateHD.TV is a tremendous step for Kansas State University as we continue on our path of becoming a Top 50 public research institution in the country,” university president Kirk Schulz said in a release. "Our athletics and university staff members have been working tirelessly in concert over the past year to prepare for this debut and we are excited to showcase our brand to K-Staters world-wide."
Oklahoma and Missouri have similar online projects, and Texas hopes to monetize its third-tier rights with the Longhorn Network in conjunction with ESPN, which launches on Aug. 26.
Pregame and postgame football shows will be on the K-State network, and the school also intends to exclusively broadcast all volleyball and baseball games, as well as selected HD coverage of other Olympic sports and men's and women's basketball games that are not selected for television.
Students at Kansas State's journalism school will have an opportunity to work for the network, as well.
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Wasn't it the Bangles who sang about "Manic Mondays" way back when?
But Susanna Hoffs can't top these smokin' hot links for the first day of the work week.
Here they are. And you don't even have to put up with a bunch of cheesy VH-1 videos to read them.
- Former Oklahoma quarterback and former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts has pocketed $620,000 over the last five years as a lobbyist for the Bowl Championship Series, Daniel Libit of the political Web site Politico.com reports.
- The Omaha World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht projects Texas and Kansas as his Big 12 divisional favorites coming out of spring practice.
- Kelly Beaton of the Waterloo Courier analyzes the importance of new Iowa State strength coach Yancy McKnight to the Cyclones' program.
- Kansas State still hopes to be able to hire a new athletic director by June 1, incoming president Kirk Schulz told Joshua Kinder of the Manhattan Mercury.
- Oklahoma State recruit Colton Richardson of Ada, Okla., was arrested at his high school and charged with possession of marijuana, the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten reports.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal's Tully Corcoran thought it was a little strange that Sam Keller was the player suing EA Sports and the NCAA in a class-action lawsuit. But the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Michael Cunningham hopes that Keller's suit will lead to college athletes sharing in the wealth that the NCAA makes from marketing them.
- Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh tells the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust about his expectations for the upcoming season.
- Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel weighs in on various Oklahoma football topics, including Justin Chaisson's legal dilemma and the spiraling price of Oklahoma football season tickets and parking.
- Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star writes that Shawn Watson's offensive philosophy provides the best of both worlds. Quarterbacks are trained in an NFL-friendly West Coast passing offense combined with a running offense that encompasses some elements of the spread, including zone reads.
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And then there were three.
Big 12 teams, that is, who will have begun spring practice after Tuesday afternoon (Baylor and Texas are the other two). Oklahoma's practice begins today.
Bob Stoops will be busy trying to rebuild an offensive line that loses four starters and finding a few new receiving threats for Sam Bradford to throw to. It should be an interesting spring around his team over the next several weeks.
Here are some stories around the Big 12 for your lunchtime perusal this afternoon. Enjoy them.
- The Miami Red Hawks are trying to get out of their Sept. 12 game against Colorado in order to play a potentially more lucrative game against Kentucky in Cincinnati, Boulder Daily Camera beat writer Kyle Ringo reports. If the move is made, the Mid-American Conference will work to find a suitable replacement for the Buffaloes that could be Akron, Bowling Green or Toledo.
- The Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner writes that converted Baylor running back Jeremy Sanders can help the Bears at his new position of safety due to his athleticism.
- Oklahoma redshirt freshman linebacker Austin Box was cited by Norman police for urinating in public early Saturday morning, the Tulsa World's John Hoover reports.
- The Kansas City Star reports that Illinois State athletic director Sheahon Zenger, a Kansas State graduate and a former associate athletic director for development at KSU, could emerge as a leading candidate for the vacant athletic director job at his alma mater. The school announced an eight-member search committee that will help KSU president-elect Kirk Schulz find the president, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
- Austin American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden have video breakinf down what they've seen at Texas' first two spring practices.
- Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson's experience in developing quarterbacks in his previous coaching history should be invaluable as he attempts to find a new starter for the Cornhuskers this spring, Lincoln Journal-Star columnist Steve Sipple reports.
- Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler turned down a restructured offer from South Florida coach Jim Leavitt to become a defensive co-coordinator for the Bulls, Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times reports. The Tampa Tribune's Brett McMurphy reported that Ekeler, who had earlier turned down a similar offer to join Leavitt's staff, was offered a co-coordinator position along with Iowa State secondary coach Chris Ash.
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