MANHATTAN — Eastern Kentucky and Kent State will be 2011 non-conference home games for Kansas State's football team, while the Wildcats will travel to Miami (Fla.).
K-State athletic director John Currie said Thursday that both Eastern Kentucky and Kent State will receive money for playing the games without a return visit to their stadiums. He said Eastern Kentucky, a Championship Subdivision opponent, will receive $375,000. Kent State, out of the Mid-American Conference, will receive a larger check, but did not specify the amount.
The Miami game is the first of a two-game, home-and-home series.
The Wildcats' nonconference schedule will consist of three games instead of the four it will play this season because Currie expects the Big 12 to switch to a nine-game conference schedule in 2011 with the departure of Nebraska to the Big Ten. Colorado is also set to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10, but the Buffaloes may not leave until 2012.
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"Whether we have an 11-team league next year or a 10-team league next year remains to be seen," Currie said. "But we're going to have nine conference games. That's what we're anticipating."
With 12 teams, the Big 12 has used an eight-game schedule. The addition of an extra matchup has made planning future schedules difficult for Currie. His desire is to play seven home games every season, and with the Wildcats hosting four conference games in certain years and five in others, he is being careful about adding nonconference road games.
He canceled a previously scheduled home-and-home series with Oregon for that reason, and may do the same with future opponent Virginia Tech.
"I'm not sure that that one is going to make sense for us, because of all the uncertainly about (conference scheduling)," Currie said. "It's quite possible that we won't play that series, or we'll play it in a different format."
K-State is also set to host Auburn in 2014, and has a future three-game series with Texas-San Antonio.
Wildcats in Wichita? —Currie wants to bring the K-State basketball team to Intrust Bank Arena for a neutral-court game. He said the Wildcats tried to move their game against UNLV from Kansas City's Sprint Center to Wichita this season, but the two programs couldn't agree on a date.
K-State owes Alabama a neutral-court game, but Currie said the Wildcats are already scheduled to play the Crimson Tide during the 2011-12 season in the Sprint Center.
"We are actively working on another significant, name opponent for Wichita," Currie said. "We're starting the process of figuring out dates. We very much want to play a Kansas State basketball game in Intrust Arena. It makes sense."
As early as 2011?
"That's our goal," Currie said.