I’m getting some questions about WSU opening Intrust Bank Arena against Kansas State in January. WSU athletic director Eric Sexton addressed this earlier this month, saying that game was not a possibility because of the MVC schedule. WSU is looking into playing a conference game at the new arena in January. The Wildcats released their non-conference schedule Tuesday and some held out hope for a game in Wichita. Nope.The baseball draft hurts Missouri State. By stealing (for a month or two and maybe longer) a basketball player.MSU guard Nafis Ricks will be one of the key newcomers in the MVC. The Bears desperately need scoring and quickness in the backcourt.Illinois State loses a baseball player to the Cubs.Former UNI coach Rick Heller lands at Creighton. Glad to see him in the Valley. He did a nice job at a tough place to coach.UNI newcomer Marc Sonnen likes to play defense, which should make an already good defensive team better.Most of the Panther baseball players found new homes, including Travis Bennett at WSU.Former Shocker second baseman P.J. Forbes (best defender at that position?) is managing in the Pirates organization.Illinois State could really use a healthy Bobby Hill. Hill visited WSU as a high school senior and former Shocker coach Mark Turgeon thought he was a Big 12-quality athlete at that time. ISU’s non-conference schedule again appears to lack sizzle (with some dates to fill).SIU newcomer Tony Freeman, a transfer from Iowa, played on a team that went 7-0 in a tour of Turkey. Carlton Fay and Nick Evans also played on traveling teams this spring.
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