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The Royal Sampler: All major TV providers will carry Fox Sports 1, former K-State hoops commit in trouble, Braden Wilson pumped about Arrowhead debut

It’s been a while since our last Royal Sampler, but now that the football season is 15 days away there is a lot more K-State news out there link to. So we will try to make this a more consistent part of the blog again.

Let’s jump right in.

– Good news for college football fans, particularly at K-State and across the Big 12, the new cable sports network Fox Sports 1 will be carried by all major television providers when it launches on Saturday. The Wildcats’ first two football games, against North Dakota State and Louisiana-Lafayette, will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

The new all-sports network will replace Speed Channel. A list of where you can find Fox Sports 1 is included in my story today. For a while, it appeared Fox Sports 1 might not be carried on DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. But that is no longer a concern.

– Anyone remember Robert Upshaw? The one-time Wildcats hoops commit has been kicked off the basketball team at Fresno State for violations of athletic department policy. When Upshaw committed to former K-State basketball coach Frank Martin, he was highly rated by the recruiting services and was seen as a can’t-miss-prospect. But the 7-footer ended up at Fresno State when Martin left for South Carolina. He started five games as a freshman and is now off the team. Interesting how things work out sometimes.

– Former K-State fullback Braden Wilson is pumped to play his first preseason NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium with the Kansas City Chiefs. Wilson told the Great Bend Tribune: "My parents have purchased several tickets for the game. Nothing outrageous. It's my first NFL game at home in front of my family and friends. It's going to be a big deal.”

– Not exactly K-State sports related, but I think this is interesting news, anyway. Varney’s, the king of K-State memorabilia, has purchased Jayhawk Bookstore.