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K-State Q&A: #ConfidentBruce, hoops season, Bill Snyder and the Sunflower Showdown

Bruce Weber explains why this K-State team is fun to coach

Bruce Weber explains why this K-State team is fun to coach
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It’s time for another K-State Q&A.

Basketball season officially begins tonight against Kennesaw State. Football season continues Saturday against KU. As you might expect, we’ve got lots of great questions to cover. Let’s get right to them. Thanks, as always, for your participation.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Has <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConfidentBruce?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ConfidentBruce</a> gone as viral as you’d hoped?</p>&mdash; dtotherun (@dtotherun) <a href="https://twitter.com/dtotherun/status/1060608694084349952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

No, sigh, but I sure appreciate you using the hashtag.

Much like Bruce Weber himself, #ConfidentBruce will require time to win over the masses. Basketball season begins tonight. By March, I’m hoping to have at least 14 people regularly using it on Twitter.

In the mean time, you should all go read my feature story on #ConfidentBruce and the story behind why he is so freaking confident right now. I find it truly interesting how he has built this team up from scratch and embraced the spotlight that comes with being the most popular coach on campus. He seems like a new person, at least compared to a few years ago.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What classic sitcoms would Bruce Weber fit in best with, and what type of a character would he play? He seems like a teacher at Bayside in Saved By the Bell who Zach Morris takes advantage of and feels bad when they realize how great of a dude he is.</p>&mdash; Presented by Dillon’s (@scottwildcat) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottwildcat/status/1060627476475506689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

This is a great question, and you supplied a great answer right along with it. I want to see Bruce Weber’s story arc in the next Saved by the Bell reboot. Kudos!

I envision Weber more as Daniel LaRusso from “The Karate Kid.” And now that they have turned that movie into a TV show with a mix of drama and comedy I think the answer works.

LaRusso, like Weber, came to a new school and struggled to find his place while the popular kids picked on him for a few months. Then he learned karate, won the All Valley Karate Tournament and Crane Kicked his way into our hearts. Even Johnny Lawrence had to give him his due.

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Weber’s run to the Elite Eight last season was his All Valley Karate Tournament, and he didn’t even need to resort to an illegal move to get there.

Fire up the sequel.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Assuming Kamau, Barry, Xavier, Dean, and Makol start, who will be the first player off the bench tomorrow night?</p>&mdash; K-State Fans (@ksusportsfans) <a href="https://twitter.com/ksusportsfans/status/1060564157924364288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Cartier Diarra or Austin Trice, depending on fouls.

But in most cases I would lean toward Diarra as this team’s sixth man.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What non-conference basketball games are the most intriguing for this season?</p>&mdash; Kaden (@LittrellyK) <a href="https://twitter.com/LittrellyK/status/1060594102432161792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The three big ones are Marquette, Vanderbilt and Tulsa.

K-State should beat Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane downed the Wildcats in Wichita last season so there will be some revenge factor there.

The Marquette game is cool, because that team is on the rise and has a good coach. Bruce Weber is also from Milwaukee. Should be fun, especially in a brand new NBA arena.

Vanderbilt in KC should be hopping. The Commodores have a terrific freshman class. Can’t wait for that game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You can go to 5 home games in Bramlage this year. Which games do you choose?</p>&mdash; Jordan Smith (@Jordan_ICT) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jordan_ICT/status/1060594484583514112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

1. KU -- Bramlage Coliseum will be lit.

2. West Virginia -- Bob Huggins has owned Bruce Weber. Does that change this year?

3. TCU -- Horned Frogs are good.

4. Texas Tech -- Think the Red Raiders are underrated.

5. Oklahoma -- senior day for Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown and Dean Wade.

KSU's Dean Wade talks Wildcats basketball and being chosen Big 12 preseason player of the year, during Big 12 men's basketball media day on Oct. 24, 2018 in Kansas City.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Who do you think we will be beating in the championship game in April?</p>&mdash; Derek Litke (@DerekLitke) <a href="https://twitter.com/DerekLitke/status/1060570526505152513?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers. Don’t @ me.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Have you begun the annual exercise of taking one step outside when it&#39;s cold and promptly asking yourself why you live in Kansas?</p>&mdash; Brennan Mense (@BrennanMense) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrennanMense/status/1060565420980293633?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

This was me yesterday ...

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Not really. Yesterday’s snow was pretty great, actually. It evaporated the second it hit the road, but stuck to the grass and trees all day. Fun to look at, and the kids got to go sledding.

Snow won’t become my enemy until I have to start shoveling it off my driveway.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What is your favorite Teansformer figure? GI Joe Figure? He-man figure?</p>&mdash; KSU JEDI (@Bannor95) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bannor95/status/1060570325103058946?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Transformers: Devastator.

GI Joe: Cobra Commander.

He-Man: Skeletor.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What is the weirdest thing K-State fans love? The Draft Streak, The idea of returning to Ahearn, and Wildcat March are the three things that come to me.</p>&mdash; Presented by Dillon’s (@scottwildcat) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottwildcat/status/1060626617922392067?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Those are all strong candidates.

Moving games back into Ahearn is the most bizarre one on that list, for me. I get that K-State basketball used to rock and roll in that building, but it’s completely impracticable to play there now. It’s small, there’s no air conditioning and parking would be a hot mess. Renovating Bramlage is a much better idea.

One more candidate: How bad K-State used to be in football. I know some K-State fans who will throw down at the mere mention that any other team (KU football, Rutgers football or SMU football when it faced the death penalty, to name three) are even in the same conversation as what the Wildcats were before Bill Snyder.

No team will ever be in worse shape. It’s impossible.

That might be true, but it just seems like a weird thing to be protective of so many years after the turnaround.



Hard to say, as we only got to talk to four of them. But it seemed like beating KU still means something for the Wildcats.

Dalton Schoen, an Overland Park native, sounded particularly motivated to keep their winning streak going against the Jayhawks.

This Sunflower Showdown should tell us something about where Bill Snyder’s coaching skills are at the moment. He hasn’t lost to KU anywhere since 2004 and he hasn’t lost to KU at home since 1989. No matter what, Snyder has always had the Wildcats ready to beat the Jayhawks.

But the gap has closed between these two teams. This game feels like a toss up, despite the 10 1/2-point spread.

Does Snyder have one more Sunflower Showdown win in him? We’ll soon find out.

K-State right tackle Dalton Risner has a humorous response to this KU football question

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Assume KU wins this weekend, would Snyder be forcibly removed?</p>&mdash; Wade Terry (@wadeterry) <a href="https://twitter.com/wadeterry/status/1060565445722308608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

I don’t think it would come to that. If K-State loses this game, Snyder would probably view it as rock bottom and decide to retire on his own.

That might happen regardless of what happens on the football field Saturday. Like many others, I think this will be his final season. But a loss to KU could expedite the process.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do you really think Gene Taylor can hire a good coach and help push Snyder to retirement? Worried that we are losing ground to KU (never thought I would say that) but at least they have hope. All we have is same ol same ol’ nothing to look forward to!</p>&mdash; Richard Warren (@WarrenWildcat) <a href="https://twitter.com/WarrenWildcat/status/1060568543052419072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Yes, I think Gene Taylor is capable of hiring a good football coach to replace Snyder in the event this is his final season.

Hiring Snyder’s replacement was the main thing he was hired to do, right?

The coaching carousel is always a hard thing to predict, but this looks like it will be a slow year. Very few major jobs are expected to open. Southern California and Louisville might make coaching changes, but they might decide to stand pat. North Carolina and Rutgers could open, too. Kansas is already up for grabs. That’s about it.

In other words, K-State (if Snyder retires) could be one of the top openings on the market. That could be a very good thing.

Taylor has said before that he expects the pool of Snyder replacement candidates (whenever that day comes) to be very strong. That would certainly be the case if the day comes this year.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do you think Skyler Thompson will transfer after this year?</p>&mdash; Dom (@KStateDom) <a href="https://twitter.com/KStateDom/status/1060568173446131714?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Depends on how the rest of the season goes and what happens with Bill Snyder and the K-State coaching staff.

Right now, I get the feeling a larger-than-normal amount of football players are considering transfers. But those decisions won’t fully be sorted out for a while.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Which players have a chance in the NFL draft next year besides Risner? Where in the draft do you think they would get picked?</p>&mdash; Preston Ryan (@Preston__Ryan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Preston__Ryan/status/1060573145625780225?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Duke Shelley and Kendall Adams, if healthy enough to participate at K-State’s pro day, would both have an outside shot of getting picked.

Alex Barnes also seems like a NFL running back. If he decides to leave early, he could be a mid or late round guy.

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