In a day of scheduling maneuvers, not much was made of Kansas State's decision to back out of a game against Fresno State. At least not much was made of it in Kansas. But in Fresno, well, that's a different story. They are getting quite the laugh out it. Matt James of the Fresno Bee picks it up from here:
"A Kansas State administrator admitted his school was trying to get out of the Fresno State game a while back, but now it's a reality worth repeating: A Big 12 school paid $250,000 to get out of a home game against the No. 3 team in the Western Athletic Conference. A home game.
"Oh Auntie Em, what's become of that Midwestern pride?
"Kansas State coach Ron Prince went 12-13 his first two seasons. This spring he's signed 19 junior college transfers and the acting athletic director, Jim Epps, said it was Prince's idea to get out of the Fresno State game and find a team the Wildcats could, you know, beat.
"How's that for a preseason message to your team? Not exactly Notre Dame's Play Like A Champion Today, is it? More like, We'll Get Bowl Eligible Somehow.
"Kansas State should change its logo from the Powercat to the Panic-cat."
Fresno State, never a team to shy from competition, will now play at Rutgers to open the season. Kansas State, in a move reminiscent of Bill Snyder's approach to scheduling, will play host to Montana State.
Fresno State has been nothing but trouble for Kansas State, beating the Wildcats 45-21 in 2004 and 45-29 in 2007. Prince, who talked about upgrading Kansas State's schedule when he was hired in 2005, has now called a reverse.
The scheduling facelift gives the Wildcats nonconference home games against North Texas, Montana State and Louisiana Lafayette. The only toughie in the bunch is a game at Louisville. At worse, Kansas State should be 3-1 entering Big 12 play. If the Wildcats can squeeze out three more victories, they might get a bid to the Texas or Independence bowls. And Prince will be able to hold on to his job for another year.
That's what $250,000 can do for you.