June 28, 2007

Notes: Bishop, Rankings and Rivals

Former K-State quarterback Michael Bishop left his job as a starting quarterback for the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League for a shot at being the quarterback in the Candian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.

The battle between last year's starter Damion Allen and Bishop has made talk radio in Canada talk about the Argos lately rather than the NHL's Maple Leafs, according to the Web site sportsnet.ca.

Bishop, who will make $150,000 per season plus incentives, is expected to begin the season in a quarterback platoon situation with Allen.

One of college football's newer rivalries, according to Steve Megargee, is the K-State vs. Nebraska game.

Megargee writes: The rivalry began to get interesting when Bill Snyder and Michael Bishop were leading the resurrection of the K-State program.

The matchup is one of five of the best rivalries that have emerged in recent years. Which one of the five do you consider the best emerging rivalary?

Rivals.com ranked the K-State football program No. 49 in their on-going poll. To see the Top 50 countdown (to No. 32 at this point), click here.

With the addition of Eric Benoit to the 2007 recruiting class, the Cats could get a bump in the recruiting rankings. But, the rankings are all done, right?

Well, not so, according to Jeremy Crabtree of Rivals.com.

"Just as we have in years past, we will re-do the team rankings again after all the kids enroll," Crabtree said. "The enrolled rankings come out in late August. That is when K-State could see the affect in the rankings of adding a guy like Benoit late. Their enrolled ranking will also be affected by any losses of guys in the class, if there were to be any."

K-State's class ranked No. 41 on signing day, good for seventh best in the conference.

As many of you heard last week, Rivals.com reached an agreement with Yahoo! Inc., to join the Yahoo! family.

For you the subscriber, there shouldn't be much of a change.

Outside of added technology and exposure, the Yahoo! deal won't affect much on Rivals.com. The same people will continue to lead the Rivals.com team which will mean more of the products you have grown to love along with some new things added in as the company continues to move forward.

Each year at the Rivals.com publisher conferences, a countdown of the top sites on the network is unveiled.

This year's top 25 sites are below. You can see just how you have helped GoPowercat.com achieve it's standing as one of the network's top sites.

25-North Carolina
24-Michigan State
23-Ohio State
22-Texas A&M
17-Penn State
10-Kansas State
6-Notre Dame
5-South Carolina
1-Florida State

Five sites from the Big 12 Conference landed in the Top 25 with a few more just outside the Top 25 looking to make the move in. And, for the second straight year, GoPowercat.com was cited as one of the fastest growing sites on the Rivals network. A big thank you to all of you for your support of what GoPowercat.com has become and what we are hoping to have happen.

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement concerning some new features coming to GoPowercat.com this August. It may change the way you will view your favorite K-State Web site.

The addition of the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Benoit gives the Wildcats two members of Compton's offensive line on their commitment list. Benoit joins Eldridge Sims who signed with the Wildcats last December, but did not make it to Manhattan for spring practices while finishing up his class work.

"I have one more class to finish up," the 6-foot-7, 288-pound Sims said. "After that I am done and then on to Manhattan. I will be there about the end of July. Then I will start practicing."

Sims believes the addition of Benoit is a great move for the future of the K-State offensive line.

"I talked to Eric and he was hoping he could get to Kansas State. I'm glad to hear it worked out. Him coming will really bump the talent we have on the line. He was the best lineman we had at Compton this past year. There is no doubt about that. It is a really good thing that we are adding him to the team. That will help us out a lot right away."

In a Wabash Station poll, 172 votes were cast on what Portland Trailblazers general manager Kevin Pritchard should do with the first pick.

The voters were given four options to choose from. Here are the results: 87 voted they should choose former Texas star Kevin Durant; 75 voted they should choose former Ohio State star Greg Oden; six voted they try to trade picks with Seattle (who chooses second); and four voted they try to trade the pick with someone other than Seattle.

Thursday night we will find out what the Trailblazers will do with the pick. Here is guessing they'll take Oden.

Travis Tannahill committed to play football for K-State last week. But it was close to not being the sport he was going to play in college.

According to Rivals.com's Jeremy Crabtree, entering the spring, Olathe (Kan.) East coach Jeff Meyers was telling college coaches Tannahill's plans included track and field in college, not football.

Several college coaches came through the school in the spring and found out from Meyers of the plans of the 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete.

Then, about a month ago, Meyers sent out an e-mail to several college coaches telling them Tannahill had changed his mind and was open to the idea of playing football in college again.

The K-State coaches were one of the first to respond and act on the information, and as they say, the rest is history.

Former K-State coach and two-time Big 8 Conference player of the year Lon Kruger has signed a contract extension to remain as the coach at UNLV.

According to the published report Kruger's new contract will keep him in Vegas through the 2011-12 season.

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