January 3, 2008

The Best K-State Sports Stories of 2007

The year 2007 was hardly the best of times for Kansas State athletics, but a year marred by injuries and a high-profile coaching change wasn't exactly the worst of times either. Fan favorite Jordy Nelson did what few viewed as possible; while the K-State basketball team started the process of proving slumps don't last forever. Yes, whether negative or positive, the past 365 days have brought with them interesting times in Manhattan.


Last season was a transitional year for the Kansas State baseball team to say the least, as the Wildcats went from cellar dwellers to legitimate contenders in Coach Brad Hill's third year. In 2007, K-State won 34 games, one win shy of tying the school's all-time mark for victories, and advanced to the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 2002.


On the morning of Oct. 9, Kansas State fans awoke to some startling news. Reports of an NCAA investigation into alleged rules violations by the Wildcats' football program had been released to the press, and what ensued was a whirlwind of confusion and dismay. Though officials contend that the incident had nothing to do with the athletic department, it was reported that the violations involved an academic tutor issuing improper benefits to as many as five current and former members of the school's football team. The investigation is currently ongoing and no penalties, self-imposed or otherwise, have been levied on the school at this time.


Also from the currently developing file is the countdown's No. 8 story. A knee injury to senior David Hoskins, a member of last year's All-Big 12 second team, has kept the Wildcats' locker-room leader sidelined for this season's entirety, and many believe his absence is holding Coach Frank Martin's team back considerably. Hoskins, who underwent his second knee surgery in the early stages of the 2007 season, is said to be out indefinitely, and many fans fear that they have seen the last of the 6-foot-5 forward in a purple uniform. Hoskins is expected to receive a final assessment next week, however, finally putting an end to this ongoing saga.

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