Kansas State coach Bill Snyder didn’t say anything and didn’t need to say anything Saturday. It was clear what he thought about the violent unflagged hit Baylor’s Corey Coleman delivered to Wildcat cornerback Kip Daily.
Visibly upset, Snyder chose his words wisely, aiming to avoid a fine from the Big 12 for criticizing officials, even though his player was knocked from the game after the helmet-to-helmet contact left Daily motionless on the field for several minutes in the second quarter.
On Monday, however, the league agreed and suspended Coleman for the first half of the Bears’ next game with Iowa State. Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson reviewed video of the hit and concluded that a penalty for targeting should have been called.
“As a result of our review and conclusion that targeting should have been called, Mr. Coleman will be suspended for the first half of Baylor’s next game against Iowa State under Rule 9.1.4 of the NCAA Rules Book,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement on the league’s website.
Wildcats add two commitments
K-State received a pair of verbal commitments this weekend from two recruits who were in town on official visits — including Butler Community College offensive tackle Luke Hayes and Texas high school quarterback Colby Moore.
A three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Hayes is listed at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds. The Scott City native chose the Wildcats over offers from Baylor, Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina State and West Virginia.
“Yes, I’m one hundred percent committed to Kansas State,” Hayes told GoPowercat.com. “I called coaches up today from the other colleges and let them know.”
Moore, a two-star dual-threat QB from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, is listed at 6-1, 200 pounds and reportedly runs a 4.5 40.
“Great trip to Kansas State this weekend,” Moore tweeted Monday night. “Gave Coach Snyder my commitment to join the KSU Wildcats family!”
Moore has also received interest from Army, Texas A&M, UT-San Antonio, Houston, Boise State, Rice and TCU. Already with a commitment from three-star Humble, Texas QB Aaron Sharp, it’s unknown yet if Moore was recruited by K-State to play quarterback or to play another position.
K-State now has 16 commitments in its 2014 class, including eight three-star prospects and one four-star signee in Garden City Community College linebacker Dvonta Derricott.
Business as usual
The Wildcats are in the middle of their second bye week this season — giving K-State a chance to right some things before finishing out the final six games of the season.
K-State will look to make that run — needing four more wins to become bowl eligible — when it hosts West Virginia for a 2:45 kickoff on Oct. 26
“The biggest emphasis is going to be, as it always is, whether it’s an open date or not, trying to improve,” Snyder said Monday during the Big 12 teleconference. “It’s about trying to correct the mistakes that are apparent that we’ve made or mistakes we’ve made that are ongoing and repeated themselves.
“We have not done as good a job coaching in order to eliminate those errors.”