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Kansas State DC Tom Hayes has retired.

Hayes' impending retirement was reported as in the works by many an outlet near the end of January, with K-State now officially confirming that the longtime coach would be stepping off into the sunset. It's been a long ride for Hayes, who's been working sidelines -- both collegiate and NFL -- since 1977. He's served as Kansas State's defensive coordinator since 2012. With Hayes stepping down, LB coach Blake Seiler will receive a bump up to DC.
Feb 17 - 12:50 PM

Kansas State officially announced that LB coach Blake Seiler has been promoted to defensive coordinator.

Seiler will take over for Tom Hayes, who has decided to retire. Brian Norwood will replace Seiler as the new LB coach, coming over from Tulsa. A former defensive end for the Wildcats, Seiler has spent nine years on the KSU staff, and will be entering his sixth season as a full-time assistant.
Feb 16 - 7:09 PM

247Sports' Ryan Wallace reports that Kansas State will hire Tulsa co-DC Brian Norwood to serve as likely secondary coach.

That role might change, but regardless, looks like Norwood will be on his way to Manhattan in the very near future. He's been serving on staff at Tulsa since 2015, but does have experience in the Big 12 having worked at Baylor from 2008-14 and earlier at Texas Tech in 2000.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 14 - 4:18 PM

Kansas State redshirt senior OL Breontae Matthews will transfer as a graduate.

Matthews (6'5/321) joined Kansas State out of the JUCO ranks prior to the 2016 season, with ESPN ranking him as the No. 16 JUCO tackle prospect in the class. After redshirting during his initial year with the Wildcats, he was used sparingly during the 2017 campaign. He's expected to graduate in May, after which he will be eligible to play with his fresh program-to-be immediately come the start of the upcoming season.
Feb 13 - 1:10 PM

Kansas State redshirt senior RB Dalvin Warmack announced he will transfer.

Because Warmack graduated, he'll be eligible for immediate playing time at whatever school he lands at. The 5-foot-8, 187-pound tailback ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns in nine games with Kansas State in 2017.
Feb 12 - 2:18 PM

Kansas State senior WR Dominique Smith announced he'll be transferring from the school.

Heath made the announcement over Twitter, thanking the Kansas State coaches and players. He stated a desire to play closer to home, so he'll likely be heading to a school close to the North Carolina area. He'll leave as a graduate, so he'll be eligible for immediate playing time. It's a big loss for the Wildcats' receiving core, as Heath was the leading receiver in 2016 with 45 catches and three touchdowns.
Feb 12 - 12:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Kansas State DC Tom Hayes has retired.

It's not a completely unforeseen retirement. 247Sports relays that Hayes had planned on stepping down after the 2017 season, but had a change of heart, at least for a little while. He's been working as defensive coordinator with the Wildcats since 2012. The well-seasoned coach's career began in 1977 and he's since gone on to hold jobs at both the collegiate and NFL levels, putting in recent stops at Kansas (2011), Tulane (2010), the New Orleans Saints (2006-07) and Stanford (2005) prior to linking up with HC Bill Snyder. His defenses at Kansas State have been rock-solid versus the run and less so versus the past -- over the last three seasons, K-State has ranked as a bottom-25 unit against the aerial attack. The Wildcats will be rolling with not only a new (yet unknown) defensive coordinator in 2018, but also a new offensive coordinator after Dana Dimel left that post to take the head-coaching position at UTEP. They promoted WR coach Andre Coleman to replace Dimel.
Jan 27 - 1:47 PM

Kansas State promoted WR coach/passing-game coordinator Andre Coleman to offensive coordinator.

Coleman moves on up the ladder for larger responsibilities due to former OC Dana Dimel's departure for the head-coaching position at UTEP. Dimel had served as K-State's offensive play-caller since 2009. Coleman will assume that mantle, now, with Charlie Dickey (OL coach) and Collin Klein (QB coach) also receiving title bumps to co-offensive coordinator. Given that the personnel here is not changing beyond Dimel, we don't expect Kansas State to diverge too much from their run-first, grind-you-down approach on offense.
Jan 24 - 2:05 PM

Michigan State sophomore WR Hunter Rison transferred to Kansas State.

Rison (5'11/200) hauled in 19 catches for 224 yards as a true freshman during the 2017 campaign. Rivals ranked him as the No. 264 overall prospect coming out of high school. With Kansas State, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. It's a nice upside stash for the Wildcats. Rison is the son of Andre Rison, who played his college ball at Michigan State in the late 80's prior to embarking on a 12-year. career in the NFL.
Jan 20 - 2:18 PM

Kansas State hired Eric Hickson to be the new running backs coach.

Hickson played for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, rushing for 2,537 yards and 27 touchdowns from 1994-1998. He coached at Akron under Terry Bowden, and also has coached at the community college and high school levels.
Jan 17 - 12:59 AM

Kansas State redshirt junior FB Winston Dimel will transfer as a graduate.

Dimel (6'1/235) is one of the top fullbacks in the country. Over the summer, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him as the No. 1 underclassman draft prospect at the position. While he scored just four touchdowns in 2017 -- a far cry from the 12 he notched back in 2016 -- Dimel was named second team All-Big 12 at the end of the campaign for his overall impact from game-to-game. Dimel said that Missouri, Texas A&M and Wisconsin were all receiving serious consideration for the transfer. UTEP -- where his father, Dana, was hired as head coach earlier this winter -- is also in play, but it looks like he might be diverging from his old man, here.
Jan 16 - 12:15 PM

Michigan State freshman WR Hunter Rison will transfer from the Spartans.

Rison (5'11/200) apparently will transfer looking for a bigger role in the offense. He'll have to sit out the 2019 season if he transfers to another FBS school. The son of former NFL star Andre Rison made 19 catches for 224 yards in 2017.
Jan 8 - 6:32 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Kansas State has hired North Carolina graduate assistant Zach Hanson to serve as tight ends coach.

Hanson has been working as a grad assistant under Larry Fedora for the past two seasons. He's an alumni of the Wildcats, having played 37 games on the offensive line at the program from 2009-11. He'll begin his new job on Jan. 9, when the NCAA's new rule allowing a 10th assistant kicks into effect.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 4 - 2:51 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Kansas State HC Bill Snyder will return for the 2018 season.

Snyder has yet to publicly announce his plans, saying after the team's win over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl at the end of December that he was considering his options. Looks like the 78-year-old will be coming back for at least one more rodeo. He's posted a combined 210-110-1 record during two separate stints with the Wildcats. Since 2009, when he began his second run with the team, K-State has managed at least seven wins in six of eight seasons. Snyder revealed a diagnosis of throat cancer last winter, but was able to coach without major issue this season despite the health concern.
Jan 2 - 5:16 PM

Kansas State junior WR Byron Pringle will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Pringle (6'2/205) posted relatively modest overall numbers this year, catching 30 passes for 724 yards and six scores. He proved to be fantastic at breaking the big play, though, posting a yards-per-reception mark of 24.1 for the campaign. That was good for best in the Big 12. He's also an adept kick-return man. As an NFL prospect, Pringle's special teams chops should help his stock. Draft Analyst viewed him as a likely undrafted free agent entering the season, but they've since propped him up with a fifth-round grade. Day 3 (Rds. 4-7) is his most probable landing zone.
Jan 1 - 4:34 PM


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