Bill Snyder remains consistent, to the surprise of no one.
Early this spring, Snyder told this to ESPN.com about upcoming games against Oregon and Miami in 2011 and 2012, scheduled by former coach Ron Prince:
"(Laughs) I’m not going to go to those games now, whether they remain scheduled or not. Yeah, that’s just not our philosophy in regards to scheduling. And that doesn’t help. That doesn’t assist our program," Snyder said. "You go through the season and halfway through you’ve got seven or so of the Big 12 teams are in the top 15 in the country. So you’ve got a very strength-based conference. We already play eight games in the conference. We don’t need to play the same kind of games throughout the entirety of the season."
Well, he wasn't kidding. In an announcement on the school's brand-new website, athletic director John Currie announced Kansas State's series with Oregon has been canceled, and neither team will suffer a financial penalty because the decision was mutual. Currie cited a future nine-game conference schedule as the reason for the move.
"I am confident that we will reach our goal of having seven home games in 2011, but there are still a few moving parts," Currie wrote. "We are still on track to have our 2011 schedule in place and announced in the near future."
Kansas State was set to host the Ducks to open the 2011 season before flying to Eugene, Oregon in 2012. The Wildcats are still slated to travel to Miami for the first half of a home-and-home in 2011.
As of today, the series with Miami is still scheduled to be played, but Snyder's not short on influence in Manhattan. Expect that series to face the same fate.