September 10, 2007

Flags are flying

The extended version of the quote is posted above every door. Any Kansas State football fan knows how it starts. When Coach Ron Prince was introduced as the successor to Bill Snyder, he told everyone he wanted a "fast, strong, disciplined team that consistently competes for championships."

Two games into Prince's second season, his Wildcats are showing signs of making his masterplan come true. There's one giant problem. While these Wildcats are fast and strong, most of the discipline being shown on gamedays is coming in the form of penalties dished out by the officials.

"Penalties concern me. I'm not very happy about that," Prince said.

He should be concerned. Two games into the season, K-State has been assessed an eye-popping 25 penalties for 237 yards. There's also another troubling line on the stat sheet. In each of K-State's first two games, a loss at Auburn and its home-opening win over San Jose State, the Wildcats have awarded the opposition five first downs via penalty. The Cats have received no first downs via penalty all season, making the score of flag generosity 10-0 on the year.

"I'm not used to having this many penalties in games. It's an ugly game. It's not something that's going to help us in any way," Prince said following the Wildcats' 34-14 victory over SJSU.

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