K-State back Clayton to be disciplined

Updated: September 23, 2005, 11:03 AM ET
Associated Press

Kansas State: The only suspense connected with Saturday's North Texas-Kansas State game centers on the identity of the Wildcats' starting running back.

Will it be Thomas Clayton, who leads the NCAA in rushing but has run afoul of the campus police, or will it be backup Parrish Fisher?

Coach Bill Snyder said that Clayton, who has not been charged, will have to pay consequences for being arrested on a complaint of aggravated battery against a university parking employee.

But he offered no hint as to what those consequences might be for the quick-starting Clayton, whose 164.5-yard rushing average leads the nation.

The 1:10 p.m. kickoff also brings together some old friends and is certain to rekindle some old memories. North Texas coach Darrell Dickey was quarterback for the Wildcats in 1979-82, leading them to their first bowl appearance in 1982. His father, Jim, was head coach at Kansas State from 1978-85.

And Snyder was an assistant coach at North Texas in 1976-78.

It was also North Texas that Snyder beat in 1989 in his first season in Manhattan. The victory snapped a 30-game winless streak for Kansas State and was the first step in Snyder's remarkable turnaround of the program.

West Virginia: Former West Virginia and San Francisco 49ers player Walter Easley's five-year wait for a kidney transplant has ended.

He underwent surgery Saturday at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital and was released Tuesday.

"I hated to miss the WVU-Maryland game," Easley said Tuesday. "But Coach [Don] Nehlen and [Rich] Rodriguez called me and filled me in, so I felt better about that."

Easley celebrated his 48th birthday on Sept. 8 and had only one wish: a new kidney.

Easley had battled cysts that caused end-stage renal disease. He had been on a waiting list for five years, undergoing dialysis three times a week, after numerous potential volunteers were found to be incompatible. He said he fell into a coma several times.

"I felt my time was running out," Easley said. "Twice, I almost left out of here. I almost gave up. The last time I came out of a coma, I just didn't want to live anymore, but I begged God to save me.

"Now I think God's done something great," he said.

Easley said he hopes to return to working with children at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Charleston and to helping young football players at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

He played running back for the Mountaineers from 1976-77, and was a linebacker from 1979-80. He played for the 49ers in 1981-82 and earned a Super Bowl ring with San Francisco's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in 1982.


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