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Snyder to appear on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

K-State head football coach Bill Snyder has been announced as a 2015 candidate for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame, according to a Tuesday press release by the hall of fame and the National Football Foundation.

The new inductees will be announced on Jan. 9 in conjunction with the first ever college football playoff weekend, according to the release. Snyder is one of six coaches on the ballot from the Football Bowl Subdivision, and is the only one still active.

To be eligible for the ballot, coaches are required to have coached for at least 10 years, at least 100 games, have won 60 percent of their games and be retired for at least three years. Once a coach turns 70 years old, there is three-year waiting period, and coaches 75 years old or older are eligible while active. Snyder, the winningest coach in K-State football history, turned 75 on Oct. 7.

Seventy-five former players from the Football Bowl Subdivision were also announced as candidates, in addition to the 87 players and 25 coaches nominated from “divisional ranks.”

Player candidates include former University of Texas running back and 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.

Woman pleads guilty in $3 million fraud scheme

Certified public accountant Irene Marie Brooner, 52, pled guilty to a $3 million fraud scheme on Wednesday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Brooner will have to surrender a judgment amount of $2.9 million which she received from the scheme, as well as her personal assets. She also could be fined another $1 million and sentenced for up to 30 years in federal prison. Brooner was in charge of accounts and payroll for Kansas City, Missouri sheet metal fabrication facility and steel service center Galvmet Inc. from 2001-14. The scheme caused the company to go out of business.

Four cows killed in truck crash near Abilene

A semi-truck transporting 61 cattle crashed near Abilene, Kansas on Wednesday, killing four cows and injuring multiple others, according to a KSAL article.

The crash happened on Interstate 70 near mile marker 278 at around 3:30 a.m. The driver was not injured according to the article. Among first responders was a veterinarian.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.