Sports shorts: Houston questionable; Currie extended as KSU AD

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs are cautiously optimistic that Justin Houston might make his return to the field Sunday. Houston is listed as ‘questionable’ for this week’s home finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Head coach Andy Reid says it will be a stretch for him to play.

The Pro Bowl outside linebacker has been recovering from a dislocated elbow suffered in the Nov. 24 game against the San Diego Chargers. He has missed the last three games.

Reid also lists left tackle Brandon Albert as ‘questionable’. Dexter McCluster has been active at practice all week, and he’s listed as ‘probable’ after missing last week’s game in Oakland with an infected cut on his ankle.

K-STATE AD GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION

Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie has agreed to a contact extension through 2019. Currie is getting a $100,000 raise, bumping his salary to $575,000.

“Our athletics department has achieved unprecedented success the past four years under John’s tremendous leadership,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz. “With continued excellence in the classroom, record fundraising, dramatic facility improvements benefiting all of our student-athletes and three conference championships last year, K-State is truly recognized as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics. John’s vision and partnership also have been critically important to the entire university family as we continue to work toward becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

The KSU athletics department was a mess when Currie arrived in 2009. Since then K-State has improved its facilities, including the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Basketball Training Facility, Intercollegiate Rowing Center and Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, and launched K-StateHD.TV.

Last season, K-State became only the fourth BCS school since 1998 to win conference titles in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same year.

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