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Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 21

Good afternoon K-State Nation!

Let's start today's update by congratulating Coach Snyder and our football team on a big win at Oklahoma last Saturday! Our team cherishes traveling to an opponent's stadium and feeling right at home with a sea of purple in the stands no matter where we are playing. Saturday was no different! Hearing that "K-S-U" chant echo through a road stadium after we score is special! I was so proud of the toughness and grit of our student-athletes and great game plan of our staff in opposition to an outstanding OU squad. 

While it is terrific to see the Cats improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 play, another great moment of the day for me actually came as our team plane taxied to the terminal after landing in MHK as the lead flight attendant came on the speaker system and said, "In my 15 years of flying this is the classiest group I have ever flown with." In this day and age we should never take for granted the high level of expectations set by Coach Snyder for our student-athletes. And, let's salute our team captains and players for understanding and embracing their role as K-State representatives! 

Finally, thank you to senior Randall Evans, who donned his late former teammate David Garrett's No. 27 jersey for Saturday's game. David's funeral services were Saturday in Ohio, at the same time the Wildcats were playing in Norman wearing his initials and No. 27 on their helmets. Please continue to remember David and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Q&A With Volleyball's Kylee Zumach

October 21, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra will highlight a Wildcat student-athlete each month through the Q&A Sports Extra special. This month, Sports Extra writer Kelly McHugh talks to K-State volleyball freshman outside hitter Kylee Zumach.

Roman's Hard Work Pays Off

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K-State's Fernando Roman competes in the men's 3000 meter run during the Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on January 18, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 20, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

All of K-State cross country and track and field distance runner Fernando Roman's hard work is starting to pay off - and sooner than he expected. 

Complete Team Effort Leads Cats to Road Victory

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Oct. 18, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) throws during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

October 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Discipline. 

That's exactly what No. 14 K-State showed yesterday as it traveled to Norman, Oklahoma, and upset No. 11 Oklahoma, 31-30, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

K-State Faces Dynamic Oklahoma Offense

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K-State's defense sacks Stephen F. Austin's Zach Conque at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on August 30, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 18, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) is headed south to Norman, Oklahoma, today to face the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners (5-1, 2-1 Big 12). With the game slated to kickoff at 11 a.m., and aired nationally on ESPN right after College Gameday, all eyes will be on the top-15 matchup.

Confident. Resilient. Tough.

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K-State celebrates an ace serve against Iowa State at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on October 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

After an exciting week for the program with a pair of Big 12 player of the week honors, its first national ranking since 2012 and a road win at TCU, No. 25 K-State volleyball (17-2, 4-1 Big 12) is set to take on No. 2 Texas (13-0, 5-0 Big 12) tomorrow evening at 7 p.m., in Ahearn Field House. 

K-State men's basketball Enjoys Big 12 Media Day


October 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Lights, camera, action!

Yesterday morning K-State men's basketball head coach Bruce Weber and seniors Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams traveled to the Kansas City Sprint Center for the men's basketball 2014 Big 12 Media Day.

Tuesdays in Vanier - Treating Every Game the Same

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Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder looks on during a 45-13 win against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

October 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Leading up to No. 14 K-State football's (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) matchup with No. 11 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) this weekend, head coach Bill Snyder and select players gathered at the Vanier Football Complex to discuss the upcoming game.

A Fresh Start for Deborah Meeks

October 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It's been a long journey for Deborah Meeks, but now at K-State, she's right where she wants to be.

Letter from A.D. John Currie and Dr. Kirk Schulz - October 13

Dear K-State Nation,

We would like to take a few moments tonight to inform you of an important announcement regarding our athletics program that we have just shared with our equestrian student-athletes.

Following a recent NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics recommendation to drop intercollegiate equestrian as an emerging NCAA Division I women's sport, we will discontinue the intercollegiate sponsorship of our equestrian program at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. In keeping with K-State's commitment to improving opportunities for female student-athletes we will be adding the school's first-ever intercollegiate women's soccer program, enabling the Wildcat athletics program to maintain its sponsorship of 16 varsity sports as required by the NCAA. These decisions were approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc. Board of Directors this afternoon.

While this was an extremely difficult and complex decision, we are proud of the effort of our equestrian coaches and student-athletes since the program's inception in 2000 toward building and advancing our program. Unfortunately, with equestrian no longer projected to count toward the minimum NCAA requirement of 16 sponsored varsity programs as detailed in NCAA Bylaw 20.9.6, we must move our resources to another sport so that we can continue to operate as a Division I FBS member of the Big 12 and NCAA.