Let me start off by re-capping a terrific weekend in Kansas City as Wildcat Nation painted the city purple. I spent Friday traveling around KC to several meetings, as well as circling town on a mini media tour. There was a definite buzz in the stadium on Saturday as the Wildcats improved to 3-0 on the season with a big win over division foe Iowa State. As Laird Veatch and I pulled into the Arrowhead parking lot at 730 a.m. there were already thousands of K-Staters hard at work tailgating and getting ready.
We have a lot of exciting things going on inside K-State Athletics as the fall season moves on and more of our teams are beginning competition. So here's a quick update this week from inside the department:
Dr. Be Stoney Named Faculty Athletics Representative
President Schulz announced earlier today that Dr. Be Stoney has been named the new Faculty Athletics Representative following Dr. Mike Holen's retirement. Dr. Stoney's background as a hall of fame women's basketball player at UTEP and an award-winning faculty member make her an ideal choice for the role. She brings great perspective to the position and is well-versed in the issues confronting both faculty members and student-athletes. We look forward to working with her.
Volleyball Opens Big 12 Play 2-0
Coach Fritz and the volleyball team have opened the Big 12 Conference portion of their schedule with a 2-0 record following wins over the Jayhawks and at Texas Tech. Last week's environment at Ahearn Field House for the KU match was absolutely amazing - more than 3,100 fans packed Ahearn (including 1,200 students) and had a definite impact on the match as the Cats rallied late for a 3-1 win. If you haven't had a chance to visit Ahearn for a volleyball match, your next chance is 7 p.m., Saturday against Missouri. It is truly a great place to watch volleyball and an affordable outing for all fans.
Saturday is Fort Riley Day and University Family Day
Coach Snyder's charges return home as we celebrate Fort Riley Day at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday in conjunction with University Family Day on campus. The football game will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. and will be broadcast nationally on FSN. If you don't have your tickets yet, there are less than 700 remaining as we are expecting another terrific crowd. Fans are encouraged to purchase a ticket to the game for $10 and donate it to a Fort Riley soldier, while individual tickets also remain. We also have Wildcat 4-Packs available for just $75 - that's less than $20 per ticket - so find three others and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to support our student-athletes. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to the game on Saturday as pregame activities will begin one hour prior to kickoff with more than 800 soldiers marching into the stadium. Back again this year are the thunderous howitzer cannons and Old Thunder, an old civil war cannon, which will fire when the Wildcats take the field on Saturday.
Coach Vince Gibson Returning
Former Wildcat head coach Vince Gibson, who was instrumental in the construction of KSU Stadium and some great moments in K-State football history, will be returning to Manhattan this weekend for the UCF game. Coach Gibson's team provided K-State's first-ever victory over a ranked program with the memorable win over No. 11 Oklahoma in 1969. And the following year, a 21-20 triumph over No. 8 Colorado marked K-State's first-ever win over a Top 10 team. The 40-year anniversary of that win will occur next week, and we felt it was appropriate to recognize an individual that meant so much to K-State Football and Kansas State University. We hope you join us on Saturday.
Vote for Daniel
We are certainly excited about the 3-0 start to the football season, and are pleased to see media and fans from across the nation taking notice of Coach Snyder's continued progress of re-building our program. This past weekend, running back Daniel Thomas had yet another great performance and was named a finalist for the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week. You have the opportunity to help him win the weekly award by texting the word "VOTE" to 345345. You can also check out the other nominees and receive voting instructions online at www.espnallamerica.com <http://www.espnallamerica.com> .
Powell Earns Scholarship
One of the duties of an AD is to sign the papers of all scholarships awarded to our student-athletes. Last week Coach Snyder continued his long and special tradition of developing "walk-on" student-athletes by placing William Powell on scholarship. It was an honor to sign William's papers Friday morning and then watch him earn Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors against Iowa State. William has overcome adversity and injury to put himself in position to graduate this summer. Congrats William.
Madness in Manhattan is Back
Last week we announced that Madness in Manhattan will be returning and we are excited to be one of six schools nationally to be spotlighted during ESPNU's coverage of the annual start of basketball season. We are very fortunate to have our basketball programs under the leadership of Coach Martin and Coach Patterson and we look forward to this opportunity to showcase our institution and programs to the nation. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, October 15, which is the evening after our football game against the Jayhawks in Lawrence, and we hope you pack Bramlage. We are planning a few surprises for you that night so mark your calendars to attend!
Golf and Tennis Teams Begin Seasons
Both of our golf teams and our tennis team began their fall competitions this past week. The men's golf squad opened the year in Indiana at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and wrap up play at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence today. The women finished in second place in their first action of the year at the Chip-N-Club Invitational in Lincoln and were led by Paige Osterloo's runner-up finish. Coach Bietau and the tennis team came away with several wins in both singles and doubles action this past weekend in Milwaukee and will travel to the Hoosier Classic in Indiana on Friday.
Below is a list of our teams that are in action over the next week - be sure to follow the Cats online at k-statesports.com.
· September 22 - Volleyball at Colorado
· September 23-25 - Equestrian at Auburn and Georgia
· September 24 - Women's Tennis at the Hoosier Classic
· September 25 - Football vs. UCF
· September 25 - Volleyball vs. Missouri
· September 25 - Cross Country at the Cowboy Jamboree
That's it for now. We will see you this weekend at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Ahearn Field House for another Wildcat Weekend.