Good morning Wildcats!
It was a great weekend in Manhattan with a huge Madness crowd, the unveiling of the proposed basketball training facility plans and another awesome home crowd in Ahearn for volleyball Saturday night.
I am looking forward to my first trip to Waco this weekend. In addition to the Baylor game, I will comprehensively tour their facilities and campus. Led by Athletic Director Ian McCaw they too have done an outstanding job of improving their infrastructure over the past few years.
Yesterday we announced that our homecoming game against Oklahoma State on October 30 has been selected for television and will air at 11 a.m. on FSN as one of four Big 12 games to be televised on that day.
A few fans have emailed with questions as to why our game at Baylor this Saturday won't be televised, so I thought I would share a brief update. On any given Saturday, there are between two and four (and occasionally five) TV "windows" our television partners (FSN and ABC/ESPN) have reserved to show Big 12 games. Once we get into October most Saturdays have five or six intra-conference Big 12 games for those "windows." TV generally makes its selections 12 days in advance of the games. Factors driving the selections include national rankings of teams involved, national appeal (i.e. ratings) of various programs, the relevance of the game in the conference race, records of the teams involved and finally an attempt to provide some exposure to all members.
This coming weekend's television scenario is why we worked so hard last winter and spring to adjust our schedule to create more television exposure. Neither the Iowa State or KU games would have been selected for television if we had kept them on their original dates.
It is important as we move forward as a league to push for our next cable rights agreement to have all Big 12 games produced and distributed to alleviate this issue. And, with important games against Texas, Missouri and Colorado coming up as the season concludes, we are optimistic that K-State will be in line for additional television selections.
Wildcat fans will of course be able listen to the game Saturday on the K-State Sports Network and for FREE online at k-statesports.com as Wyatt, Stan and Matt call the action. You can also follow the stats using the Gametracker feature on www.kstatesports.com and check for updates on our athletic department Twitter page (kstatesports).
We are excited about the prospects for the remainder of the season and need your continued support for our last two home games. Many alumni will be back in town for homecoming against Oklahoma State and we still have great seats remaining for as little as $35. Be sure to check the Alumni Association's website at www.k-state.com for more information on homecoming. And let's send the 2010 senior class out with a full house on November 6 when Texas visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Speaking of seniors, did you know that K-State is fourth nationally with active graduates on its roster with eight? That number is also the most in the Big 12 and will grow to as many as 13 following the fall semester.
For those of you close by looking for a fun evening tonight the Manhattan Catbackers are hosting a "Ways to Wear Purple" fashion show at 7 p.m. in the Wareham on Poyntz.
Several of our teams are out on the road competing this week as the men's golf team is in Baton Rouge today, volleyball is at Texas and Baylor this week and our tennis team will be competing at the ITA Regionals Thursday in Arkansas. Our baseball team will also begin a three-game Fall World Series tonight at Tointon Family Stadium and conclude Thursday and Friday. All games will be at 6 p.m. and free to the public. Our next home event is the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday morning as the rowing team takes on KU at Tuttle Creek Lake. Hope to see you there and.....