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Wildcats Give Their Thanks

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By Mark Janssen
I'm thankful for...
"... my wonderful family - Mary Lawrence, Jack, Virginia, Mary-Dell - and the special opportunity we have to be at K-State." - John Currie, athletics director

"... every opportunity that has been given to me in my life. That's my family, to my professional experiences. That, and the health that the good Lord has given me, my wife, my kids and my mom. That, and all the great players that I've been fortunate to coach and be a part of their lives. I've been around so many great players that have allowed me to move forward as a basketball coach and make a career out of it." - Frank Martin, men's basketball coach

"...  my family and friends." - Shalee Lehning, assistant women's basketball coach

"...  my family - wife, Jodi, and kids Ella and Grant." - Chad Weiberg, associate AD

"... just to be here. When you become whatever age I am, you become thankful for every day. Seriously, I am grateful to have the opportunity to help young people, but first and foremost is the wonderful family that I have. I have been blessed with wonderful people to surround myself with - a great wife, great children, great grandchildren, and a great great-grandchild." - Bill Snyder, football coach

"... all the members of my family have their health." - Tim Norris, men's golf coach

"... the opportunity to do what I enjoy doing on a daily basis with the support of a great family." - Jill Shields, associate AD

"... the grace of God, a healthy loving family and sincere friendships." - Laird Veatch, associate athletic director

"... my family, my health and the opportunity to love what I do each and every day." - Suzie Fritz, volleyball coach

"... my health, family, and being a part of K-State." - Kristi Knight, women's golf coach

"... my wife Peg, kids Trav and wife Christy, and Kell and husband Pres, and of course the do-no-wrong grandkids - Avery, Tate, Lincoln, Campbell ... plus one to be named at a later date." - Mark Janssen, 'Sports Extra' writer

My perfect Thanksgiving meal is... :
"...  turkey and dressing with Mary Lawrence's terrific sweet potato casserole." - Currie

"... turkey, stuffing, candy yams, rice ... and the biggest chunk of sweet potato pie you can find." - Martin

"...turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, croissant rolls and several pieces of pumpkin pie!" - Lehning

"... very traditional ... turkey and all the trimmings, including dessert." - Weiberg 

"... turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy." - Snyder
"... topped off with slices of both pumpkin and pecan pie." - Norris
"... anything mom cooks." - Shields

"... includes mom's homemade pie." - Veatch

"... lots of starch, and lots of family and friends." - Fritz
"... baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and berry cobbler." - Knight
"... a pile of turkey (dark meat, please) with as much skin as I can sneak, a mound of mashed potatoes (light on the gravy), homemade rolls (heavy on the strawberry preserves), pumpkin and cinnamon apple pie." - Janssen

Thanksgiving traditions:
"We like to get a long run in early so we can eat however much we want!" - Currie

"A thanksgiving meal on the road with wherever my team is playing. My parents have followed me across the country to support me, so it has become a tradition. Being with family is the only thing that matters on this holiday." - Lehning

" With my dad being a basketball coach, I grew up going to many basketball tournaments or classics over Thanksgiving weekend. If at home, we invited players who were away from family into our home for Thanksgiving dinner." - Weiberg

"Going out on Black Friday to all the sales." - Norris
"Watching 'Elf' with my family." - Shields

"Being with lots of family and friends with nowhere else to go." - Veatch

"Watching football, frying turkeys and harassing my brothers." - Fritz
"As a kid, mom loved the parades on TV. Today, the carving (mauling) of the turkey." - Janssen

Happy Thanksgiving To You All!

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