Dear Wildcat fans,
Greetings from SUNNY New York City!
Coach Snyder and the football team have another busy day planned, which you may have already read about in Mark Janssen's daily update.
Last night I went with our student-athletes and coaches to the team welcome dinner in the Legends Club at Yankee Stadium. Also in attendance were the coaches and players from Syracuse. Wildcat fans should be proud of how Coach Snyder's teams represent K-State at such events. Our players were dressed in coats and ties, and I noticed a number of our student-athletes taking the time to personally thank Yankees President Randy Levine and other bowl officials.
The stadium looks great! The field has been covered with a tarp. In fact, while we were eating dinner crews were plowing the snow off the tarp. A big swath of the midfield was exposed and the grass looked as green as the middle of June. Our players were taking lots of pictures of the stadium and surroundings - they are really enjoying the experience.
As a reminder the Cats will take on Syracuse at 2:20 p.m. CT on Thursday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and can also be heard along the K-State Sports Network and nationally on ESPN Radio. To listen online, check out k-statesports.com/bowlgame for a link to the ESPN Radio broadcast - the network owns the rights to broadcasts of all bowl games.
Prior to the game, we will hold a pep rally here in New York as K-State fans will have an opportunity to cheer on the Wildcat football team at an event that has become a fan-favorite of K-State bowl traditions. Doors of the Roseland Ballroom open at 1:30 p.m. with the team arriving shortly after.
About six hours from here, our women's basketball team will compete at 6 p.m. tomorrow against Dartmouth in the Blue Sky Classic and then 4 p.m. Thursday against Vermont. As a reminder tickets are on sale for our special "dollar night" game against Oklahoma State on January 9. All tickets to the game, as well as selected concession items, are just $1. It is fun to watch Coach Patterson's team develop and at 8-3 they are building momentum getting ready for the Big 12 season.
Earlier today we announced that our inquiry has concluded into last week's unfortunate situation that resulted in two of our men's basketball players being suspended. Such incidents are not pleasant for anyone and I appreciate our staff and Coach Martin working together to resolve the issue. Once we realized we had a problem we did what families do - we dealt with it, learned from it and now we move on together.
I was traveling last week and thus was unable to attend both the UNLV and UMKC games. But, watching on TV I was again blown away with the spirit and enthusiasm of our crowds and the effort and intensity with which our players competed. Lots of universities have great support when everything is going perfectly... K-Staters know how to respond to challenging times!
Catch the men's team back in Bramlage on New Year's Eve as it hosts North Florida at 1 p.m.
As the calendar year draws to a close, Mary Lawrence and I want to wish the entire K-State Nation a Happy New Year! Our fans, student-athletes and coaches accomplished so much in 2010. Lets win these last couple ballgames this week and get the Purple Ready to Roll in 2011!