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Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 20

Good evening K-State fans!

First, congratulations to Suzie Fritz and the K-State volleyball team for a great victory over the Jayhawks last night in Lawrence. Obviously this is a big week for the Sunflower Showdown series and it is nice to start it off right! 

  Busy Day in Lawrence on Saturday 
Congratulations are also in order to Coach Snyder and the Wildcat football team for the terrific 6-0 start and No. 11 BCS ranking. I know that K-Staters world-wide are excited about the season so far. But, as our coaches always stress, the most important thing is to focus on the next game and make daily improvements across the board. And, this week is a very important test as we travel to Lawrence for the 109th edition of the Sunflower Showdown against the Jayhawks. Tickets are still available for $85.

I'll be heading over early on I-70 with a first stop at the K-State Alumni Association's Wildcat Pregame at Wayne and Larry's Sports Bar and Grill at 933 Iowa Street. Come on out as Powercat Gameday begins at 7 a.m. After that I will attend the annual Sunflower Showdown Legislative Pregame reception jointly hosted by KU and K-State for our legislators before I walk over to the stadium.

The annual joint reception is a good example of how K-State and KU work together off the field to advance higher education and serve the citizens of the state of Kansas. There is no questioning the intensity of our rivalry on the fields and courts of competition. At the same time I appreciate the collegiality and sportsmanship amongst Wildcat and Jayhawk fans that I witnessed around the stadium last year. Let's continue to be national leaders in setting a good sportsmanship example.

Bowl Plans
Although we are just halfway through the football season, please start thinking about making plans for the holidays as the Cats are bowl eligible for the second straight year. Click here to visit our bowl information page, which includes a listing of all Big 12 bowl destinations and links to reserve your tickets before the November 30 priority deadline.

Big 12 Update
It was great to have TCU's Chris Del Conte join our Big 12 athletic director's conference call earlier this week. In case you missed my previous letter you can click here to read more about this important addition. The response from our fans has been great!

Of course as I write this letter the Missouri Curators are apparently working to discern the Tigers' future affiliation. We are very excited about the growing momentum of the Big 12 and hope Missouri will choose to be part of it.

President Schulz is doing a great job with the Big 12 expansion committee which continues to meet regularly. As we monitor the landscape and assess future opportunities I believe we have exciting stuff on the horizon.

Fall Sports Update
As construction continues on our new Basketball Training Facility, both our men's and women's basketball teams have begun practice for the 2011-12 season on the newly resurfaced and designed floor at Bramlage. Visit k-statesports.com for schedule and ticket information!

Both golf teams were in action this week as well as the women finished ninth in Norman, Okla., and the men 11th in Shreveport, La.

Good luck to our tennis and equestrian teams this weekend as the Wildcat netters will head to the Kansas Invitational Saturday in Lawrence with action beginning at 9 a.m. at the Jayhawk Tennis Center, and the equestrian squad travels to Auburn, Ala., and Athens, Ga.

Congratulations to reigning Big 12 Player of Year Petra Niedermayerova on advancing to the semifinals of the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships. By advancing to the semifinals, she automatically qualified for a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 3-6 in Flushing N.Y.

Eric Stonestreet in MHK!
Finally, I enjoyed meeting Emmy Award winner and K-State graduate Eric Stonestreet this week as he made a trip back to campus, which included stops to both basketball workouts and a visit with Coach Snyder and the football team. Eric constantly promotes K-State on Twitter - we are proud to call him one of our own! Check out his show, Modern Family, each Wednesday night on ABC - very funny sitcom!

Be sure to follow us on twitter, facebook, k-statesports.com, K-StateHD.TV and K-State Sports Extra for all of the latest happenings in K-State Athletics. And forward the links at the top of this letter to your other K-State friends. We recently surpassed the 10,000 follower mark on Twitter and continue to add friends on facebook.

Thank you for your continued support of our student-athletes and we will see you Saturday in Lawrence for an exciting Sunflower Showdown!

Go Cats!