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Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 22

Good morning Wildcats,

Last week, the Big 12 Conference family suffered a terrible loss when Oklahoma State head women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died in a plane accident while returning from a recruiting trip. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families as well as the entire Oklahoma State community during these tough circumstances. Memorial services were held yesterday in Stillwater with Coach Deb Patterson and Associate Athletics Director Chad Weiberg making the trip down to represent Kansas State University and pay their respects.

As we head into the Thanksgiving holidays, it has been a very busy yet exciting month around the department.

A Weekend of Wildcat Victories
Against the somber backdrop of the OSU tragedy, it was a very successful weekend for your Wildcats - starting with Friday night's thrilling women's basketball win over Missouri State and continuing with Saturday's volleyball and equestrian victories over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, respectively. The night cap of course was Coach Snyder's football 'Cats downing the Longhorns 17-13 in front of the largest crowd ever to see a K-State football game, 100,705 in Darrell K. Royall Texas Memorial Stadium. That crowd included several thousand faithful clad in purple and making themselves heard from start to finish. Congratulations to all our student-athletes for an outstanding weekend effort!

And on Monday Martina Ran... at the NCAA Championships!
Martina Tresch capped off a terrific junior season by finishing 47th at yesterday's NCAA Cross Country Championships in Indiana. Her time of 20:35.6 was the fastest of her five total races at the course in Terre Haute, while she improved upon her 75th place finish at last year's NCAA Championship. Congrats to Martina, Coach Smith and the cross country team for another good year.

Bowl Game Planning
As we move closer to the December 3 regular season finale with Iowa State we are in constant contact with our Big 12 bowl partners. Remember that although our priority deadline is November 30th, pre-orders NOW are very helpful in positioning K-State for the best possible post-season destination. Click here for more information and please forward this information to your K-State friends.

Senior Recognition and Fan Appreciation Day Highlights Iowa State Football Game
Please make a special effort to be in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on December 3 as 22 seniors will play their final home football game as a Wildcat in front of a FSN national television audience at 11:30 a.m. Tickets still remain so let's pack the stadium with purple!

Did you know you can purchase four Iowa State tickets for just $99 total? Even if you already have tickets for the game, this is a great opportunity to invite a friend, neighbor or business associate who doesn't regularly get to experience the excitement of Big 12 football. Additional savings are available for groups of 12 or more - contact Adam Prough in our ticket office at (785) 532-6650 for more information - while Section 28 student guest tickets are also available for pass-holders at the ticket office for just $20. Also, in appreciation of your support this season, specially priced concession packages and other items will be available. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

And... this is a BIG GAME! The 'Cats are 9-2, ranked #11 in the BCS national standings and a K-State victory over Iowa State would secure at least a share of second place in the Big 12, while a victory coupled with an Oklahoma State loss would give us a share of the 2011 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP!

Our home field advantage has been tremendous all year- thank you very much!

Men's Basketball Tonight
Speaking of home advantages, Coach Martin and the 2-0 men's basketball team host Maryland-Eastern Shore tonight at 7 p.m. on 1-7FA Regiment Appreciation Night at Bramlage Coliseum. Come out and support the Cats as tickets are still available for as little as $20.

Volleyball Hosts KU in Home Finale/WBB in Cancun
Coach Fritz and the volleyball team will look to solidify their NCAA tournament resume with their 20th win of the season when the Jayhawks visit Ahearn Field House at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. Tickets can be purchased for just $3 when you bring a canned food item, and selected concession items will be available for just $1. Come out and support Coach Fritz and our student-athletes as they conclude the 2011 regular season.

I also want to wish the 2-0 women's basketball team the best of luck as Coach Patterson and the squad travel to Cancun to face Hofstra and Purdue in the Cancun Challenge on Thursday and Friday. Check back to k-statesports.com for complete coverage from Mexico.

Football Sets Record for Academic All-Big 12 Performers/Volleyball Shines Too
Congratulations to the 16 total football players that were named Academic All-Big 12 last week, including a school-record 11 first team selections! First team selections included Tysyn Hartman, who will be attending the NFF banquet in New York as a finalist for the Campbell Trophy in a few weeks, Logan Dold, Laton Dowling, Brian Hertzog, Alex Hrebec, Payton Kirk,  Jared Loomis, Zach Nemechek (4.0 student!), Curry Sexton, Travis Tannahill and Jordan Voelker. Second team selections included senior Cole Bachamp, Colten Freeze, Zach Hanson, Collin Klein and Jonathan Truman.

Coach Fritz saw six of her volleyball student-athletes also earn Academic All-Big 12 honors last week, including five first team honorees in Caitlyn Donahue, Kathleen Ludwig, Alex Muff, Lilla Porubek and Courtney Traxson. Dakota Kaufman was named to the second team. What a terrific example of the commitment our student-athletes make toward achieving both academic and on the field success.

Finally, from the Currie's and your K-State Athletics family, please accept our wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Remember to thank our servicemen and women and their families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe and free. Happy Thanksgiving and...

Go Cats!