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Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 4

Good Evening K-State Fans!

It has been a great weekend to be a Wildcat with big wins by our women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball and football teams - including Coach Fritz's squad's upset of No. 2 Nebraska (to advance to the NCAA volleyball Sweet 16), and Coach Snyder's football charges capturing their 10th win of the season over Iowa State on senior day. Thanks to all the fans that braved the weather conditions on Saturday - you made a big difference, as you have all season, in yet another courageous win by our student-athletes!

Cats Headed to AT&T Cotton Bowl for #6 vs. #8 Matchup with Arkansas
Following a terrific year from Coach Snyder, our coaches and student-athletes, we're pleased to announce that we have accepted an invitation to play Arkansas in the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. The AT&T Cotton Bowl is one of the most storied and tradition-rich bowls in the country, and will kick-off January 6 in arguably the best venue in all of sports, Cowboys Stadium. Also, the Cotton Bowl will be one of only three bowls, in addition to the BCS National Championship, to have matchups of two Top 10 teams.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of our top out of state markets, from our large alumni base to recruiting grounds for all of our programs, and we are looking forward to this terrific opportunity. Executive Director Rick Baker, Chairman Tommy Bain and the entire Cotton Bowl organization are well-known for their high level of integrity and commitment to a world-class event.

We appreciate our fans' continued support of our football program by making it a priority to pack Bill Snyder Family Stadium with purple, and with our storied and nationally renowned bowl travel, we know that Wildcat Nation will descend upon the Dallas area and tremendously represent Kansas State University.

The demand and excitement surrounding the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is at an all-time high and K-State's allotment of 12,500 tickets has been sold out through pre-orders. Ticket locations for pre-orders will be assigned in order of the K-State Athletics Priority Point System and follow post-season priority limits. Ticket shipments are expected to be mailed by priority delivery at least two weeks prior to the game. Fans who did not pre-order tickets who wish to attend the Cotton Bowl should purchase tickets through the official ticket exchange on the AT&T Cotton Bowl website at www.attcottonbowl.com

Click here for more information on the bowl game, which includes student ticket information and official Alumni Association travel packages, and please forward this information to your K-State friends. Our home field advantage has been tremendous all year- thank you very much - and now it's time to turn Dallas purple.

Volleyball Headed to the Sweet 16!
Congratulations to Coach Fritz and our volleyball team on one of the most exciting wins in school history on Friday evening as the Wildcats took down the No. 2 Huskers in Lincoln for the first time since 2003 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Purple nation, along with our band and cheerleaders, showed up in Lincoln and made a huge difference in what is arguably the toughest environment in all of college volleyball. Following wins over Wichita State and Nebraska, the Cats will take on Pepperdine next weekend in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Basketball Update
Both the men's and women's basketball teams are coming off wins as Coach Martin and his squad knocked off George Washington at home last Thursday and Virginia Tech on the road earlier this evening for his 100th win as head coach, while the women's squad won an exciting overtime thriller with Iowa on Saturday night. Next up for the men is a matchup with West Virginia and former Wildcat head coach Bob Huggins in Wichita on Thursday night. We look forward to seeing you at INTRUST Bank Arena as we are excited to bring Wildcat basketball to our fans in the southern portion of the state.

That's it for today. Again, we are so proud of all our student-athletes and coaches and how they continually represent our university and community the right way, and we appreciate your support in providing them a world-class experience at K-State. See you soon at Bramlage Coliseum - or Thursday night in Wichita's INTRUST Bank Arena - and of course in Texas for the AT&T Cotton Bowl, and.......Go Cats!