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August 2013 Archives

Waters Strives for Consistency

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August 31, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Last night was the hottest home opener K-State had seen in over a decade, and even in the shade on the turf of Bill Snyder Family Stadium the temperature read 99 degrees at kick off.

Football Season has Arrived

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August 30, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

It's here. It's finally here.

The West Stadium Center is ready for you, Wildcat Nation, and the 2013 K-State Football team is ready too.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 29

Good Evening K-State Fans!

The clock is ticking down towards a historic day as we prepare for tomorrow morning's 11 a.m. West Stadium Center dedication, our fifth annual K-State Family Reunion and the 7:30 p.m. kick-off of the 2013 season!
 
This morning workers set up a huge stage and video screens outside the main stadium entrance in preparation for the dedication celebration which will include special video presentations and comments from Governor Sam Brownback, President Kirk Schulz and Head Coach Bill Snyder, among others. If you cannot make it to the event, tune into K-StateHD.tv for live coverage, and click here for our full release on the dedication ceremony. Parking in the stadium's west lot opens at 9 a.m. for the event and is free. The ceremony will conclude with a very, very special tribute to Coach Snyder and the entire family - you won't want to miss it!
 
The sold-out matchup between the Wildcats and Bison, which will be broadcast nationally to 90 million households on the new FOX Sports 1 with Craig Bolerjack, Joey Harrington and Ryan Nece on the call, will cap an exciting day at the stadium. I had the opportunity to catch up with the broadcast team earlier this afternoon - Craig is a 1981 K-State graduate, and we are proud to have him back in town as we help kick off FOX Sports 1's inaugural season. The crew raved about the new broadcast position and its modern amenities and features.
 
Words simply don't do justice to how grateful we all are for the collective efforts of literally thousands of people who worked together to make this facility a reality. This project would not have been possible without the incredible support of fans and the tireless efforts of our architects, AECOM/Heery, construction managers Mortenson/GE Johnson as well as our staff. Over 750,000 hours of labor and craftsmanship have gone into this project. And, when I saw the expressions on the faces of our football student-athletes on Saturday when they walked through the new "Performance Table" dining center, I was reminded again what college athletics is all about!

'Cats Perfect in August Openers

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August 29, 2013
By Mark Janssen

It was on one of those sticky humid days this summer that I started fiddling with a K-State media guide ... honestly, for no apparent reason.

A Change in Scenery for Erica Young



August 28, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

From the rolling waves of the gulf coast to the rolling Flint Hills, K-State women's basketball freshman Erica Young is a long way from home.

1963 Wildcats to Celebrate with 50th Reunion

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August 27, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 
*All photos courtesy of the 1964 Royal Purple Yearbook

Friday night seemingly a ka-zillion Wildcat faithful will gather for what has become an annual K-State Family Reunion as the 2013 football season opens against North Dakota State at the snazzy Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 27

Good Afternoon K-State Fans!

The fall semester is underway, and we are just three days away from our sold-out football opener against North Dakota State. Coaches Snyder, Fritz and Smith have been hard at work preparing our football, volleyball and cross country teams for season debuts.
 
Before we continue our look at all of the fan experience enhancements at Bill Snyder Family Stadium this season, I want to take a moment to commend our student body and student-athletes. Sunday night's new student convocation and Week of Welcome pep rally was terrific, and the enthusiasm displayed by the 6,000-plus students in attendance has me even more excited about Friday's game. This event has grown annually and is one that has become really special. Seeing all of our students - international, in-state, out-of-state and student-athletes - gather together to officially kick off the semester is another unique aspect of what makes K-State so special. After the pep rally, I know our student section of 9,000-plus strong, plus our band, cheerleaders and Classy Cats, will be rocking on Friday!
 

Six New Faces Prepare for 2013 K-State Volleyball Season


August 26, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Volleyball welcomes six new players to its 2013 roster.

Hubert Sets Sight on 1,000

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August 18, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

John Hubert tore through the 2011 season and pounded his way through 2012. The 5-foot-7 running back played key roles in crucial wins for K-State football and has rushed for over 100-yards seven times as a Wildcat.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 24

Good Afternoon K-State Fans!

With a record freshman class of K-State students moving into the residence halls this weekend and kickoff just six days away, there is a tremendous energy around MHK! We've been busy preparing for the start of another academic year and are fired up for tomorrow's new student convocation in Bramlage and Week of Welcome pep rally at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The best student section in the Big 12 will be rocking on Friday night -- yesterday we reached the 9,000 mark in student passes sold! This is almost 1,000 more than last year and looking at the student sales number of 5,600 in 2009 shows how far we've come! We are so grateful for the way K-State students support their peers competing on the field and court.

Friday night's 7:30 p.m. sold-out season-opener against North Dakota State, which will air to a national FOX Sports 1 television audience, will be a special night for all K-Staters. I know our fans are excited for the 2013 season and also their first look at the comprehensive improvements of Phase II of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan.

Yesterday afternoon I was excited to get a call from Dick Hazen in the state division of facilities management informing me that we had been formally issued our certificate of occupancy for the West Stadium Center. Completing this project in 16 months from groundbreaking to dedication -- and just eight months since the demolition of the old building -- required tremendous teamwork. I want to salute Dick, Diana Hutchinson, Anthony Fadale, Mark Wendland, Brian Love, our state and local fire marshals and all the other inspectors who worked proactively with our construction and design team to keep the project on schedule and ensure our fans and patrons will be enjoying a safe and secure facility.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 24

Good Afternoon K-State Fans!

With a record freshman class of K-State students moving into the residence halls this weekend and kickoff just six days away, there is a tremendous energy around MHK! We've been busy preparing for the start of another academic year and are fired up for tomorrow's new student convocation in Bramlage and Week of Welcome pep rally at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The best student section in the Big 12 will be rocking on Friday night -- yesterday we reached the 9,000 mark in student passes sold! This is almost 1,000 more than last year and looking at the student sales number of 5,600 in 2009 shows how far we've come! We are so grateful for the way K-State students support their peers competing on the field and court.

Friday night's 7:30 p.m. sold-out season-opener against North Dakota State, which will air to a national FOX Sports 1 television audience, will be a special night for all K-Staters. I know our fans are excited for the 2013 season and also their first look at the comprehensive improvements of Phase II of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan.

Yesterday afternoon I was excited to get a call from Dick Hazen in the state division of facilities management informing me that we had been formally issued our certificate of occupancy for the West Stadium Center. Completing this project in 16 months from groundbreaking to dedication -- and just eight months since the demolition of the old building -- required tremendous teamwork. I want to salute Dick, Diana Hutchinson, Anthony Fadale, Mark Wendland, Brian Love, our state and local fire marshals and all the other inspectors who worked proactively with our construction and design team to keep the project on schedule and ensure our fans and patrons will be enjoying a safe and secure facility.

A Life-Changing Experience for K-State Women's Basketball

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August 24, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

After returning from her team's 10-day, three-game trip in Italy, K-State women's basketball coach Deb Patterson said she has a few words of advice for everyone she meets: "Go visit Italy."

It's All in the Family

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August 23, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
 
There's just something about Bill Snyder Family Stadium that draws people to games.

Smith Aims to Walk Again

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August 22, 2013
By Mark Janssen

Imagine, if you will, that one day you're a coach of your son's track and basketball teams, and a hunk enough of a man to be nicknamed 'Big Dog' by your fellow workers.

Marcus Foster, Ready for Life as a Wildcat


August 21, 2013 
By Kelly McHugh

By the time the fall semester begins next week, freshman Marcus Foster will already have a taste of college life.

Coach Snyder Hasn't Changed

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August 20, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 
 
It's August... Bill Snyder's favorite month. 

WBB Italy Diary, #4: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 17, 2013

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ROME, Italy -
Ciao K-State Family!

We've already been in Italy for a week, can you believe it?! Day seven started off by scaring Jess to death. We were all loaded on the bus ready to head to Rome when Sara, one of our tour guides, called Jess off the bus in a very stern tone. Jess instantly had a look of worry as she stood up and walked off the bus to have a private conversation with Sara. While Sara was outside telling Jess that she and Kindred had outstanding charges in their room and we weren't going to be able to leave Florence until she paid them, all of us on the bus were organizing a surprise for her. After watching Jess squirm outside for about three minutes, Claire Coggins finally went to save her and told her they would cover the charges to the room. So Jess returned to the bus and as soon as she stepped on we all screamed HAPPY BIRTHDAY and sang to our little birthday girl. The look on her face was priceless when she finally figured out it was all a set up.

K-State Ends Italy Tour Unbeaten

Aug 17, 2013

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LATINA, Italy - Kansas State concluded the competition part of its trip through Italy undefeated on Saturday night with an 84-27 win over ASD Bull Basket. Following a final day of sightseeing in Rome, the Wildcats will return home on Monday morning.

K-State was led by the interior duo of senior Katya Leick and freshman Breanna Lewis, as the tandem combined for 30 points and 21 rebounds. Leick notched her second double-double of the trip with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The product of Grey Cloud Township, Minn., averaged team-highs of 17.0 points and 14.3 rebounds in the three games in Italy.

Lewis, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., carded her first double-double of the trip with 14 points and 10 rebounds. For the trip, Lewis averaged 7.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 18

Dear K-State Nation:

Earlier this evening at the annual Colbert-Fogler K-State golf fund-raising event, Coach Tim Norris announced that he is retiring as our head men's golf coach effective June 30, 2014.

Coach Norris has done a remarkable job of building our program almost from scratch into one which has won many tournaments, competed in the NCAA's, now has a tremendous facility and has produced two current PGA tour members while maintaining a near perfect academic record.

Tim, Shelley, Ashley and Tyler Norris are a tremendous K-State family and of the utmost integrity.  We have been blessed to have him as our men's golf coach!

Pelger, Brand Looking Forward to 2013 Season


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August 19, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

On the volleyball court, the relationship between the setter and middle blocker is crucial to a team's success.

Fans enjoy first glance of K-State's 2013 squad

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August 18, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State fans had the opportunity to check out the 2013 K-State football team Saturday evening for the first time at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Fall Football Kickoff in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Competitors and Friends, Sams and Waters fight for common goal

*Don't forget about the K-State Fall Football Kickoff tonight at 5 pm, click here for more information!

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August 17, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

From the outside looking in, it might be easy to assume the competition between K-State quarterbacks Daniel Sams and Jake Waters for a starting role on the Wildcat roster is completely cutthroat. 

WBB Italy Diary, #3: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 15, 2013

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FLORENCE, Italy -
Buon giorno K-State Family!

I'm back with even more to tell you about from our Italian tour. Days five and six were absolutely filled with touring and sight-seeing. We've spent the past two days in Florence, and although it's not famous for much more than the David statue by Michelangelo, I think this city has become the favorite for our team so far.

Day five started with a bus ride from Mestre to Florence in the morning. It was raining the entire bus ride, but as soon as we arrived and stepped off the bus, the clouds cleared and out came the sun; we have the best timing! As soon as we unloaded all of the bags, we met up with our Florence tour guide and immediately began to walk all around the city of Florence.

Two Decades Later, Ethridge Returns to Italy

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August 16, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Women's basketball assistant coach Kamie Ethridge experienced the Italian culture and lifestyle in full over two decades ago. She toured the sites, ate the food and took Italian lessons while competing in one of the best professional women's basketball leagues in the world.

Colbert Reflects on Amazing Round of 62

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August 15, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 
 
It was 10 years ago last month - July 25, 2003 - that Kansas State alum Jim Colbert made history for a golfer playing in a senior major golf tournament. 

WBB Italy Diary, #2: By Kelly Thomson

Aug 13, 2013

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MESTRE, Italy -
Ciao K-State Family!

It's hard to believe that we've only been in Italy for four days! Every day has been jam-packed with activities, tours, beautiful sites, and even a little basketball. As Coach Ethridge would say, "Who has it better than us?" We're so blessed to be able to spend these ten days touring such a beautiful country as a team and get to play at the same time!

Day 3 of our Italian tour began with a bus ride from Como to Verona, Italy. What a cool city! Verona is where the famous Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet was set. Although the story itself isn't true, the families (Capulets and Montagues) and the rivalry between them was not made up. We walked to the actual house of the Capulet family. While there we took turns taking pictures with the statue of Juliet and observed her balcony. After this we split up and wandered the streets of Verona on our own to purchase snacks. I'm afraid to tell you that before we make it back to the states, the country of Italy will completely run out of Stracietella (chocolate chip) gelato, as we've yet to pass a stand without Haley purchasing the largest cup or cone possible; and even going back for seconds. I'd be willing to bet that by the time we're done with our tour she will have eaten at least 2 gallons of this Italian ice cream.

WBB Italy Game Recap: vs Vicenza All-Stars

Aug. 12, 2013

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MONTEGROTTO, Italy - With another strong second half defensive effort and the interior domination by Katya Leick, Kansas State registered its second win on the team's three-game trip through Italy with an 80-32 victory over the Vicenza All-Stars on Monday night.

Leick, playing in just her second game in a Wildcat uniform and her second in almost three years, led a strong K-State effort on the boards and earned game most valuable player honors, as she tallied a double-double of 27 points and 24 rebounds including 15 on the defensive end. For the game, K-State hauled in 72 rebounds including 42 defensive boards to control the interior.

2013-14 Women's Basketball | Breanna Lewis


August 14, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The first K-State women's basketball player to hail from the state of Wisconsin, freshman forward Breanna Lewis is happy to be a part of the Wildcat family.

Snyder Not Into Frills, But...

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August 13, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 
 
Bill Snyder is not your flashy look-at-me kind of guy, but even he gazes out his office window from time to time and marvels at the $75-plus million West Stadium Center that will debut on August 30, when the Wildcats play North Dakota State. 

WBB Italy Game Recap: vs Italy All-Stars

Aug. 11, 2013

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NERVIANO, Italy. - On the strength of a 12-0 run and vise tight defense to close out the third quarter, Kansas State defeated the Italy All-Stars, 69-46, on Sunday evening in its first of three games in Italy.

K-State was paced by junior Haley Texada with 17 points, while adding three rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Bri Craig tallied 16 points, including four connections from beyond the arc, while carding five rebounds and an assist.

Playing by the international rules of FIBA, the Wildcats trailed just once in the game, as the Italy All-Stars captured a 19-18 lead early in the second quarter. K-State bounced back, as Texada scored nine of her 14 first half points in the frame to push K-State in front at the half, 34-29.

WBB Italy Diary, #1: By Kelly Thomson

Aug. 11, 2013

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COMO, Italy -
Buon giorno, K-State family!

Well, after one bus ride, two flights, and a combined 20 hours of traveling we finally made it to Italy! It was a long, exhausting day of travel, but it was well worth it as soon as we touched down at 9:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. Manhattan time) and began touring the beautiful city of Milan. As soon as we left the airport, we hopped on the bus and drove straight into the heart of Milan where we met our tour guide, Alfonza. We only spent a few hours in Milan before hopping on the bus and heading to our first overnight stop in Como. Upon arriving in Como, a few of us players and all of the coaches took a tram up to the top of a mountain overlooking the city of Como and Lake Como.

Back in Action, Blake Slaughter looks forward to the 2013 season

August 12, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

A year ago, linebacker Blake Slaughter had a tough decision to make.

It was August 2012, the month before his senior season would begin, and Slaughter was suddenly faced with a choice that would affect his collegiate football career immensely.

That choice was whether or not to redshirt the 2012 season.

K-State Volleyball Makes History in Russia

Click here for video highlights of K-State volleyball's first practice.

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August 11, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State volleyball's trip to Kazan, Russia, to represent the United States in the World University Games from July 6-17 meant a lot more than just volleyball.

Spradling, Gipson and Thomas head overseas

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August 10, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

While the K-State women's basketball team left yesterday for a 10-day, three-game trip to Italy, they weren't the only Wildcats headed to Europe. Three men's basketball players - senior guard Will Spradling, junior forward Thomas Gipson and freshman guard Jevon Thomas - are taking trips of their own to improve their games and gain extra experience before the season begins.

SiriusXM Visits K-State

August 9, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

On the Air, they called the vibe of the Little Apple "Wildcat Mania."

Klein at Work Helping Youth

August 8, 2013
By Mark Janssen 

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Collin Klein is one of those former players who say, "Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat."

Like father, like son

August 7, 2013
By: Kelly McHugh

Growing up, freshman point guard Nigel Johnson didn't think anything of it. 

Leadership, Character Must be Replaced

August 6, 2013

By Mark Janssen

Winning teams and teams with good leadership seem to go hand-in-hand, as championship teams are normally said to have great character.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 5

Good Afternoon K-State Fans!
 
I pulled back into Manhattan yesterday after being out of town for the last few weeks, and I must say I'm blown away by how much our athletics complex has changed!  Driving along Kimball Avenue from east to west I passed the new Intercollegiate Rowing Center, which is nearing completion, then the resurfaced (finally!) east parking lot and finally the West Stadium Center - amazing progress! After my son and I unpacked the car, I drove back over and toured the WSC - I'll tweet a few pictures for you today.

Now, on to business. In my previous five letters we reported on our progress over the last four years towards our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program and our five core goals.  In keeping with our commitment to transparency today it is our pleasure to share with you our projected fiscal year 2014 budgeted revenues and expenses, and if you click here you can see both sides of our fifth "budget card" which of course I'll be carrying in my pocket at all times!
 
For FY14 we are projecting a balanced budget of $60 million, a $1.95 million increase over last year and a 36 percent increase from our 2010 budget of $44.1 million.

Our largest revenue sources will again be the combined $30.68 million in ticket purchases by our loyal fans and individual contributions by our Ahearn Fund donors, along with our projected Big 12/NCAA revenue share of $21 million. Keep in mind that the Big 12 now has equal sharing of all conference television, bowl and other revenue.  And while our Big 12 revenues have doubled since 2009, that grass-roots support of our fans and donors is still the largest source of support for K-State student-athletes.
 
On the expense side, approximately 57 percent of our budget is in the direct operations of our teams - scholarships, sports medicine, coaching, travel, recruiting, etc.
 
It has become fashionable lately for national critics to question the worth of an athletic scholarship, usually with derisive comments along the lines of "all they get is..." (although our readers who are currently funding their children's tuition or paying down their student loans probably aren't in this camp!) So, you may have asked yourself what exactly is the value of a K-State athletic scholarship?
 

K-State captains prepare for new season

August 5, 2013

By Kelly McHugh

With reporting day behind them, K-State football is now hard at work preparing for the 2013 season. From now on, it's all football all the time. And for this year's captains, the responsibility of leading their teammates both on and off the field has never been more important than now.

K-State Women Looking Forward to... Pasta

Click here for the K-State Women's Basketball video special: Preparing for Italy 

 August 4, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 

 Deb Patterson calls it a "wonderful high quality life experience and educational experience" that her Kansas State women's basketball team is preparing for in Italy.

K-State goes PINK

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August 3, 2013 
By: Kelly McHugh


Get excited, ladies, you can finally lounge around your house in both comfort and style while still supporting your Wildcats, and guys, gift giving just got a whole lot easier.

With a blank slate ahead, K-State Football reports for the 2013 season

By Kelly McHugh

For the K-State football program, August 2 is a day that marks new beginnings. The slate ahead is clean; the 2013 season begins today.