When SiriusXM radio hosts Mark Packer and Houston Nutt arrived in Manhattan, they could feel the electricity of the college-town environment almost immediately.
Cohosts of SiriusXM Sports Nation's College Football Training Camp Tour 2013, Packer and Nutt have spent the past month touring the campuses of colleges nationwide and hosting their shows at the various universities.
Tuesday was K-State's turn.
While the show is primarily about different teams' training camps and preparation for the 2013 college football season, at K-State Packer and Nutt couldn't help but dwell on more than just football, and the duo took a look at the school's all-around athletic achievements.
"Normally our camp tours are football based, but I just thought at Kansas State that we would be doing a disservice to the school and our listeners given what a unique year they had," Packer, the son of legendary NCAA Tournament broadcaster Billy Packer said. "I think that it's up to us as a college sports channel that when we come into this, yeah we're going to talk about Coach Snyder and what's been built and his success, but to not acknowledge basketball and baseball after the year those teams and coaches had, that would be a mistake on our part."
Tuesday morning, Packer and Nutt were introduced to K-State Athletics Director John Currie and took a tour of the West Stadium Center. Nutt, the former head coach at Arkansas and Ole Miss among other stops, checked out a football practice, while they had lunch in Aggieville.
After given the full K-State experience, Packer and Nutt went on air live from the Vanier Football Complex. They talked to Currie, they talked to Voice of the Wildcats, Wyatt Thompson, and they talked to all three of K-State's 2012-13 Big 12 Coaches of the Year - Bill Snyder, Bruce Weber and Brad Hill - along with K-State players B.J. Finney, Ty Zimmerman, Tyler Lockett and Blake Slaughter, and Associate Head Coach Sean Snyder.
"The thing about Manhattan is they're winning championships left and right in the Big 12... You're winning like crazy here!" Packer laughed as he introduced Hill, his final on-air interview of the day.
It was a full agenda, but when it was all said and done, Packer and Nutt had only good to say about their time at K-State.
From the West Stadium Center to the Basketball Training Facility, the soon-to-be Rowing Center, Packer and Nutt weren't only impressed with Wildcat victories, but they were also impressed with the new facilities of K-State Athletics.
While it was Packer's first visit to Manhattan, Nutt had been to the campus before, however as a former football player for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the late 1970's and a graduate assistant a few years later, it had been a while since his last visit.
"I've been here before, but that was back in 1978 and '79," Nutt smiled. "I played here as an opponent, so when you come back and you see the buildings, and you see the growth and you get to meet all the different people and players, all those things are so fun to me."
When their 24-hour visit to Manhattan was over, the two packed up their bags and prepared for their next stop on the tour - Norman, Okla., to go on air with the Sooners football program.
"To see three champions, three coach of the years, I'll tell you what's so good," Nutt said, "Thefamily, you notice the name on the stadium - Bill Snyder Family Stadium - but really it's not just a word, there's something to it. It's his philosophy and every coach just playing off each other. You just love the togetherness and what's amazing is that word and those actions filter down into the players. I felt it on the field. It's been a great visit."
To check out more about College Sports Nation Camp Tour 2013 and listen to Packer and Nutt's show in Manhattan, visit http://www.siriusxm.com/collegesports.
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