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December 2013 Archives

Colbert on Snyder: The Man, The Coach, The Golfer

K-State's head coach Bill Snyder speaks to the media during a press conference at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 27, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
December 31, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
Jim Colbert is a story teller, for sure, and this is one of his favorites from 20 years ago. 

Former Wildcats Reunite Before Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Jerry Lawson, Lynn Larson and Ron Rossello (K-State Football, 1970), at the Golden Cats event in Chandler, Ariz., on Dec. 28, 2013 (Photo by Kelly McHugh/K-State Athletics)
December 30, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

When it was announced in early December that K-State would compete in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, perhaps no one was more excited than former Wildcat Lynn Larson.

The Streak is Broken

Seniors Ty Zimmerman, Blake Slaughter and Tre Walker and junior B.J. Finney celebrate a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl win over Michigan on Dec. 28, 2013 at Sun Devils Stadium in Tempe Ariz. (Photo by Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics) 

December 29. 2013
By Kelly McHugh

TEMPE, Ariz. - When the final whistle blew last night at Sun Devil Stadium, K-State felt an emotion it hadn't felt in more than a decade.

Game Day.

December 28, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Today's the day.

It's K-State's final game day of the year, and the day the team has been preparing for for nearly a month.

K-State Enjoys a Day with the Media

K-State's head coach Bill Snyder is interviewed by Ryan Mueller during media day at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 26, 2013. K-State plays Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on December 28, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 27, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Each and every day in Arizona brings something new for the K-State football team.

Cats Mix Business and Pleasure on Christmas

K-State's football team plays games at The Main Event in Tempe, Arizona on December 25, 2013. K-State plays Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on December 28, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 26, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State football's trip to Arizona has been a balancing act so far.

A Very Merry Wildcat Christmas

December 25, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Merry Christmas from the K-State Football team!

1993 Copper Bowl... 20 YEARS AGO

December 24, 2013
By Mark Janssen

It's hard to believe that it was 20 years ago - December 29, 1993 - that Kansas State thrashed the Wyoming Cowboys in the Copper Bowl, which in reality, is now the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl that K-State will be playing in against Michigan.

K-State Football Arrives in Arizona

K-State's associate head coach Sean Snyder and head coach Bill Snyder walk through a snow storm to the team charter at Manhattan Regional Airport in Manhattan, Kansas on December 23, 2013. K-State plays Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on December 28, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

December 24, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

CHANDLER, Ariz. - K-State Football has arrived in the sunny Arizona and is ready to take on a week of preparation for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

A Behind the Scenes Look at the K-State Football Equipment Staff

12:40pm - K-State's Tyler Hanna packs clothes into athletic department staff bags at the Vanier Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on December 18, 2013 for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. (All photos by Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

*For a full photo gallery of the K-State Football Equipment crew's hard work click here.

December 23, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

On Saturday evening, Dec. 28, the K-State football team will take on Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Mueller's Goal for Bowl is Simple: Win

December 22, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Over the summer, Ryan Mueller sat down and made a list of his goals for the upcoming 2013 season. There was no goal too big, no achievement too great for the junior defensive end as he looked forward to what was, then, a blank slate ahead.

Wildcats Knock Off No. 21 Gonzaga

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Wildcats Knock Off No. 21 Gonzaga

December 22, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball overcame odds yesterday in Wichita as it took down the 21st-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 72-62, in the Wichita Wildcat Classic.

Yesterday afternoon's victory continued a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats, and the team has remained perfect through the month of December.

Yesterday afternoon's victory continued a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats, and the team has remained perfect through the month of December.It was freshman Marcus Foster and junior Thomas Gipson who led the Wildcats on the court, both scoring 14 points. Foster's SportsCenter Top-10 worthy dunk was one of the second-half highlights for K-State. Along with Foster and Gipson, freshman Wesley Iwundu and senior Shane Southwell also scored in the double digits recording 13 and 11 points, respectively.

For a complete recap of yesterday's win, click here

Wildcats Set for Wichita Wildcat Classic

December 21, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Thomas Gipson said his team's goal for December was to go 7-0.

2013 Football Season Review

December 20, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

For K-State football, the 2013 season saw its share of ups and downs.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 19

Dear Wildcat Nation,

At this special time of the year, I would like to wish each and every one of you Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from both the Currie and K-State Athletics families.

For many of us, in addition to spending time with our friends and families, the holidays are synonymous with K-State bowl games, and I know we are excited to head back to the Valley of the Sun this year. We look forward to seeing a sea of purple in Arizona next week! I am so proud of Coach Snyder and our team for the resiliency and perseverance displayed this season which has culminated with a December 28 matchup in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines, college football's winningest program.

As a reminder, great seats in the official K-State allotment of Sun Devil Stadium are still available, and these locations are among the best of any bowl game. If you haven't made your plans or bought game tickets, be sure and visit k-statesports.com/bowlgame for more information, including pep rally and other bowl week details. There is still time to secure your spot for what will be another exciting postseason bowl experience; and it would make a nice Christmas gift!

Part II: Snyder Defied "Allllll" the Odds

December 19, 2013
By Mark Janssen

This writing is a bit of a follow up from Tuesday's look-back to how Kansas State football was before Bill Snyder.

K-State Baseball Gives Back

December 18, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

After K-State men's basketball defeated Ole Miss, and after fans filed out of Bramlage Coliseum, the K-State baseball team hung around.

Part I: Appreciating the Present by Reflecting on the Past

December 17, 2013
By Mark Janssen 

I think we can all agree that dwelling on the distant past of Kansas State's football program doesn't accomplish a great deal. 

Q&A (Christmas!) Special with Blake Slaughter

December 16, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

It may be cold outside, but K-State senior linebacker Blake Slaughter doesn't seem to mind. A football player filled with Christmas spirit, Slaughter was chosen for this month's Sports Extra Q&A. From his favorite present to his favorite reindeer, Slaughter spills the beans on his favorite Christmas traditions.

K-Staters Ready to Paint Tempe Purple

December 15, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

If you want to see someone who loves her job, look no further than K-State Alumni Association President and CEO Amy Button Renz.

K-State Graduates 30 Student-Athletes

December 14, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Today, K-State Athletics will celebrate the graduation of 30 of its student-athletes. 

Back in Action

December 13, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State track and field team has been preparing since the summer for the 2013-14 indoor season, and today, it will have the opportunity to see if all its training has paid off. 

How Well do You Know Your Wildcat Bowl History?

December 12, 2013
Mark Janssen

The story has been told often times ... including right here on Sports Extra.

A Time of Giving for K-State Student-Athletes

December 11, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

For K-State student-athletes, this time of year is always the busiest. 

December 11, 1982: K-State Gained its Independence

December 10, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
It was the 1981 season... something drastic had to be done in the K-State football camp. 

Going Bowling

December 9, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The Wildcats are headed south to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

K-State to Find Out Bowl Destination, Opponent Tonight

December 8, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

At some point this evening, K-State's much anticipated bowl destination and opponent will be announced.

A Leader On and Off the Court

December 7, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

While K-State women's basketball senior Chantay Caron is looked to as a team leader to her young teammates on the court, off the court she is an example to be followed as well.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 6

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation,

I trust you are staying warm on this chilly day - it was certainly plenty warm in Bramlage last night, and I would like to start out today by thanking each and every fan who comprised the energetic crowd we had last night. The student section was tremendous and helped our players respond down the stretch for a big 61-58 ESPN2 win over Ole Miss - another victory for our conference in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Big 12 is now 4-2 in the challenge with wins by K-State, Iowa State (Auburn), TCU (Mississippi State) and Texas (Vanderbilt) so pull for our conference brethren in the big games tonight and over the next few days. Click here for highlights of last night's win over Ole Miss.

Coach Andy Kennedy has done a fine job building the Ole Miss program and brought an experienced and undefeated squad into Bramlage last night. Did you read his post-game comments about our crowd?

"I think both teams played extremely hard. We knew that coming in here was going to be a great environment. It is my first time being here, and I cannot say enough about the students here and how they get into it. You guys (K-State) are a little spoiled. We do not get to see that very often. In our league, obviously Kentucky, we are going to play in front of 23,000, and Arkansas in front of 18,000, but not like that. They (fans) were really into it. I thought it made for a very fun, festive college environment."

As this group of young men continues to work hard and improve, that supportive Bramlage atmosphere means so much to Coach Weber and our players. We look forward to seeing you for our next  home game at 7 p.m., Tuesday against South Dakota, followed by a December 15 tilt vs. Troy. Let's keep Bramlage rocking and packed with purple - and we are expecting a great crowd for the December 21 Wichita Wildcat Classic game against 15th-ranked Gonzaga at INTRUST Bank Arena. Tickets are going fast so be sure and reserve your spot now - click here for more information. The K-State Alumni Association and Wichita Catbackers are also holding a pregame party in Wichita prior to the Gonzaga game from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Eaton Venue, which is less than two blocks from the arena. More information about the cost and registration are available by clicking here.

Hubert Overcomes Odds for a Record-Breaking Season

December 4, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Going into his senior season, John Hubert knew all eyes would be on him.

10 Years Ago This Weekend: Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7

November 5, 2013
By Mark Janssen

It was October 11, 2003. Kansas State had just lost to Oklahoma State, after losing to Texas the week before that, and being stunned by Marshall the Saturday before that.

Wildcats Take on Ole Miss in Big 12-SEC Challenge

December 4, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 5 to host one of the biggest non-conference opponents it's seen at home in the past three years - the SEC's undefeated Ole Miss Rebels.

Great 'Comeback' Year for Wildcats

December 3, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 
Year No. 118 of Kansas State is in the books (with the exception of the bowl game) with the completion of the remarkable turnaround of a 7-5 season. 

K-State Athletics Top Moments | November 2013

K-State Athletics Top Moments | November 2013

December 2, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The past month has been an exciting one for K-State Athletics. Here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as November's greatest.

K-State Athletics Top Moments | December 2013

January 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

December has been an exciting month to be a Wildcat. A month jam-packed with memorable moments and exciting games, it was, perhaps, the best way to cap off one of the best years in K-State Athletics history. From underdog wins to record-breaking performances, K-State Sports Extra has listed off the past month's top moments to help ring in the New Year.

Wildcats Cap Off Regular Season with Sunflower Series Victory

December 1, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The 2013 football season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the K-State Wildcats (7-5, 5-4 Big 12), and if you've followed the team, your emotions have seen their share of highs and lows.