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Conlon Reflects Back on Wildcat Career

K-State's Shane Conlon runs to first base against Oklahoma at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 8, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 9, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Shane Conlon will dress in uniform and take the field of Tointon Family Stadium for the final time on Sunday. Coming off of an exciting 5-0 win over Oklahoma last night in the Wildcats' first game of their final home series this year, Conlon's career with the Bat Cats will be celebrated in a special Senior Day celebration before today's 2 p.m., game.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 8

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

After a productive week in Phoenix at Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl meetings, it feels awesome to be finally heading home to Manhattan this afternoon.  Our thoughts have certainly been with those affected by the heavy rains and flash flooding around town earlier this week and the spring storms in the region over the last few days.

Before we get into our regular updates, let me brief you about our conference meetings.  This annual gathering is referred to as our "coaches" meetings as in attendance were our football and men's and women's basketball coaches, in addition to our senior women's administrators and the Big 12 staff.  Other conferences including the Pac-12, Mountain West, MAC and CUSA hold similar meetings at the same complex, so it is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues around the country.

During our stretch of meetings we had joint discussions with our three coaching groups, a meeting just with the AD's and SWA's, a meeting with each coaching group individually and some discussions between the AD's and commissioner only.  Each of the groups met individually, as well, and we had presentations from our league media partners ESPN and FOX and reviews of the past season from our respective officials supervisors.

Over the course of two days we had some terrific discussion on many subjects including the highly publicized topic of our football tiebreaker, formulation of our positions on legislation the Big 12 and NCAA will be considering to improve the student-athlete experience and sites for future sports championships.  Attracting the most media attention, of course, was the ongoing discussion of our round-robin schedule method of crowning a football champion in light of the most recent College Football Playoff meetings.

I was so impressed within the room of the thoughtfulness of our colleagues on the football championship issue.  The solid consensus among the AD's was that we need to stay the course with our philosophy while we continue to evaluate the evolution of the CFP era.

Overall it was so encouraging to not just hear the subject matter but also the tone of our intra-conference discussions, especially considering that five years ago, at the same hotel, was when the conference realignment troubles picked up what became unstoppable momentum.  Half a decade later we have a great sense of camaraderie and positive momentum in the Big 12 and our future seems brighter than ever.  Click here for Commissioner Bowlsby's video recap of the spring meetings.

K-State Baseball Celebrates Senior Class

K-State's Carter Yagi fields a ground ball against Arkansas State at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 3, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 8, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State baseball team (23-25, 7-11 Big 12) returns to Tointon Family Stadium tonight at 6:30 p.m., to take on the Oklahoma Sooners (30-21, 11-7 Big 12) in its final home series of the 2015 season. 

Student-Athletes Reflect Back on Exciting Year

K-State's women's track and field team wins Women's Team of the Year during the Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas on May 6, 2015.

May 7, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Wildcat student-athletes from every sport gathered together yesterday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn to celebrate an exciting year for K-State Athletics. 

Talley to Represent K-State at NCAA Regionals

K-State's Madison Talley watches her tee shot during the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas on September 9, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 6, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Madison Talley may be young, but that hasn't stopped her from performing at a high level on the golf course this season. 

Leadership Academy Successful in First Year

Team Purple, made up of Clayton Dalrymple, Kindred Wesemann, Dani Winterd, Madison Talley and Palma Juhasz, pose for a photo after winning the Student-Athlete Leadership Academy Minute to Win it Challenge.

May 5, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State Athletics Student-Athlete Leadership Academy wrapped up its first year of existence last week with an evening filled with fun and games. 

Thrilling Sixth Inning Secures Victory for Cats

K-State's Tyler Moore celebrates his home run with third base coach Andy Sawyers against Arkansas State at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 3, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 4, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State baseball team handed it to Arkansas State yesterday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium as the Wildcats defeated the Red Wolves, 12-6, in the rubber match of the three-game series. 

Career Cats Presents Unique Opportunity for Student-Athletes

May 3, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State student-athletes traded in their cleats, sneakers and uniforms for dress shoes, suits and ties earlier this week as they gathered for the annual Career Cat Luncheon.

Lockett Hears Name Called in Third Round

May 2, 2015

Tyler Lockett received a very special phone call yesterday evening.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 30

Good Evening K-State Nation,

Congratulations and thanks are in order to the K-State Nation for turning out in record fashion last weekend in Kansas City for our spring football game despite the chilly and rainy weather.  I apologize for not being in attendance as my family and I were in North Carolina following the passing of my father last week.  I have heard great things about the day from President Schulz and our staff.  I've also spoken with a number of student-athletes since Saturday, and all were appreciative of the unique opportunity they had to play in Sporting Park and were excited to run out of the tunnel before a packed house of 17,000-plus fans. Thank you!

And speaking of football excitement, we are tracking toward extending our consecutive sellout streak to 27 games in 2015 as our renewal rate for football season tickets is currently beyond 97 percent - even better than last year's final figures!  Appointment times for seat assignments and upgrades will be sent out by email next week, and we look forward to another exciting season beginning with South Dakota at 6:10 p.m. on September 5.

It is great to be back home in Manhattan, and we have had a busy week in the office.  In addition to catching up on paperwork I have done several exit interviews with graduating student-athletes in multiple sports.  It is great to get a first-hand perspective on their view of their experience and their evaluation of our progress toward our goal of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program - as well as ideas for improvement.

I also had a nice visit with B.J. Finney at the end of today as he stopped by the compliance office to pick up his last check from Ms. Vera.  We wish B.J., Tyler and our other graduated football student-athletes the best of luck as the NFL Draft gets started tonight!

And now, let's get to some updates from around the department.