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Wildcats Win Overtime Thriller

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K-State's Kindred Wesemann, Lauren Mertz and Erica Young celebrate after defeating Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 28, 2015. An Oklahoma State buzzer beater was waved off after the replay showed time had expired in the game. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 29, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball's 52-51 overtime win over Oklahoma State took grit. 

WVU Press Overcomes K-State

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K-State's Jevon Thomas and Thomas Gipson compete for a loose ball against West Virginia's Tarik Phillip at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 27, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 28, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Every game in the Big 12 is a battle.

K-State Honors Tex Winter | Part 2

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K-State athletics director John Currie and former K-State standout Ernie Barrett watch as K-State coaching legend Tex Winter is honored during a ceremony to dedicate Tex Winter Drive outside of the K-State Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on January 24, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 27, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

In the summer of 1960, Max Moss packed up a bag and headed west with his coach, Tex Winter.

K-State Honors Tex Winter | Part 1

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K-State coaching legend Tex Winter poses for a portrait before a ceremony to dedicate Tex Winter Drive outside of the K-State Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on January 24, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 26, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Every year on his birthday, Tex Winter receives a special delivery. 

Williams Does it Again

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Oklahoma State traps K-State's Nino Williams at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 24, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 25, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

The K-State men's basketball team (12-8, 5-2 Big 12) earned yet another Big 12 victory yesterday morning in Bramlage Coliseum as it took down the Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-6, 3-4 Big 12), 63-53.

Williams' Taking Each Game Like His Last

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January 24, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Nino Williams' approach to his senior season has been simple, yet affective - he's taking it one game at a time.

Baseball Embraces Newness, Begins 2015 Season

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K-State's Shane Conlon taga Wichita State's Dayne Parker at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 23, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

There's an excited buzz around the K-State baseball clubhouse today.

Lockett to Showcase Talents Saturday

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January 22, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

"Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat," Tyler Lockett said to a group of reporters in the tunnel of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, as he waved and walked away after his final game in K-State uniform.

Tennis Begins Spring Season on High Note

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K-State's head coach Danielle Steinberg warms up the Wildcats before the match against UNI at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on January 17, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

January 21, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Playing tennis outside in January - in Kansas - just doesn't happen often. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 20

Good Afternoon K-State Nation!

Today is the first day of spring semester classes, and it was great to see our students coming and going when I was on campus in historic Anderson Hall for President Schulz's cabinet meeting this morning.

Speaking of history, yesterday's holiday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., always reminds us of the fact that on January 19, 1968, Ahearn Field House was the site of Dr. King's last campus address prior to that tragic day in Memphis.  In fact, the notes that he used for the Ahearn address were found in his pocket after he was assassinated.  Building on this legacy, K-State's Office of Multicultural Programs and Diversity, led by Dr. Myra Gordon, provides terrific leadership in building an inclusive campus climate that fosters mutual understanding among diverse groups. Click here for more information on the university's multicultural programs.  Just to the south and east of Ahearn you can view the special pedestal bust honoring Dr. King and marking his speech here.

Last week was also a historic one for college athletics, starting with the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game in Arlington last Monday and concluding with the NCAA convention in the Washington DC area.  It was an honor to be able to attend both, but I must admit I was very glad when my American Airlines flight touched down in MHK Sunday night (totally full and a few minutes early I might add), and I am enjoying a stretch of at least seven straight nights in my own house!

My flight to the NCAA convention arrived in DC on Friday afternoon in time to have a great visit with former K-State fullback Larry Brown, who played at K-State for the late Vince Gibson before an all-star eight-year NFL career in Washington, including being named MVP in 1972.  In his post-playing days Larry has had a successful career in finance and commercial real estate.  It was fun to hear his stories about first coming to Dodge City Community College and then to Manhattan.

I then hopped in a cab and attended a spirited K-State Alumni Association reception with over 50 Wildcat grads and fans.  These DC gatherings remind us of the service and leadership of K-Staters - especially in the military.  Among those in attendance were senior officers from the Army and Navy and Air Force Brigadier General Ken Lewis, Jr., and his wife Micki.  If you are a DC area alum be sure and link up with the outstanding chapter there by clicking here.

Saturday's meetings were highlighted by the first-ever Autonomy Business and Voting sessions where five conferences, the Big 12, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, met to consider various reforms and enhancements for student-athlete welfare.  Each of the 65 schools (including Notre Dame) has one vote, and then each conference has three voting student-athlete representatives for a total of 80 votes.  I was so impressed with the comments from the student-athlete representatives, many of which were counter to what popular media opinion might have expected.  Of the many topics discussed, the majority of the attention was focused on the cost of attendance, four-year scholarships and concussion protocol proposals - all were passed, although most of these proposals were redundant to Big 12 bylaw enhancements announced in November.  I have said many times that there has never been a better time in the history of intercollegiate athletics to be a student-athlete, and we continue to work to make that experience even better.  The "cost of attendance" measure alone will mean $100+ million additional aid dollars being directly allocated to student-athletes annually beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

Our own President Kirk Schulz was elected as the new Chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors and will lead the organization's highest-ranking leadership group, which is comprised of 20 presidents and chancellors from all three NCAA divisions.  This is incredible testament to the national appreciation of President Schulz's leadership.  Click here for a full recap of the meetings by Big 12 correspondent Wendell Barnhouse.

On a related topic, I was also forwarded this interesting infographic from the Knight Commission by one of our staff members which is a snapshot of our spending and reflects favorably of both K-State's academic and athletic investment toward our students.