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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.

Wildcats Face "Hilton Magic" Tonight

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Malek Harris, guard Jevon Thomas and forward Stephen Hurt celebrate a late basket. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

January 20, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

When it comes to Big 12 men's basketball, there's no such thing as an easy game.

Q&A with Women's Basketball Forward Bre Lewis

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K-State's Breanna Lewis shoots the ball against Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 17, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

To view the video of Lewis' Q&A by K-StateHD.TV, please click here.

January 19, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra highlights a Wildcat student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month, K-State Sports Extra writer Kelly McHugh talks to women's basketball sophomore forward Breanna Lewis. 

Comeback Cats

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January 18, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

An electric atmosphere and a basketball team that never backed down - that was the scene yesterday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum as the K-State men's basketball team upset No. 22 Baylor, 63-61.

Busy Saturday in the Little Apple

By Kelly McHugh
January 17, 2015

With four home competitions, today is a busy day for K-State Athletics. It begins at 11 a.m., with track and field competing at Ahearn Field House, then at noon, women's tennis will take advantage of the warm weather and compete outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The day will then continue at Bramlage Coliseum with men's basketball at 2 p.m., and conclude with women's basketball at 7 p.m.

Unique Meet Provides Exciting Atmosphere

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January 16, 2015
By Kelly McHugh

Ahearn Field House is in for a treat this weekend.