A Letter from AD John Currie - June 9
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Dear Wildcat Nation,
Good morning from Manhattan! We adjourned just a few hours ago from our latest 7 a.m. head coaches meeting and every time we gather as a group to discuss various matters, I am again reminded how lucky we are to have such a fine group of coaches leading our student-athletes and programs here at K-State.
It has been an eventful week around the country in intercollegiate athletics and I thought it was very important to provide you with an update. Our fans have been instrumental in helping us get to where we are today, and we will continue to rely on your support as we move closer to our goal of a model intercollegiate athletics program.
As you may be aware, last week’s Big 12 Conference meetings in Kansas City centered on potential conference realignment, which has caused a lot of conflicting media reports that typically are speculation built upon speculation built upon assumptions that may or may not be relevant or real. Such speculation can certainly be uncomfortable for some, but I'm very optimistic about our league and it continuing to prosper, grow and thrive. And I believe that we can continue to be what we are now, which is a league that from an athletics perspective has a dominant position in college athletics. For your reference, are here is our joint news release with the University that was released last week and the Kansas Board of Regents’ statement regarding our commitment to the Big 12.
Kansas State is a special place and we are proud of its current position. I am excited about the University’s direction under President Schulz, whose visionary plan has K-State on track to become recognized nationally as a Top 50 public research University. With 38 nationally-ranked academic programs, K-State also is the only research University in the United States to have three national CASE/Carnegie professors of the year.
Manhattan, which was named one of the 50 best places to live in America according to Men’s Journal, is one of the true classic college towns in the country, and our family has enjoyed every minute of living here. Sporting News also ranked the Little Apple at No. 91 in its latest Best Sports Cities rankings, while the addition of non-stop American Airlines flights into Manhattan has made direct travel into the community even more convenient. The city of Manhattan also announced just yesterday that non-stop jet service to Chicago will be available beginning in November!
As an athletics department, our student-athletes and programs have enjoyed success both on the field and in the classroom, largely in part due to your unwavering support. Academically, we are extremely proud that K-State has led the Big 12 in graduation rate in each of the last three years, while 211 student-athletes were named Monday to the Big 12 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and later today, we will have even more good news as the NCAA releases its latest APR scores and data. Academic success is a top priority for us here at K-State and we are fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated student-athletes, coaches, faculty and academic staff.
From the return of Coach Snyder to our football program to our equestrian program’s Reserve National Championship to the men’s basketball run to the Elite Eight, we have also had a very successful and memorable 2009-10 athletic season. Looking back, here are some of the highlights from this past year:
And, we still have two squads wrapping up competition as five members of our track and field team will be in Eugene, Ore., this weekend for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Good luck to Beverly Ramos, Martina Tresch, Moritz Cleve, Jeffrey Julmis and Erik Kynard as they all look to compete for national titles and add to the list of memorable athletic moments.
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It is less than three months from the start of the football and volleyball seasons and we hope to see you September 4 for the second-annual K-State Family Reunion. I am pleased to report that football ticket sales are ahead of 2009 sales figures compared to this same date a year ago. And, we are grateful and pleased that our annual Ahearn Fund giving has exceeded last year’s amount by more than $2 million! It is you who helps drive the success of all our athletic teams by coming to ballgames and joining the Ahearn Fund, and we are looking forward to seeing you in Bill Snyder Family Stadium this fall.
Both season football tickets and special mini-packages remain available for purchase at k-statesports.com or by calling 1-800-221-CATS. Single-game tickets, including tickets to the September 18 game at Arrowhead Stadium against Iowa State, go on sale Monday. A full list of ticket prices and options can also be found online at k-statesports.com.
I hope you all have had an enjoyable start to your summer. Again, your support has been a big part of the success we have had during my first year here at K-State in fact, I celebrated the one-year mark of being on the job here at K-State last night with a wonderful Catbacker event in Salina. It has been a great 12 months, and our staff has worked extremely hard, but there is plenty of work yet to be done! Go Cats!