A Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 23, 2015

Season’s Greetings Wildcat Nation,

While some may be enjoying the holiday renditions of “Joy to the World” or “White Christmas” this week, from my office on the third floor of the Vanier Family Football Complex I hear the constant and beautiful refrain of bulldozers and jackhammers as Phase IIIB of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan is well underway!  Click here to visit our web camera and see the progress that Mortenson-GE Johnson are already making on completing the bowl in time for the 2016 football season.

We hope that each of you has the opportunity this week or in the next few weeks to relax and spend some time with your family and friends during the holidays.  For K-State student-athletes it is a well-deserved break after a great academic semester and solid fall of competition.

Of course, for basketball getting to head home on a winning streak is a great bonus and last night the men's team improved to 9-2 with a 63-49 win over North Dakota, while the week started off with a dominating 84-45 performance over Western Illinois from the now 10-1 women’s basketball team.  Congrats to Coach Mittie and our program as he became the first coach in program history to start 10-1 in their first two seasons and also is just the second current Big 12 head coach to do so, joining Baylor’s Kim Mulkey.  We had great crowds at both games.  Remember that next week is packed with action in the Octagon of Doom with a men's game versus Saint Louis on Tuesday, December 29, at 7 p.m., the women's Big 12 opener vs Iowa State on December 30, at 7 p.m. and then the men's conference opener on Saturday, January 2, as we host No. 18 West Virginia.  Great packages are available for all three games so round up your #KStateFamily and friends who are in town for the holidays and head over to Bramlage Coliseum. Click here for more information, including how to take advantage of our new mobile ticketing option which will make it more efficient to have your tickets delivered!

Meanwhile, Coach Snyder and the football team also continue working hard in preparation for the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on January 2.  The team and travel party will depart for Memphis on Monday, while the game will kick at 2:20 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPN.  Be sure to arrive early for our annual Alumni pep rally AutoZone Park at 12 p.m. on New Year’s Day (click here for more details).  We are proud that 22 football student-athletes will head to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl having already graduated from K-State, which is the third-highest figure among all bowl teams this season.  And, congrats to former Wildcats Darren Sproles and Tyler Lockett on being named last night to the Pro Bowl as special teams returners!

On a more solemn note, many members of the K-State family, including myself, attended the memorial services for longtime university vice-president and former athletics director Bob Krause on Monday at the All Faiths Chapel on the K-State campus. Bob spent a majority of his career working hard to move K-State forward and cared deeply about the university, athletics program and the Manhattan community.  Our sincerest condolences are extended to his wife, Marty, his children and family.

As 2015 comes to a close, I want to reflect back on what has not only been a tremendous fall but an entire calendar year as well.  The great across-the-board success this fall in football, volleyball, cross country, equestrian, golf, rowing, tennis, among others, coupled with another great year in the classroom, a record-breaking year for the Ahearn Fund and great new additions to our coaching staffs and facility infrastructure have made 2015 a tremendous year of progress toward our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.  It is amazing what a wonderful group of coaches, student-athletes, staff and the best fans in America are accomplishing together.

Here's wishing you and yours a safe and peaceful holiday season.

Go Cats!