A Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 9, 2017

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation!

Here's a belated Happy New Year wish for the K-State Nation as 2017 is perfect so far in Bramlage Coliseum with both our men's and women's teams capturing their first two Big 12 home contests, including wins over Oklahoma (men) and Texas Tech (women) this past Saturday. I was really proud of both squads showing toughness bouncing back from tough mid-week road losses. We had great crowds both games and appreciate each and every fan who makes the Octagon of Doom a fun environment for our team and tough place for our visitors!

With our 13-2 men's team joining our 12-4 women's team in the 25th slot in today's respective AP polls, it marks the first time since January 16, 2012, that both squads have been ranked simultaneously! Coach Weber and the men are off to Lubbock for Tuesday night's 8:15 p.m., ESPNews-televised game against 12-3 Texas Tech, and we look forward to seeing a big crowd in Bramlage Wednesday night for the women’s game against the Jayhawks, tipping off at 7 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Baylor's men's team puts its first-ever #1 national ranking to the test in Bramlage as we welcome back our students for the second semester. The #Doom will be rocking so click here for ticket information on both games, which includes a $5 ticket for the women’s game and Wildcat 4 Packs for the men’s contest.

With pundits already touting K-State Football as a 2017 Big 12 contender, let's take one last moment to congratulate Coach Snyder and our seniors on a tremendous Texas Bowl win over SEC opponent Texas A&M to cap off an exciting 9-4 season that saw the Cats close with six wins over the final seven games to finish as one of the nation’s hottest teams. Overall, the Big 12 boasted a 4-2 bowl record and, despite stereotypes, allowed the fewest opponent points of ANY league in bowl competition! Congratulations also to President Myers - now 1-0 in bowls!

With 18 players who started at least one game in 2016 expected to return, we look forward to the 2017 spring game - and congrats to football student-athlete Reggie Walker who earlier today was named a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American.

Remember that the Cats start the fall with home games on September 2 and 9 before another SEC game, at Vanderbilt in Nashville, on September 16. Make plans to be a part of the Purple Music City Take-Over!

Track and Field and Tennis Action Aplenty
Following a Bill Easton Classic performance that saw Coach Rovelto’s team win 10 events, the track and field squad (Women 18th and Men 30th in latest national rankings) will return to action on Thursday with the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular in Wichita, and mark your calendars for January 20-21 when the squad hosts the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Ahearn. Also this week, Coach Steinberg and the tennis team will open up the spring schedule as the Cats travel to Hawaii to face Washington Friday and the host-Rainbow Wahine on Saturday. Be sure to follow all the action on Twitter (@KStateTFXC @KStateTEN and @kstate_gameday) in addition to k-statesports.com.

Wildcats in the Playoffs
This past weekend marked the start of the NFL playoffs, and numerous former Wildcats began their quest for a trip to Houston and Super Bowl LI. Cornelius Lucas and the Detroit Lions squared off against the Seahawks – we certainly have had Tyler Lockett in our thoughts as he suffered a season-ending injury a few weeks ago and wish him a good recovery. Jordy Nelson and the Packers picked up a big win over the Giants - Jordy took a tough blow too yesterday and we have him in our thoughts as he gets healthy. Finney and the Steelers knocked off the Dolphins and will now head to Kansas City this weekend to face the Chiefs. Best of luck to these former Cats who make us #KStateProud.

Time Management Key Issue at Upcoming NCAA Convention
Next week our FAR, Dr. Be Stoney, Executive Associate AD Jill Shields, Senior Associate AD Lindsey Babcock and I will represent K-State at the 2017 NCAA Convention. Much time and energy will be devoted to discussions regarding potential time management rules for student-athletes, including mandatory additional days away from athletics activity. Stay tuned!

Ahearn Fund Going Strong
A special thank you to all Ahearn members who sent in gifts in December! Our fiscal year annual giving is ahead of the previous year as the Ahearn Fund is on another record pace. We appreciate your impact of providing a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience.

As the beginning of the spring semester draws near, we wish safe travels for all K-State students journeying back to America's #1 College Town! We will see you at Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Go Cats!
John Currie