A Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to the Wildcat Nation!

With so much of our daily routine consumed by work, sporting events, etc., it’s easy to take for granted the real meaningful and priceless things in life - I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Mary Lawrence, our three terrific children, and the opportunity that we have to raise our family here in America’s No. 1 College Town.  We are glad to have my mom in town for the holiday and looking forward to spending time together watching some Wildcat basketball on Thursday and Friday before our Senior Day football game against the Jayhawks on Saturday morning and volleyball Senior Night later in Ahearn that evening.

Here at K-State we have a lot to be thankful for and look forward to – a vibrant university with a new leader in President Myers, who is the perfect choice to continue our progress toward becoming a Top 50 public research university; a community and national fan base that continue to support our university and athletics program at unprecedented levels; an athletics department team all pulling in the same direction toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program; collectively, like I have said many times, the best group of head coaches in the country; and last but not least, a group of student-athletes who represent Kansas State University with tremendous class and bring the energy and passion with them each day to be the best they can on the playing field, in the classroom and in life.

This Thanksgiving many of our teams will be in action, both home and away, and I want to take a few moments to preview our upcoming contests and provide the various methods and channels that will allow you and your families to follow the Cats this holiday weekend.  Beginning tomorrow, Coach Mittie and the 3-0 women’s basketball team will open play in the Virgin Islands at 12 p.m. CT against N.C. State, followed by a 12 p.m. CT game on Friday against LSU and then Saturday at 2:15 p.m. CT against UTEP.  You can watch the games by clicking here, and live audio can be found for free at k-statesports.com.

Meanwhile Coach Weber and the men’s team, off to a 4-0 start following a 61-40 win over Robert Morris last night, will head to Brooklyn, New York, to face Boston College at 6 p.m. CT Friday at the Barclays Center followed by either Richmond or Maryland on Saturday.  The entire tournament can be seen locally on COX Sports TV (Topeka, Wichita, Pittsburg, Oklahoma City), KMCI (Kansas City), KCMN D-4 (Kansas City), KMTW-MyTV (Wichita), Altitude2 (Wichita, Denver, Colo., Lincoln, Neb., Omaha, Neb.), KCYM LD-4 (Des Moines/Ames, Iowa) and LBZC LD (Oklahoma City).  Click here for our full release on viewing options for the games, while all radio broadcasts will also be available for free at k-statesports.com.

And of course, we look forward to our 33rd straight sellout at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday for the 114th edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown.  Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with the game being televised nationally on FS1.  Arrive early, and let’s send out our 24 seniors with an eighth-straight Governor’s Cup victory which would also be a monumental win for hall of fame coach Bill Snyder as he is one victory shy of becoming just the 26th coach in the history of college football to win 200 games and just the sixth to do so while coaching at one institution.  As we talk about things that we are thankful for, it would be an understatement to mention Coach Snyder’s impact on K-State, Manhattan, the state of Kansas and the entire college football world.  He has positively impacted the lives of so many student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and we are so fortunate to have him as the leader of our football program.  And this year’s senior class has been a special group as 11 of the 24 were named last week to the Academic All-Big 12 team as the Cats led the league in total selections for the third straight year with 29!  You can click here for the full list of honorees, which includes many starters and significant contributors.

The weekend will be capped off with a 6 p.m. volleyball match with Texas Tech at Ahearn Field House as Coach Fritz and the squad go for win No. 20 of the season on Senior Night at Ahearn.  The match will be broadcast live on K-StateHD.TV, and we hope to see you there to help send our seniors out with a win in their final regular season home match!

That will do it for today.  We truly are thankful for your support of our student-athletes.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you Saturday morning!

Go Cats!

John