A Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 20, 2016

Good Evening K-State Nation!

It’s been a big week in K-State Wildcat Land, and I’m really glad to be back in America’s #1 College Town following my trip to Big 12 meetings in Dallas and jaunt down to Austin Tuesday evening for a celebration honoring K-State and Texas legend DeLoss Dodds. Among the guests attending the Dodds event at the famous Austin City Limits theater were personalities from around the country including ESPN president John Skipper, Commissioner Bowlsby, former Commissioners Neinas and Beebe, CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock and many others, but let me tell you - there was a distinct K-State flavor to the evening as many K-Staters were in attendance including a number of our track and field alumni who competed with and under “Coach” Dodds.

Today, I would like to start with an update from our Big 12 meetings earlier this week in Dallas. As you may know, the Big 12 Board of Directors announced on Monday its unanimous commitment to our league in its current configuration of 10 members. We appreciate Commissioner Bowlsby and Chairman Boren's leadership, as well as K-State Interim President General Myers, throughout this recent period of strategic assessment, and the announcement further demonstrates the strength and unity of the Big 12 Conference.

The first 20 years of the Big 12 Conference have paralleled tremendous growth by Kansas State into a Carnegie Tier I university with the most diverse and academically talented student body in our history and the development of cutting edge academic and athletic facilities. K-State Football's Big 12-leading APR and third all-time conference game victory total of 100 wins exemplifies the tremendous quality and depth of our league. Together, with our season ticket holders hailing from 46 states, we look forward to welcoming the University of Texas to Bill Snyder Family Stadium this weekend for our 31st consecutive sellout crowd in front of an ESPN2 national audience.

You can click here for the official release from Monday afternoon’s Big 12 press conference.

It will also be our annual observance of Homecoming this weekend, so let’s kick off today’s updates with more details surrounding the celebration in addition to a special announcement regarding the latest improvements at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Long-Awaited Limestone Field Wall Project Announced

Thanks to the continued support and dedication of K-Staters world-wide, earlier today we announced the long-awaited Limestone Field Wall Project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The field wall is the signature component of $3 million in expected offseason enhancements for BSFS including the replacement of the existing asphalt track and the addition of speaker arrays to enhance the sound system. The project, which consists of elements of Phase IV of the BSFS Master Plan, is something that our fans are very passionate about and will further our commitment to the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12 upon completion next fall. Ultimately, it will raise the level of how we represent Kansas State University in front of nationally-televised audiences, visiting fans and prospective student-athletes. These improvements will be funded through the Capstone Campaign and is a special opportunity for fans to etch their name in the history of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. There are 300 capstones available for customization, so click here for our full announcement and for more information on how to be a part of this special project.

It’s Homecoming in America’s #1 College Town
It will be a very special weekend in America’s #1 College Town with the annual celebration of Homecoming here at K-State. The festivities got underway on Sunday with the 5K run and the Pant the Chant event in Bramlage and will continue through Saturday’s sold-out football game. As a reminder, the Big 12’s No. 1 Alumni Association will also hold a special Homecoming pregame event in Cat Town on Saturday morning. You can click here for more information and also for the complete Homecoming week of activities. We are excited to welcome all Wildcat alumni back home and look forward to a great weekend!

Landon Lecture to Feature Admiral Cecil Haney - 10:30 AM Friday in McCain
Tomorrow Navy Admiral Cecil Haney, outgoing commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, will present a special Landon Lecture at 10:30 a.m. inside McCain Auditorium. The Landon Lecture series at McCain is one of the nation's most prestigious and well-known lectures as several times a year, global leaders share insight on the various topics. Admiral Haney will be speaking on Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century, and for those who cannot make it to McCain, you can watch it live by clicking here.

Volleyball Rested and Ready for West Virginia – Ahearn 6 PM Saturday
Coach Fritz and the volleyball team, coming off a big win at Oklahoma last Saturday, will return to action on Saturday night at Ahearn as West Virginia comes to town. Note the start time is now 6 p.m., as the Cats look to improve upon its 15-5 overall and 4-3 Big 12 records and maintain its high national RPI which is currently at No. 15. For those who cannot make it to Ahearn, the match will be broadcast world-wide on K-StateHD.TV, while fans can listen live on 1350 KMAN and online at k-statesports.com.

Busy Week Includes Soccer, Golf, Rowing, Hoops Action
In other action this week, the women’s golf team finished third at the Greenville (NC) Preview and Connie Jaffrey took home the individual title after shooting a final-round 73, while Coach Dibbini and the soccer team will wrap up their inaugural season with a match tonight at Illinois State on ESPN3 and KROCK 101.5. Coach Knight and the women’s golf team will then head to San Antonio for the Alamo Invitational on Sunday, while Coach Sweeney’s rowing squad with head to Lawrence for the Jayhawk Jamboree on Sunday as well. In between Saturday’s football and volleyball games, you can also hop into Bramlage at 3 p.m. to catch a men’s basketball scrimmage as both of our hoops teams close in on the start of the season. As a reminder, tickets for both teams, including our December 10 men’s game at the Sprint Center against Washington State and December 11 home women’s game against defending national champion UCONN, are still available. Click here for more information and to reserve your seat in the Octagon of Doom this winter!

That will do it for today. We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and also at Ahearn Field House for Wildcat Volleyball at 6 p.m.

Go Cats!

John