Football Heads Home for Holidays
With three days off before traveling to San Antonio, Texas, for the Valero Alamo Bowl on January 2, 2015, the Wildcats have spent much-needed time among family and friends for a couple days this week.
"It's been a long time since I've seen my family," said senior offensive lineman B.J. Finney on Tuesday afternoon just before he hit the road. "So being able to get back and spend Christmas with everyone, sit down and see everybody for not just 15 or 20 minutes, it's going to be nice to sit down and have conversations."
Though the team has to report back to Manhattan tomorrow afternoon to get back to work, the three days away are enough to spend time with not only family, but friends as well.
"I'll be going to Oklahoma," said junior safety Dante Barnett. "I'll probably relax, chill and visit my grandparents. Then a lot of my friends who also play college football will be home too, so we'll all probably hang out before we head to the bowl game."
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Barnett attended Booker T. Washington High School with fellow teammate Tyler Lockett. Both at home in Oklahoma, Lockett was also excited to meet up with his former high school teammates.
"We always do meet up, we'll probably go bowling or do something fun. We'll probably go eat at Cheddars or something like that," said Lockett. "It's great being able to see all your friends as well as your family."
As for head coach Bill Snyder, he will be staying put, celebrating Christmas with his family in Manhattan.
"I'll be here (at his office) for a while, but I want the coaches to have time off and be with their families, and I will have the opportunity to be with my family," said the coach who has five children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. "We will have all the children and all the grandchildren, with the exception of my daughter Meredith who lives in Texas, but she and her family will be with us at the bowl game."
Though the team is away, it will be all business once back in Manhattan in preparation for its final game of the 2014 season.
"I think this break is much needed," said Lockett. "All we've been doing is watching film and getting ready for UCLA, so it's nice to be able to have these three days out, go home to your family and get away from football. We understand that when we come back, we're back to business."
K-State (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) is set to take on UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) in the Valero Alamo Bowl on January 2, at 5:45 p.m., in the Alamodome. The game will be aired on ESPN. For more information on the upcoming game, please click here to visit K-State's Bowl Headquarters.