K-State Sports Extra: What's Next?

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For those counting, its 130 days until Kansas State kicks off the 2010 football season against UCLA on Sept. 4, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Between now and then are multiple seasons: the academic season during the month of May; the summer off-season program; followed by August two-a-days, and of course, the never ending recruiting season.

"Every segment is really significant," said K-State coach Bill Snyder.

While the players get their academic life in order readying for finals week, K-State's coaching staff will be busy evaluating the just completed spring game from every possible angle.

"We have a snap-by-snap evalutation, plus looking at how well they retain their focus and how they're paying attention when not on the field," Snyder said. "We go as far as videotaping the sidelines to see how much players are paying attention."

During the summer, the players will return for a fitness program that includes lifting, agility drills and conditioning under the direction of first-year strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson.

"The players have a great respect for him," Snyder said. "He's very demanding, and they appreciate that."

At the same time will be the volunteer on-field time that includes not only seven-on-seven drills, but what Snyder termed as "full scale practices" directed by the leaders on the team.

"It's important to keep honed in on the fundamentals and the execution of the team, plus it helps the incoming guys learn the system before we begin in the fall," Snyder said.

Kansas State's season will open with consecutive home games against UCLA and Missouri State before an early opening to Big 12 play on Sept. 18 against Iowa State in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

K-State will then play host to Central Florida on Sept. 25 before enjoying an open Saturday prior to playing host to Nebraska on Oct. 7, which will be a Thursday night nationally televised attraction at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The Wildcats will play five of its final seven games on the road: at Kansas and at Baylor, followed by home dates on Oct. 30 against Oklahoma State and Texas on Nov. 6, and then a trio of road games at Missouri, Colorado and North Texas.

Season tickets remain on sale and can be purchased online at k-statesports.com or by calling 1-800-221-CATS.

Numerous ticket options and price levels are available and include incentives to purchase early. Fans can utilize a four-payment plan option if they renew prior to April 30, a package of four End Zone Fun Zone season tickets are only $599 if purchased before April 30, and season ticket holders also have until the same April 30 date to purchase additional tickets to the November 6 Texas game for only $60 each.