Athletic Director John Currie Quotes

Athletic Director John Currie Quotes
May 18, 2009

Opening Statement...

“This is a special, special, opportunity and moment for our family. We feel so welcomed already. President Schulz, I promise that I will work everyday to reward you and show you that you did make the right choice and I appreciate you very much. It took me about one minute when I was with the selection committee to realize that these folks and this place is a great place for me. I spent the next hour and twenty-nine minutes hoping that they felt like I was a great fit for them and for you. I told Coach Snyder just a minute ago, the last time we saw him was January 2001. I am glad to be on the same team now because that was our first exposure to Kansas State and those of you who were there, know that it was awfully cold, especially for folks in Eastern Tennessee. What we saw at the Cotton Bowl that day was what seemed like 50,000 K-State fans and they were loud and oblivious to the cold, with so much spirit and passion. Another thing I saw was a Kansas State team come out of the locker room. They had their sleeves cut, maybe a little Vaseline rubbed on their elbows or something like that; they did not care how cold it was because they played with such discipline, passion and purpose. I know you were really proud of how your team played that day, Coach Snyder, and it made quite an impression on us. So when you fast forward to eight years later, that athletic experience is really the window to a great university and that is the way it is supposed to work. As I looked into the institution on the internet and talked to people I knew across the country that I trusted, what we saw was a great example of a university operating providing great service, great outreach, research, and great education to its students. All of those things are important to Mary Lawrence and me and that helped attract us. Again, this is a very special privilege for us and we are going to work everyday to make sure that our coaches and student-athletes have the resources and opportunities to be successful. We are going to work everyday so that every person in the K-State Community or K-State Nation understand that we are their school and that the athletic program exists to serve them and provide a great atmosphere of support.

 

On energy and enthusiasm...

“We are going to put the fans first. One of our principles from the athletic standpoint is that we are going to work to provide the best fan experience in the Big 12. There is no reason we should not do that and have the best experience right here in Manhattan, Kansas. We have the best fans, or so I have seen throughout the years. The energy ultimately comes from our student-athletes and our coaches. Part of the way we energize our fans is working everyday to put our student-athletes and coaches out in front and telling those really great stories about student-athletes like Chris Merriewether, who is doing great things on the court and great things in the classroom or in their lives.”

 

On his vision...

“We will be working together with the athletic staff, the President’s Cabinet, and our coaches to articulate what exactly our vision means. However, the bottom line is that we want to have a model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. When people are talking about the universities that do it right throughout the country, academically, athletically, service, development, and things of that nature, we want them to say Kansas State’ right off the top of that list as one of the schools that does it the right way. We might not outspend everybody, but we can still have a model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.”

 

On his diverse background...

“I think what jumps out right away is that when I was at Tennessee, we had one of the largest budgets in the country, almost double what we have here now at Kansas State, so I have worked with one of the largest budgets. While I was at Wake Forest, I also worked with one of the smallest budgets, being part of the Atlantic Coast Conference. At both schools, we won. And we figured out ways to win. We will find a way here as well, and the biggest checkbook does not always win.”