K-State Reaffirms Support for the Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, Faculty Athletics Representative Mike Holen, Director of Athletics John Currie and Senior Woman's Administrator Jill Shields participated in annual meetings of the Big 12 Conference this week in Kansas City.

As numerous media outlets have reported, a major issue of discussion centered on potential national athletics conference realignment. The meetings concluded Friday with a three-hour Board of Directors session.

President Schulz was positive and optimistic about the progress made.

"Kansas State University remains firmly committed to the Big 12 and continues to believe in the long-term viability of our league. We are optimistic that this process will result in our existing membership affirming our cohesive long-term future together," Schulz said.

Much media speculation this week centered on rumors suggesting that some Big 12 institutions might be invited to join other leagues.

"The media speculation is certainly uncomfortable for those of us who have demonstrated that we are firmly committed to the Big 12," said Currie. "However different schools may have unique institutional decision processes that we need to respect. As a charter member of the original Big Six conference going back to 1928, we will continue to assess the landscape and position K-State for a bright future."

Legendary football coach Bill Snyder, who attended meetings of the league football coaches last month, today added his thoughts on K-State's position in the Big 12.

"The Big 12 Conference has experienced unparalleled success over the last 14 years and continues to be regarded as one of the nation's top conferences. At K-State, we have been fortunate to be a part of that success thanks to our truly avid fans, who have helped make our conference what it is today, while we have also been able to continue historic rivalries with our regional counterparts and develop competitive series with other fellow league institutions."

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe held a news conference on Friday to wrap up the meetings. A full video replay of his comments is available at www.big12sports.com.