Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 20

Let's get to a few other updates.Wildcat Weekend Lives Up to its BillingIn and out of various meetings at the convention I was able to follow our track and tennis triumphs via our official twitter feed (@kstatesports), the men's basketball game on the WatchESPN app and then our women's game live on K-StateHD.TV while at dinner with a few other athletic directors.  There are not too many arenas in the country that hosted 20,000+ fans for college basketball on Saturday, but Bramlage Colisuem did just that with a sold-out crowd of 12,528 for the men's game vs Baylor and a season-high attendance of 7,816 for the women's game vs. Iowa State.  It was clear on television and ESPN's Mitch Holthus made repeated mention of the incredible and electric atmosphere inside Bramlage Coliseum for the men's game against Baylor.  I was so proud of the fight and energy displayed by our team and playing with that mentality of Goal No. 10 - Never Give Up!  And that goes for our crowd, too!  The Cats are now in first place in the Big 12 standings at 4-1 heading into tonight's road matchup at Iowa State.  I also would like to congratulate our women's tennis team for giving Coach Steinberg her first win at K-State following a 6-1 win over Northern Iowa at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.  And Coach Rovelto's track and field teams picked up a win in the KSU Triangular over Wichita State and KU in a highly competitive meet inside Ahern Field House.  The night wrapped up with a terrific women's basketball crowd for "Pack the House" against Iowa State, but our team fell just short of making it a 4-for-4 day. We are delighted that our student sections will be at full strength for our next home contests on Saturday (men) and Wednesday (women).Coach Snyder Elected to Hall of FameBy now, I'm sure most of you have heard that Coach Snyder has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as he was introduced in Dallas earlier this month as a part of the Class of 2015 to be inducted next December in New York City at the annual National Football Foundation dinner.  Coach Snyder joins only Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno and Joe Gagliardi as active coaches who have been inducted into the Hall!  I know the entire K-State Nation joins me in saluting Coach Snyder, Sharon and their family, and the impact they have had on Kansas State University and Manhattan since their arrival in 1989 is incalculable. Coach Snyder's leadership and mentoring are truly remarkable and inspirational, and his legacy of integrity and commitment to excellence transcends not only football but perhaps all of intercollegiate athletics and higher education.  Join me one more time in congratulating Coach Snyder, and click here for our official release.Streb Continues to Impress on PGA TourEarlier this fall we made mention that former Wildcat Robert Streb qualified for the prestigious Masters Tournament with his win at The McGladrey Classic in October.  Robert has used that momentum to continue his solid play and climb up the PGA's FedEx rankings.  And if you take a look at this week's standings after last weekend's Sony Open in Hawaii, Robert currently sits at second in the overall standings!  So far this season, he has totaled four Top 10 finishes in seven appearances and is coming off a 17th-place finish this weekend in Hawaii.  Be sure and follow Robert by clicking here, and we wish he, his wife Maggie and their entire family the best of luck the remainder of this season.Another Successful Fall in the ClassroomEarlier today, the Big 12 Conference announced that a total of 269 Wildcat student-athletes were named to the Fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher this past semester.  The 269 student-athletes earning the honor are the most since I have been at K-State and marks the third straight semester we have placed over 250 on the list. Congratulations to the 39 student-athletes who registered a GPA of 4.0 in the fall semester, while 10 of our athletic programs placed 50 percent or more of their fall rosters on the honor roll - football, women's basketball, volleyball, rowing, men's golf, women's golf, women's tennis, equestrian, men's track and women's track.That will do it for today.  We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning for our 11 a.m. men's basketball game against Oklahoma State which will include a special recognition of our men's basketball alumni and one extra special legend.  And stay tuned in the next week or two for an exciting announcement surrounding the 2015 Purple/White Spring football game!Go Cats!John