Letter from A.D. John Currie - June 18
Budget UpdateWith the fiscal year fast coming to a close on June 30, I am pleased to report that K-State Athletics will have a balanced budget and achieve a surplus for the fifth straight year! I appreciate our coaches and staff for continuing to make budget-conscious decisions each and every day as well as all of Wildcat Nation for filling our stadiums all year long and participating in the Ahearn Fund. Did you know that this year K-State ticket holders paid $1.56 million in state of Kansas sales tax vs. $1.35 million last year? This is another way we provide Value to the University, Community and State, in comparison to some of our competing peer schools who are sales tax exempt. We have gained a lot of momentum over the past five years but have no plans to slow down. With potential landscape changes around college athletics on the horizon and our vision of continuing to build a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program, we will have to pay even closer attention to our surroundings and every decision that we make must be in the best interest of K-State and our student-athletes. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a more in-depth look at our finances including the unveiling of our 2014-15 operating budget.Top 20 NCAA Track and Field Finishes Cap 2013-14 SeasonCongratulations to Coach Rovelto and our track and field team for a terrific performance at last week's NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. For the first time since 2011, both finished in the Top 20, as the men placed 19th and the women 20th. In terms of individual performances, the Wildcats picked up 10 All-America honors out of the 13 entries including second place finishes for Alyx Treasure in the high jump and Devin Field in the triple jump. As we now look ahead to 2014-15, here is a brief breakdown of some of the highlights from this past season both on the playing field and in the classroom:
- Defeated Michigan in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
- Extended NFL Draft streak to a Big 12-best 21 straight years.
- 13 consecutive sellouts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
- Fifth straight NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Appearance.
- Big 12 Rowing Championship Runner-Up.
- Nine Big 12 Track and Field Champions.
- Petra Niedermayerova qualified for fourth-straight NCAA Tennis Championships and was named First Team Academic All-American.
- Set baseball season attendance record at Tointon Family Stadium.
- Opened the new West Stadium Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center and Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, completing $125 million in new facilities in 30 months.
- 101 Academic All-Big 12 selections.
- Big 12-leading APR scores in five sports (FB, M/W Golf, M/W CC).