Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 19

Volleyball Has Eyes on NCAA Tournament Return/Big Match in Ahearn Saturday Night!Coach Fritz and the Wildcat volleyball team are coming off a big 3-2 road win at Baylor (after trailing 2-0) and will take their 21-6 overall record into Saturday's home match against TCU. The Cats, which recently had a total of six student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 team, are in solid position to get back into NCAA Tournament play and have three matches remaining, two of which will be played inside Ahearn Field House. Come on out this weekend to support Coach Fritz and our volleyball squad. First serve against the Horned Frogs is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.Basketball Season in Full SwingThe men's and women's teams kicked off the 2014-15 season with a double-header Friday night in Bramlage Coliseum that saw the Wildcats pick up two big wins over SIUE and Southern Utah. Both squads then welcomed UMKC to Bramlage earlier this week as the men won an 83-73 contest over a very talented Kangaroo squad before Coach Mittie and the women's team defeated UMKC last night, 65-36. The women will host Hampton Friday night before heading to Mexico next week for three games over Thanksgiving break. Meanwhile, the men travel to Long Beach State for a Friday night matchup before heading to the Maui Classic for three games next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I encourage you to come out to Bramlage this season and enjoy two exciting basketball teams, and of course, our new Panasonic high definition videoboard!Football Prepares for Thursday Night Showdown in MorgantownCoach Snyder and the 12th-ranked Wildcats are rested from a bye week and are getting ready to head to Morgantown for Thursday night's nationally-televised game at West Virginia. You can catch all of the action on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 6 p.m. CT as two of the best college football analysts in the country - Tim Brando and Joel Klatt - will call the game. For those in the Kansas City area, the Ahearn Fund is hosting a very unique and fun watch party at Cinetopia as for $50 fans can enjoy the game and other festivities with proceeds going toward your very own Ahearn Fund membership. And for those who are already members, your $50 admission will be directly applied to your account. Click here for more information.Football Senior Day Approaches Following the game in Morgantown, the Cats return home on November 29 to host the Jayhawks in the final home game for our 21 seniors. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. Be sure and make plans to be in Manhattan for the game, which will be our 20th consecutive sellout. Click here for a few reminders about flight schedules to and from MHK throughout the Thanksgiving week.Start Planning for Bowl SeasonBowl season is drawing closer, and I know the K-State Nation has begun to make plans for the Wildcats' postseason trip. While our destination will not be determined for several more weeks, fans are encouraged to secure their place at any of the potential sites. Click here for more information and for a complete list of possible bowl selections which include several new destinations as part of our Big 12 agreements.Football Student-Athletes Garnering National AttentionThe National Football Foundation announced recently that Tyler Lockett was named a finalist for the 2014 Campbell Trophy and one of 16 National Scholar Athletes who will be honored at next month's College Football Hall of Fame dinner in New York. We are proud of Tyler and salute his accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. He set a goal for himself several semesters ago to be a candidate for this award, so seeing it come to fruition is extra special. By being named a finalist, Tyler will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the annual awards dinner in New York. We are extremely happy for Tyler and his family and know they will enjoy this special experience. Tyler has also been named a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award in addition to being a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award which honors the nation's top wide receiver. Congrats are also in order to Curry Sexton and Glenn Gronkowski for being named First Team Academic All-District, and both will now be on the ballot to achieve Academic All-America status. Our football program has become the model for developing walk-ons, and Jonathan Truman is the latest to be honored for his play as the senior was recently named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy which honors the top collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. Be sure and click here to catch up on these terrific stories and others as we head down the stretch run of football season.No. 2 Equestrian Closes Out Fall Slate on the RoadFollowing a big 12-7 home win over No. 8 Oklahoma State on November 8, our second-ranked equestrian team began a string of four straight meets on the road with matchups over the weekend against TCU and Baylor. After two tough yet competitive outcomes, the squad will now head to Fresno, California, Friday and Saturday to face the home-standing Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers in consecutive days. Be sure and check k-statesports.com for full recaps from the weekend.That's all for today. Good luck to all of our teams in action, and thank you for your loyal support of K-State student-athletes.Go Cats!John