Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 22

Thanks to persistence of our team, led by our coaches and these 27 seniors, Wildcat Nation will be bowling once again this holiday season, and with two games to play, a lot can still be decided in terms of where the Cats will be heading. Your continued support will play a pivotal role. Be sure and pre-order your bowl tickets through our official allotment and ticket office by visiting k-statesports.com/bowlgame. Ahearn Fund members and season-ticket holders will receive seating preference for bowl orders placed by the December 6 priority ticket deadline.In addition to our pre-order ticket numbers, our fans also have the opportunity to showcase Wildcat Nation during the final two games of the season by continuing to show their support. Whether it is our tremendous pregame tailgating scene around the stadium, the 9,000-plus student section that is the envy of other programs around the country or our 52,000-plus fans packing the stadium well before kickoff and staying loud for the entire game -- all are crucial to our team's performance and key components of our attractiveness to our bowl partners. Coaches Art Briles from Baylor and Gary Patterson from TCU both have made public comments this season about our crowd and gameday atmosphere -- let's do it one more time this weekend against OU in our 11 a.m., nationally-televised home finale on FOX Sports 1.Saturday's game will also be very special as we welcome back the 2003 Big 12 Championship squad for the 10th anniversary of one of the program's greatest wins. We are excited that approximately 40-50 members of the 2003 team will return to Manhattan for a busy weekend of reunion activities. The team will be recognized at the end of the first quarter of tomorrow's game.In other news, kudos to a group of student-athletes who picked up some national and conference accolades this week. Laura Galvan from women's cross country was named to the USTFCCCA All-Midwest Regional team for the second straight year, while our volleyball team also set a new school record and led the Big 12 with nine Academic All-Big 12 selections this week. Courtney Cook, Kaitlynn Pelger, Lilla Porubek and Courtney Traxson were joined by Gina Madonia and Taylor Johnson as well as redshirt freshman Katie Brand on the first team. Dakota Kaufman and Chelsea Keating were selected to the second team. Best of luck to Coach Fritz and her squad this weekend at Texas as they head down the stretch run of the season still battling for a postseason berth.A total of 11 football student-athletes also picked up Academic All-Big 12 honors this week, including a Big 12-best three with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Glenn Gronkowski, Zach Nemechek and Stanton Weber all earned 4.0's, while Jack Cantele, Will Davis, Weston Hiebert and Curry Sexton joined them on the first team. Second-team members included Tyler Lockett, Cornelius Lucas, Carl Miles and Keenan Taylor. Congrats to these student-athletes for their terrific leadership.Finally, in addition to our men's basketball team currently participating in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off this weekend, our seventh-ranked equestrian team will host Georgia today out at Timbercreek Stables. Come on out and support one of the nation's top teams as competition began at 9 a.m. and will carry on throughout the day!That will do it for today. I look forward to seeing a packed stadium tomorrow, and as we approach the holiday week I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.Go Cats!John