Letter from A.D. John Currie - September 14
Speaking of Hurricanes, even though Coach Snyder and the team of course quickly moved on to our next opponent, I have to take one quick moment to share a few thoughts on this past weekend.First, I continue to hear from fans and onlookers from around the country about how impressive our "scene" was on Saturday. With a crystal clear sky, packed stands, a tremendous performance by our team and a national audience on FX, it was truly a day to remember! Our student section was just incredible - constant energy, standing, singing, cheering - there is no better advertisement and endorsement of our entire University! The band, cheerleaders, Classy Cats, Eric Kynard and our Olympians at halftime all added to a classic college football scene. And, all of our fans, game-day staff, and local law enforcement and safety officials have worked together to make things as smooth as possible despite our West Stadium Center construction. We appreciate our fans continuing to arrive early. Your emails and feedback have been very helpful to our staff as we tweak the game day set-up.Sunday night, I watched the FX replay of our football win over Miami and was again blown away at how loud and intense our entire stadium experience was. But just like our team, we have to maintain our edge and be ready for a well-prepared North Texas team tomorrow night! Hats off also to the FX crew of producer Mike Helling and commentators Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch and Darius Walker, who provided an excellent production and outstanding "extra" coverage for the nation of the West Stadium Center plans and construction.Goal #5 of our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletic Program is of course The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12. Here's an example of that as evidenced by this internet posting from a Miami reporter about his trip to Manhattan that was forwarded to me on Monday by a K-State fan: "You want to know what this road trip was like? It was as if someone dropped the Canes off at the Kansas State Fair and offered them up to the barbeque concession. Really. That's how it was, with its 11 a.m. kickoff and all, motor homes scattered across endless grass fields, diehards welcoming everyone to Kansas State and urging them to enjoy the experience. No joke. These people are really nice while their team kicks your butt." That is exactly the kind of sportsmanship and hospitality and LOUD VOLUME college athletics should be about, and I appreciate our fans setting the national example for others to follow! For those coming to sold-out BSFS tomorrow, we again encourage you to allow enough time to get to the stadium. The Kansas Department of Transportation issued its latest road construction updates yesterday, so click here for the latest details that may affect your route to Manhattan. For those that cannot attend the game, you can catch it live on FSN as the entire nation will get the Cats and Mean Green beginning at 6 p.m. Here are a few additional items of interest from around the league and department: Streb Comes Home, Card in HandIt was great to see 2009 graduate Robert Streb and his wife Maggie back for the Miami game, fresh off his recent qualification for his PGA Tour Card. Mary Lawrence and I had the pleasure of spending time with a number of other Wildcat greats including former NFL players Nick Leckey and Jon McGraw. It is always great to catch up with former student-athletes and we appreciate their loyalty and passion for K-State.Big 12 Television Agreement Leads to National Basketball ExposureAs I mentioned in last week's letter, we are thrilled about the league's new 13-year television agreement with ESPN/FOX and what it means for our 10-member league. It continues us on a path of tremendous growth and stability, and we emerge with a brighter conference future than ever before with Big 12 student-athletes and fans benefitting from unprecedented national exposure. While most of the focus was placed on how this new deal affects football telecasts, Wendell Barnhouse of Big12Sports.com recently wrote an article on how all of our member basketball programs will also greatly benefit. Click here to read Wendell's column. Coach Weber Named to NCAA Regional Advisory CommitteeBoth of our basketball teams are gearing up for the start of their seasons, which is less than two months away! Recently Coach Weber was one of 31 coaches in the nation asked by the NCAA to serve on the Regional Advisory Committee. Coach Weber will represent the Big 12 on this committee for three years, as each coach on the committee is asked to submit a ballot three times a year that will serve as an important resource used by the basketball committee during the NCAA selection, seeding and bracketing process.Golf Teams Open with Top-5 FinishesBoth our men's and women's golf teams opened up their fall schedules earlier this week - the men traveled to Wichita for the Shocker Classic while the women played in Lincoln, Neb. Both squads came away with Top-5 finishes as the men claimed second and the women fourth. For the men, freshman Matt Green finished third in his collegiate debut, while Carly Ragains led the women with a sixth-place finish. Good Luck to Cross Country In LincolnWhile our football team hosts North Texas this weekend for Band Day, Coach Smith and our cross country teams will run in the Woody Greeno Invitational tomorrow in Lincoln. Good luck to the K-State harriers!That will do it for today. Thanks again for being the best fans in college athletics and we will see everyone tomorrow night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Go Cats!