Top 10 Moments of January 2015

10. Over 10,000 Fans Show Up for Alamo Bowl Pep Rally
On January 1, San Antonio's Freeman Coliseum was filled with purple as nearly 10,000 Wildcat fans showed up to the K-State Alumni Association sponsored Pep Rally to support K-State football.
Taking place the day before the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl, the Pride of Wildcat Land filled the coliseum with music while Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson reminisced back on an exciting 2014 football season. 
"This is our family's fifth bowl pep rally, and our fifth-straight bowl, thanks to Coach Snyder's leadership and our great program," said K-State Athletics Director John Currie at the pep rally. "There's no event, to me, that is more special than this annual pep rally. This gathering of folks from all across the United States - from around the world - this gathering of folks defines K-State, and this gathering defines Coach Snyder's goal No. 3: Unity."
9. Tennis Wins Steinberg's Home Debut
On an unusually warm January day, the No. 64 Wildcat Tennis team defeated Northern Iowa, 6-1, outdoors at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The match marked Danielle Steinberg's first home competition as head coach of the Wildcats and kick-started K-State's spring season on a high note. 
"I thought I would be more nervous than I actually was, but I wasn't nervous at all," said Steinberg about her first match in Manhattan. "Just the fact that we have such a great group of girls and we're all very connected and close together, that kind of made it feel natural."
For a complete recap of the January 17 match, please click here
8. K-State Men's Basketball Defeats No. 22 Baylor 
An electric atmosphere and a team that never backed down - that was the scene on January 17, in Bramlage Coliseum as K-State upset No. 22 Baylor, 63-61.
"To beat a very good team, a top-ranked team, it's a credit to our guys," said head coach Bruce Weber. "We hung in there. We didn't look very good in the game's first eight or 10 minutes; we had too many turnovers... but we told the guys, you just have to keep fighting and grinding and hope some things happen. We found a group that defended pretty well. We got some stops. I thought the crowd got into it and we made some plays."
To look back at K-State Sports Extra's story Comeback Cats, please click here
7. Track and Field Wins KSU-KU-WSU Triangular
K-State used a stellar overall performance by both the men's and women's squads to defeat Kansas and Wichita State in the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular at Ahearn Field House on January 17. The Wildcats combined to score 261 points, with Wichita State finishing second with 217 points and Kansas in third with 202 points.
The meet, which revived the tradition of an annual Triangular between K-State, KU and Missouri that went from 1989-2006, also continued the tradition of victory for the team in purple and white. Prior to the meet ending in 2006, K-State had won eight-straight and 15-of-17 in the series.
To read more about the meet and see its results, please click here
6. Women's Basketball Defeats Kansas
Despite falling behind by as many as 14 points in the first half, K-State pulled together to defeat Kansas, 58-52, in Bramlage Coliseum on January 11. 
"I can't say enough about the team. I can't say enough about the fans," said head coach Jeff Mittie after the game. "Really, those two things, I think, won this game for us. The fans hung with us, and I can't say enough about their energy today because we certainly needed them. It was big."
Leading the team was senior Ashia Woods, who finished with 15 points, followed by junior Bri Craig, who scored 13. 
To read more about the Wildcats' Sunflower Showdown victory, please click here
5. Nino Williams Earns Big 12 Player of the Week
For the second time this season, K-State senior Nino Williams earned Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Player of the Week honors after posting back-to-back 20-points games. 
Although K-State fell, 77-71, at No. 9/12 Iowa State, Williams' kept the Wildcats in the game as he registered 22 points. Keeping his scoring streak alive against Oklahoma State on Jan. 24, he put away a team-high 20 points. 
Williams became the seventh Wildcat in school history to earn the award at least twice in one season and the first since Rodney McGruder, who did it four times during the 2012-13 season. 
4. Dibbini Welcomed to K-State
For the first time in K-State history, a press conference was held to discuss the game of soccer as K-State Athletics welcomed Wildcat women's soccer coach Mike Dibbini to K-State on January 7. 
"I'm very, very excited to be here and to be a part of the K-State family," said Dibbini in his opening statement. "This is my dream job and hopefully my final destination."
After the press conference, K-State Athletics staff, media and new Wildcat soccer fans had the opportunity to meet and chat with Dibbini. 
To learn more about K-State's newest coach and the K-State women's soccer program, please click here
3. Men's Basketball Upsets No. 16/18 Oklahoma in Norman
On January 10, before 12,426 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center, Wildcat sophomore Marcus Foster hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime to lift K-State to a 66-63 win over No. 16/18 Oklahoma.
"Honestly, it was a great win and I'm just excited for them," said head coach Bruce Weber after the game. "Today, we just kept hanging in there, battling. We told them we were coming here to win. We had a lot of guys step up. We made some tough plays."
Along with his game-winning shot, Foster scored the final four points of regulation, including a driving lay-up with six seconds remaining. He then scored five of the Wildcats' 11 points in overtime, including a layup to tie it at 59 with 3:06 left. Foster was joined in double figures by junior Stephen Hurt, who came off the bench to post season-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (8), and senior Thomas Gipson, who added 10 points.
For a look back at that game, please click here
2. K-State Athletics Unveils Tex Winter Drive
On January 25, K-State Athletics unveiled Tex Winter Drive in honor of the legendary career of former Wildcat head coach Tex Winter. Posting a 261-118 record in his 15 years at the helm of the program (1952-67), Winter built K-State into a national powerhouse as he led the Wildcats to eight Big 8 titles, six trips to the NCAA Tournament and two trips to the Final Four (1958 and 1964). 
"To see this group out here this morning, this is a real blessing," said Mr. K-State, Ernie Barrett, to the group of former players, family and fans gathered at the sign unveiling ceremony. "I think what we're doing here today is indeed an honor for not only a great person, but someone who is very successful and well recognized with Kansas State University."
Now forever apart of K-State history, Tex Winter Drive leads directly to the Basketball Training Facility and is located just off of Kimball Avenue at Gate 7 - a location and visibility many will pass and see daily. Every time this generation of Wildcat basketball players drive to practice, they will be reminded of a coach who paved the way for them. 
1. Bill Snyder Elected to College Football Hall of Fame 
The architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history, Bill Snyder was announced as just the fourth person in the history of college football to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame while still an active coach on January 9.
Snyder resurrected K-State from the worst program in the nation to a top-25 contender year in and year out since he took the reins of the program in 1989.
He's a five-time national coach of the year honoree and a seven-time conference coach of the year recipient. He's coached the Wildcats to 16 bowl games - including 11-straight from 1993-2003 - two Big 12 Championships, and he has compiled a 187-94-1 record in his 23 seasons as head coach.
"You just think of all the people who have invested so much," said Snyder at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame press conference. "My family, my wife, Sharon, and my children Sean, Shannon, Meredith, Ross and Whitney, they have been a tremendous inspiration to me, every one of them, and they sacrifice so much. When you think about those things, this isn't an individual honor. I don't think any of us receive it that way. So many people invested so much in giving me the opportunity just to progress over a period of time.
"I had a mother who I would never be in this room without. My mother invested in me, my grandfather, coaches along the way - as a coach you have to reflect upon the wonderful coaches you've had with you, and I've certainly had so many. The wonderful players as young gentlemen and certainly as competitive players on the football field, and a staff, we've had tremendous administration both past and present. Also, the wonderful fan base that we have at Kansas State University; they've been so fantastic."
 
 

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