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BLACKMAN BECAME PART OF PURPLE FABRIC FOLLOWING TESTY EXCHANGE
November 20, 2015

Kevin Haskin in the Topeka Capital-Journal has a great story about Jack Hartman reassigning Ro from forward to guard. As usual, Jack was right, and it worked out great, leading to a Sports Illustrated cover and an invitation to the Olympics.

Here's a Sports Extra by Kelly Stewart, with Ro's comments on playing for K-State.

STUDENT ATHLETES LEARN FROM ESPN EXEC
November 9, 2015

Rosalyn Durant, the senior vice president of ESPN, visited with our athletes, and delivered the Huck Boyd Lecture on Nov. 5. She had valuable advice for them, as reported in this Sports Extra.

KSU MARCHING BAND'S MOVING TO THE CORNER
November 3, 2015

To be exact, the corner is the next phase of Bill Snyder Family Stadium renovation... the northeast area. Dr. Tracz and student government have been in on the planning all the way, and are on board. Still, it concerns me that the band members are headed to corner seats, instead of more like 40 yard line seats. I think they should have the best seats in the house. The stated goal is for the band to be more equally audible. They may be pointed toward more people, but they're sure going to be farther away. I just don't know. (link)

VANIER FOOTBALL COMPLEX VIDEO TOUR
October 27, 2015

Here's a brand new YouTube video... some of it recorded with a drone... of the latest in John Currie's $195,000,000 in new construction since 2012, for Basketball, Football, Tennis and Rowing, including facilities and services that can be used by all of our athletes.

SPORTS EXTRA: DEAN WADE
October 20, 2015

Dean Wade, 6' 10" MBB superstar recruit, was here all summer, and will soon be on the courts for the Cats. (story) (video)

K-STATE HONORS ICE FAMILY WITH NAMING OF BTF
September 16, 2015

Here's the announcement on kstatesports.com. Carl and Mary have been exceptionally generous to the university. Football fans are awestruck by the new video board at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which has been named for them. (K-State Sports Extra) (video)

CAMPAIGN TO COMPLETE THE BOWL
September 9, 2015

The $68 million Vanier Football Palace is complete, but don't move out the trailers. It's time to raise the last $6 million to do the $15 million corner project and video board. (link)

JORDY NELSON: KANSAS STATE FOOTBALL RING OF HONOR INDUCTEE
August 27, 2015

Jordy's upcoming addition to the Kansas State Football Ring of Honor completes his journey from walk-on to legend. (Collegian feature)

JORDY NELSON DISCUSSES HIS ACL INJURY
August 26, 2015

In this video from the Green Bay Packers, Jordy discusses his recent injury with reporters, and what lies ahead. His matter-of-fact, positive approach is inspiring. (video)

FARM, JORDY, FARM!
August 11, 2015

That's the title of a very complimentary feature on local hero Jordy Nelson. It covers his annual summer return to Riley to work on the Nelson family farm, even though his multimillion-dollar Packers contract has him set for life. link

MANY PERSONAL HEROES IN THE NEXT K-STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS
July 29, 2015

I don't know who made the decisions on this group of 10, who will be officially inducted on January 29, 2016, but talk about some slam-dunk choices! Personal heroes of mine include Mitch Holthus, Dawn Cady, Kendra Wecker, Nicole Ohlde, Michael Bishop and Martin Gramatica. (press release)

WADE NAMED TO PARADE ALL-AMERICA TEAM
May 30, 2015

Men's Basketball signee, 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward Dean Wade of St. John, has made the prestigious Parade All-America team... one of 30 to be named. (link)

ANDREW HAMOR NAMED ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR DEVELOPMENT
May 20, 2015

Andrew Hamor will replace Chad Weiberg as the top fundraiser, and I think he's a natural choice. He knows K-State Athletics and its supporters. I found him quite approachable and helpful when I've interacted with him. (press release)

JOHN CURRIE'S CONTRACT AMENDED
May 1, 2015

It's great news that Kansas State's exceptional director of athletics, John Currie, has agreed to a contract extension and upgrade. John's accomplishments with facilities have been astonishing. He has led with a wonderfully positive attitude, is a tremendous communicator, and from my own experience, remains quite approachable. (announcement)

TIM FITZGERALD'S INTERVIEW WITH KZDY RE: MARCUS FOSTER
March 26, 2015

This is an in-depth, 30-minute interview.

MARCUS FOSTER , TRE HARRIS AND JEVON THOMAS OFF THE ROSTER
March 24, 2015

Jevon has decided to transfer, and Marcus and Tre have been dismissed from the team, according to this announcement from Kansas State Athletics. I don't know all the facts, but I do know that our coaching staff have faced tremendous challenges with some of our players this season. Obviously Marcus was never the same after his NBA summer camp. I had told many people last year that he would be the "next big thing" in our MBB program, and was destined to have his jersey retired.

In our last game vs. TCU, Marcus added 0 points in 19 minutes. In the previous game vs. UT, he added a solid 15 points in 36 minutes. You never knew what you were going to get. For the season, Marcus averaged 12.5 points per game in 28 minutes per game, and Tre averaged 3.8 points per game, but we all know this wasn't about stats.

I'm sure this decision was not made without extensive thought and consultation. I wish all three of these gents the best, and I am 100% behind Coach Weber.

DEAN WADE: GATORADE KANSAS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
March 20, 2015

Dean, a 6-9", 225-pound forward, is the state's Gatorade Player of the Year. He signed with Kansas State on November 12. Many Cat fans made a special trip to the Kansas 2A championship game to watch Mr. Wade help St. John to the title. Read all the details from Sports Information.

JORDY NELSON INTERVIEWS WITH DAN PATRICK
March 11, 2015

Jordy tells Dan all about the wonders of Manhattan, Leonardville and Nelson's Landing. (story) (YouTube)

BIG 12 CONFERENCE REPRIMANDS KANSAS STATE
February 25, 2015

As we all know, K-State students stormed the court at the Octagon o' Doom after the glorious victory over the Squawks on Feb. 23. Today, two days later, Big 12 Commissioner Bowlsby issued a reprimand to the university for allowing it to happen. Because the game was an ESPN Big Monday broadcast, the network ran a clip of the Catstorm time after time the next day.

I don't approve of the students storming the court. It's usually only done after an emotional victory, which of course is the most dangerous time for it. Eventually a serious injury or fight will result, and the fact that only a minimal effort was made to prevent this happening will be a big liability. Naturally, KU will play up even the slightest negative aspect of it, as Roy Williams did some years back when a K-State fan lobbed a penny at him when he was in the tunnel. Also, I don't approve of organized use of profanity in our games. It's not necessary, and not appropriate, because there will always be someone in the crowd who is offended by it.

We all need to consider that if the university doesn't fix the issues, the Big 12 might. Didn't the conference force us to move the team benches to the opposite side of the court - away from the students - some years back?

What do we do? I don't think simply reasoning with the students will work. Sure, it will persuade a percentage of them, but not all. I think the only response that holds any promise is to announce that if there are any unacceptable behaviors in the future, the students will lose either Section 19 or 20 for the next season. After a season of watching games from Section 24 or 25, there should be enough peer pressure to prevent future indiscretions.

Do we can Darude's "Sandstorm?" No! If the students are determined to engage in profane chants, they could decide to do so when the ball is live, and NCAA rules prohibit PA or pep band music (that would help mask the language) during live ball action.

Finally, John Currie did a masterful job of addressing the situation in his phone interview with ESPN's Dan Patrick on Feb. 25. John gave a humble and realistic response to the issues, while interjecting talking points heralding K-State's many positive accomplishments. He also posted an appropriate apology to the Squawks. John truly is the best in business.

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(edit, Feb. 28): After a stern scripted warning by PA announcer Dave Lewis with two or three minutes to play vs. #12 Iowa State, five days after the Catstorm, no students stormed the court following the 70-69 win. Maybe the thought of the promised trip to jail was enough... this time. No one can predict the future, but a couple of dozen hired bouncers, plus all the ushers and custodial workers on the Bramlage Coliseum staff, helped make the point that the university meant business. I think the players returning to their old practice of circling the court for high fives was also a good move.

(edit, Mar. 1): Here's a viewpoint in USA Today, posted on March 1, in which the author understands that students want to celebrate a big win, but warns against the potential risks.

TYLER LOCKETT: CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN
January 13, 2015

K-State Sports Information tweeted the good news today, which of course is no surprise. Here's K-State's full coverage of Tyler's honors. The question isn't if Tyler will be in the Ring of Honor, but when it will be announced!

MARCUS FOSTER: BIG 12 + ESPN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 12, 2015

Here's the good news from K-State Sports Information.

K-STATE FOOTBALL AT THE ALAMO BOWL
January 1, 2015

It's like being there! (link)

K-STATE ATHLETICS: 2014 IN REVIEW
January 1, 2015

There's lots here: (link)

SPORTS EXTRA: TOP TEN OF 2014
December 27, 2014

Kelly McHugh has posted a Top 10 of her favorite Sports Extras from this year.   Part 1   Part 2

SPORTS EXTRA: GENE KEADY VISITS KANSAS STATE
December 17, 2014

Kelly McHugh has turned in yet another fine Sports Extra about Coach Keady's visit with Bruce Weber and Ernie Barrett.

INSIDE THE DOORS OF THE NCAA
October 24, 2014

I'm not much of a fan of the NCAA these days, and this feature by Sharon Terlep of the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the causes of its ineffectiveness.

MEET K-STATE SUPERFAN ROBERT LIPSON
October 17, 2014

Here's a real nice feature on K-State's own Robert Lipson. I have the highest respect for his commitment.

DELOSS DODDS HONORED WITH AN ANNUAL TRACK MEET IN HIS NAME
October 3, 2014

We ought to honor DeLoss. He did fine work here, and while at Texas, saved the Big 12 Conference. (story)

SAM PONDER WAS HERE, AND I DIDN'T KNOW IT!
September 18, 2014

Kelly McHugh did a Sports Extra on @sam_ponder's latest visit to Manhattan. Why didn't I see her? I follow her on Twitter, and she didn't announce her upcoming visit.

VANIER FOOTBALL COMPLEX ENHANCEMENTS
August 11, 2014

Here's the Master Plan.

HOW DUSTIN YODER ENDURED TO MAKE IT ON A D-1 STAFF
July 25, 2014

Dustin Yoder, K-State Men's Basketball Video Coordinator, has overcome all kinds of obstacles in his quest to become a D-1 basketball coach. Sean Frye of the Bleacher Report has his impressive story.

K-STATE'S OWN CLAIRE ROSS: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CHEERLEADER OF THE WEEK
June 18, 2014

Sports Illustrated doesn't understand that Claire's a Classy Cat, but they like her, regardless. They have over 60 photos of her on Classy Cat duty. She's about to begin her fourth year on the team.

THOMAS GIPSON: TOUGHEST PLAYER IN THE BIG 12
June 13, 2014

The Bleacher Report has an awesome feature on Thomas Gipson, and the injuries he's faced.

CAREER CATS PROVIDES BRIGHT FUTURE FOR STUDENT ATHLETES
May 4, 2014

In this Sports Extra by Kelly McHugh, we see another example of John Currie and Kansas State Athletics caring for the future of our athletes. There's also a video version.

IT'S ALL ABOUT FAMILY | LOCKETT FAMILY
April 21, 2014

We look back at Aaron and Kevin, then see some of Tyler's career accomplishments. Don't miss this YouTube video.

MIKE AHEARN: THE 'a-HEARN' STORY
April 8, 2014

Mark Janssen reminds us of the contributions of the legendary coach and athletic director in this Sports Extra.

BRUCE WEBER HAS FOUND MANHAPPINESS AT KANSAS STATE
March 19, 2014

Kellis Robinett has posted a very enjoyable feature on Bruce Weber's two seasons at K-State.

DENNIS DODD OF CBS LIKES THE BIG 12
March 13, 2014

Dennis Dodd of CBS has filed a highly-complimentary feature on football and basketball in our awesome conference.

HAPPY 92nd BIRTHDAY, TEX WINTER
February 26, 2014

The Kansas City Star has a nice feature on Tex, in honor of his birthday on Feb. 25.

A VISIT WITH THE VOICE OF THE CATS
February 24, 2014

Kelly McHugh posted a top-notch Sports Extra, featuring K-State's own Wyatt Thompson.

SPORTS EXTRA: BRUCE WEBER GIVES BACK
February 12, 2014

Kelly McHugh has another fine Sports Extra, featuring Coach Weber.

WEBER ANSWERED ALL QUESTIONS NOW
February 11, 2014

I never thought I'd link to anything written by Kevin Kietzman, but here you go. He agrees with me that Coach has answered every possible question in his second season with the Cats. (link)

MARCUS FOSTER: CBS SPORTS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
February 11, 2014

The naming of Marcus Foster as National Player o' the Week doesn't count last night's 20-point performance vs. the Squawks. (link)

COACHING: THE PERFECT CAREER FOR BRUCE WEBER
February 10, 2014

The Kansas State Collegian has the latest feature on Coach Weber's basketball background.

SPORTS EXTRA: THOMAS GIPSON - A LEADER THROUGH IT ALL
February 7, 2014

Here's a Sports Extra featuring Thomas Gipson.

WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN, GIPSON BUILDS K-STATE UP
February 6, 2014

Kellis Robinett has posted a fine feature on Thomas Gipson in The Wichita Eagle.

K-STATE ASSISTANT CHRIS LOWERY
January 30, 2014

Sean Keeler of Fox Sports Kansas City has posted a very interesting feature on Coach Lowery.

MEET MARCUS FOSTER: NCAA BASKETBALL'S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER
January 27, 2014

This is a must-read feature on Marcus by C. J. Moore of the Bleacher Report.

BRUCE WEBER AND KANSAS STATE LOOK LIKE AN IDEAL FIT
January 16, 2014

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star posted an opinion piece today that explains why Coach Weber was such a good hire.

CONGRATS TO WYATT THOMPSON
January 9, 2014

Wyatt has been named the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. (We knew he was the best already!) Here's the announcement from K-State Athletics.

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT BRUCE WEBER
January 7, 2014

Legendary writer Mark Janssen has a two-part K-State Sports Extra on Coach Weber.   Part 1   Part 2

PRIDE OF WILDCAT LAND'S PERFORMANCES AT THE BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL
December 28, 2013

The band's YouTube page now has high-definition videos of the pregame and halftime performances in Tempe. Don't miss them!

PRESIDENT SCHULZ ANNOUNCES EXTENSION FOR JOHN CURRIE
December 20, 2013

The signing of John Currie through the next six years is the best news since the return of Bill Snyder. I don't think anyone on earth could have done a better job as our director of athletics. Read the announcement.

JOHN CURRIE: BOBBY DODD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
October 2, 2013

The Bobby Dodd Foundation has named K-State's own John Currie as National Athletic Director of the Year, the Wichita Eagle reports. Also, here's the write-up from K-State Athletics.

WASHINGTON POST: CHARLIE WEIS IS INDEED A GURU OF PASSING... THE BUCK
July 26, 2013

A KU alumna wrote this opinion piece in The Washington Post, calling Charlie Weis a "boorish blowhard." Her main complaint is Charlie throwing his players under the bus.

COLLIN KLEIN: BIG 12 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
July 25, 2013

Our All-American and Heisman finalist has collected a very fine honor. Collin did everything the right way. K-Staters couldn't have asked for a finer representative. (announcement)

SPORTS EXTRA: BILL SNYDER TALKS QB RACE AND RETIREMENT
July 22, 2013

Everyone should read this Sports Extra from Mark Janssen. Here's a bulletin: Coach hasn't picked the quarterback yet.

THE YEAR OF THE WILDCAT
July 1, 2013

Athletics has released The Year of the Wildcat, a nice-looking compilation of stats and photos reviewing individual and team success throughout 2012-13. What a year it was!

K-STATE'S CURRIE RIDING HIGH AFTER BIG YEAR
June 29, 2013

Kellis Robinett has a nice feature in the Kansas City Star on John Currie and K-State's successes in 2012-13. We're extremely fortunate to have John here. His accomplishments as athletics director are unequaled.

MIKE EVANS LEARNS HOW HE WAS RECRUITED TO KANSAS STATE
June 28, 2013

Larry Weigel has written an awesome feature in the Manhattan Mercury, revealing how Mike Evans learned from Dean Smith that the legendary coach had recommended him to our legendary coach, Jack Hartman. I'll never forget Mike Evans, and neither will anyone else who was around K-State during the Mike and Chuckie era. 33 years later, I remember Mike making 30 points in his first game as a freshman Cat.

OREGON STATE FANS HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN "THE SHOT"
June 6, 2013

Kansas State Baseball posted yet another come-from-behind victory, this time 6-2 over Oregon State in the 10th inning. As many times as I've looked at Rolando's Sports Illustrated cover, I didn't think of it as Baseball prepared to play the #3-ranked team. Fans there sure haven't forgotten The Shot, as we see in this story in The Oregonian from June 6.

REMEMBERING FRED WHITE
May 19, 2013

Mark Janssen, as you know he would, has written a wonderful eulogy for Fred White. Be sure to have a look. I sat near him at K-State football, and a couple of years ago approached him to give my personal thanks for all that he did for K-State. After his years of broadcasting K-State games for WIBW radio, he did a great job in his role as an objective play-by-play man for TV coverage.

Fred was enough of a friend of K-State that he was asked to conduct the memorial service for Jack Hartman, in Ahearn Field House in 1998. Here's a tribute from the Kansas City Royals.

VETERAN 'CAT BROADCASTER FRED WHITE RETIRES
May 14, 2013

The Royals have announced the retirement of Fred from their organization, citing recent health issues. First, I wish Fred the best in his recovery. I have so many memories of him hosting Jack Hartman and Vince Gibson TV shows, covering K-State games on 580 WIBW, and in more recent years, as a TV play-by-play man for men's basketball. He's the Royals' release. Here's Fred's coverage from the last basketball game in Ahearn.

I ORDERED MY LEGACY BRICK FOR THE WEST STADIUM CENTER.
May 3, 2013

TEXAS COACH RICK BARNES ON THE CATS (KSU 66, UT 49)
March 14, 2013

"Kansas State's really good. I mean, really really good. I love what they're made up of. I love their make-up. I love what the way they do a lot of things. They play extremely well together as a team. They understand their roles. They compete. I mean, they go get balls, they get their hands on balls, they come up with it. And Rodney McGruder's a tough, tough, hard-nosed basketball player that I've really watched develop over his time, and he's really active... does a lot of things. But... they're really good. They're really good, and I thought we did some things early, but we helped 'em too much... just turnovers that you can't have, you can't... a team that is not gonna beat themselves. You can't fuel that fire, and we fueled that fire."

"Again, Kansas State... they just don't need much help. I think they're the best team in the Big 12. I do. I think they're the best team in the Big 12. Now, whether or not they... if you go back and look, they tie up for the championship and can always go back to an Iowa State game there. But we'll see. They're going to have to... they're set up to win a tournament like this because they're tough, they're hard nosed. They get their hands on a lot of balls."

IS K-STATE THE NATION'S HOTTEST SCHOOL?
March 12, 2013

An Associated Press feature looks at the interest in our athletic programs President Schulz is encountering across the nation. Don't miss it!

K-STATE'S WEBER HAS TAKEN HEAT AND SURVIVED
March 12, 2013

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star posted this interesting feature on Coach Weber.

K-STATE THE NATION'S HOTTEST TEAM? (AP)
March 12, 2013

An Associated Press feature looks at the interest in our athletic programs President Schulz is encountering across the nation. Don't miss it!

BIG 12 SEASON AWARDS ANNOUNCED
March 10, 2013

The Big 12 Conference has announced good news for Cat fans. Rodney McGruder is First Team All-Big 12. Angel Rodriguez is Second Team All-Big 12. Bruce Weber is Big 12 Coach of the Year, with 25 wins (and counting). Here's the news from Sports Information. Here are Twitter pictures of the team and staff and Coach of the Year Bruce Weber with the Big 12 championship trophy.

KANSAS STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL: BIG 12 CHAMPIONS
March 9, 2013

Here's the Big 12 champions video released by Athletics on March 10. The music choice is not good, but you'll want to see it, regardless.

K. C. STAR: K-STATE'S SPORTS YEAR IS THE ENVY OF THE BIG 12
March 9, 2013

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star reviews K-State's recent achievements, and upsets the birds a bit.

WEBER, LOWERY BECOME EFFECTIVE 1-2 COACHING PUNCH FOR K-STATE
February 28, 2013

This is a feature by Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star. It shows how much the two coaches are in sync.

BRAMLAGE COLISEUM: THE OCTAGON OF ROOM
February 20, 2013

In this story, Curtis Kitchen is trying to figure out what many are puzzled by: why K-State students aren't coming to men's basketball games. I'm proud that K-State has for decades been so good to students in terms of prime seating. I know agreements are in place. But... maybe it's time to re-evaluate. We all know students are beating the system to ensure seats for the KU game. If that's all the majority of them care about, I'm at a point where I think Athletics should set some expectations on attendance. Any performance required should span more than just a few games, or the students will rally temporarily. By the way, during the West Virginia game, the Rec Complex was stuffed with students.

A FEW WORDS FROM BAYLOR'S SCOTT DREW
February 16, 2013

"Angel Rodriguez is phenomenal. That is an All-American out there. He is as good as you will find in college basketball. He controlled the tempo, and with 22 points, 10 assists and two turnovers. That is amazing."

Edit Feb. 18, 2013: Angel was named Big 12 Player of the Week today.

A VERY INTERESTING STORY ON MEN'S BB
February 16, 2013

Jason King of ESPN filed this story, which might help explain the 20-point win over a strong Baylor team.

LONG ROAD TO LEGENDARY: TEX WINTER
February 14, 2013

Here's a nice feature on Coach Tex Winter from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

VIDEO: UPDATE ON WEST STADIUM CENTER (WITH JOHN CURRIE)
February 13, 2013

John said there were 175 workers on site at the time the tour was recorded. (video)

AN ADVANCE LOOK AT THE KU GAME
February 9, 2013

Veteran Topeka Capital-Journal writer Kevin Haskin has posted Surging Cats can extend KU's misery. Don't miss it.

K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL — ONE PICTURE'S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
February 9, 2013

PRESIDENT SCHULZ TO THE NCAA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
January 31, 2013

Kansas State announced today that President Kirk Schulz has been asked to serve on the NCAA Executive Committee. I'm sure Dr. Schulz will ask the right questions, and represent our institution and the Big 12 Conference tremendously. Here's the announcement from the Big 12 office.

WEBER HAS K-STATE MOVING FORWARD
January 22, 2013

ESPN's Jason King has a nice evaluation of Bruce Weber's first season.

RODNEY McGRUDER: BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (AS USUAL)
January 21, 2013

Rodney's Big 12 Player of the Week for the 4th time in 7 weeks. Here's the announcement.

TEXAS A&M ASKS FOR HELP FROM HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER'S PARENTS
January 14, 2013

The Heisman Trophy voters awarded the 2013 Heisman to a scofflaw freshman, Johnny Manziel. The first thing you know, he's photographed in a casino, flashing a wad of currency. (Where did that come from?) Now, as openly admitted by Texas A&M, the director of athletics has felt to need to call in Johnny's mommy and daddy to help teach him how to behave.

Is there one chance in a billion that this would have happened if the trophy had gone to K-State's gentleman quarterback, Collin Klein?

TEXAS MBB GAME TIME CHANGE
January 14, 2013

The men's game vs. Texas on Jan. 30 in Bramlage Coliseum has been changed from an 8:00 to 7:00 P tip.

JOE BOB CLEMENTS
January 13, 2013

Apparently a reported salary of $210,000, plus the opportunity to coach with the legendary Bill Snyder, is not enough for Joe Bob, so he's taking Coach Snyder's playbook and strategies to Oklahoma State. I could live with a transfer if he weren't moving to a school we play every year. There are other ways to achieve professional advancement than working at defeating your alma mater. I am not impressed.

HELP THE FAMILIES OF MICHAEL TYSVER & CODY CLARK.
January 2013

These are the two young Cat fans who were seriously injured while in a pedicab in Arizona. As I understand it, they are still hospitalized in Arizona. A fundraising site has been established to assist family with the costs of supporting them as they recover. Here's a related story from WIBW-TV. Don't miss this Jan. 17 update on Michael Tysver from KWCH in Wichita.

COLLIN, MALONE TO PLAY IN EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME
January 8, 2013

The game will be played in Florida on January 19. Here's a full announcement from Sports Information.

RODNEY: BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 7, 2013

I think we saw this coming down Kimball Avenue. The Big 12 Conference announced today that K-State's own Rodney McGruder is the Big 12 Player o' the Week. This is the third time in five weeks that Rodney has been honored, with previous selections on Dec. 10 and 24. Here's the corresponding announcement from K-State. This is a nice addition to being ESPN's National Player of the Week.

KSU 73, OSU 67
January 5, 2013

This was an important win, for confidence, postseason play and fan support. The Cats have struggled to make shots in some games. Seeing Rodney McGruder make 26 points in one half will be remembered. McGruder's drawn lots of attention from the press. ESPN.com's Player of the Week, K-State's McGruder finds his stroke, Rodney McGruder leads K-State, McGruder's big half propels K-State, McGruder mistakenly leaves arena, CBS Sports: Cats at #12

Nino Williams played a huge part in this victory. He hit 7 of 11 (64%) from the field, and 3 of 3 on free throws. He had five rebounds and 17 points. Without his contributions, we would not have won.

BIG 12 CHAMPIONS
January 5, 2013

Thanks to K-State Athletics for the awesome 24" x 36" poster, and the best fan experience in the Big 12.

THIS JUST HAPPENED...
November 13, 2012


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Here's the link for more from the magazine. They're going to sell a few hundred thousand of these in the state of Kansas.

K-STATE 25, OU 19
September 23, 2012

I don't pretend to cover every single game here, and I'm up to my ears with Volleyball right now, but I want to link to some of the OU game write-ups or features that I think are keepers.

AHEARN FUND REACHES NEW RECORD LEVELS
August 21, 2012

In a release from Sports Information, we read,

"Thanks to grass-roots support of Ahearn Fund members world-wide, a record $25.8 million was contributed to K-State Athletics in 2011-12, reflecting a jump of 45 percent from the previous year's total of $17.8 million, while the number of K-Staters participating grew by 12 percent to an all-time high of 7,866 members. In just three years, outright contributions to the department have now doubled compared to fiscal year 2009's $12.7 million mark."

"This increased philanthropic support has enabled the department to construct the new $18 million Basketball Training Facility and build momentum towards its new facility strategic goals designed to provide comprehensive improvements for all Wildcat student-athletes and fans. On April 28, 2012, ground was broken for the West Stadium Center project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium thanks to an ongoing national effort that included a $5 million anonymous gift, the largest in the history of the department. More than $53 million has now been secured towards the $75 million project, which represents Phase II of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan."

This good news represents unparalleled leadership by John Currie, and tremendous work by his development staff. The generosity of K-State fans nationwide is the other part of the equation. Athletics at K-State is headed toward a whole new level. We all should show our gratitude for their accomplishments.

YOU MUST WATCH THIS AWESOME FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO
July 19, 2012

A YouTube account holder, musergocats, has recently uploaded a tremendous highlights video from 1991 - 2011. Don't miss it!

BIG XII CONFERENCE: 2011-12 IN REVIEW
June, 2012

Here's something you just can't miss. This is 3½ minutes of video, set to Bruce Springsteen's 1992 "Better Days," that reminds us what a tremendous conference we're part of. Wasn't it just a year ago at this time that we justifiably wondered if K-State and the Big 12 had a future? Thankfully, leaders like John Currie and Kirk Schulz worked tirelessly to stabilize the conference.

There's some mischief in this video. Thanks to some fun editing, at 2:20, when Bruce sings,

But it's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin
And can't stand the company
Every fool's got a reason for feelin' sorry for himself
And turning his heart to stone...
...we see clips of Texas A&M and Missouri players moping after losses. Soon after that, clips of Texas Christian and West Virginia crowds are shown.

We have some big-time rivalries, but sometimes it's nice to remember that we're part of something great.

SUNFLOWER MOWDOWN
May 13, 2012

The Kansas City Star, if you can imagine it, has an interesting story about K-State's recent dominance over KU in athletics. The story includes a game-by-game chart. As of today, the current breakdown is K-State: 20, KU: 5.

BOB BOWLSBY: NEW BIG 12 COMMISSIONER
May 3, 2012

John Currie seems very upbeat about the hiring of Mr. Bowlsby, a 60-year-old Iowa native who has been the AD at Stanford for a few years. Here's the announcement from the Big 12.

COLLEGE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS WITH THE HIGHEST NET INCOME
April 7, 2012

businessinsider.com has a fun chart that shows Kansas State #5 on the list of most profitable athletic departments last year. John Currie explained to WHB the other day that this was due in part to the $18,000,000 basketball facility and the upcoming $75,000,000 football facility, but still... we're a far cry from where we were not that many years ago.

JASON WHITLOCK WEIGHS IN ON THE JAMAR SAMUELS STORY
March 19, 2012

Hmm. It seems Jason takes the same dim view of the NCAA that I have. He's filed a story for FOX Sports, Samuels a victim of NCAA sham. I don't agree with every point he's made, but as usual, a Whitlock column has some interesting points.

MORE MARCH MADNESS: THE PERSECUTION OF JAMAR SAMUELS
March 19, 2012

I have long held that no institution in an NCAA division is in full compliance, simply because there are so many rules (many outside the influence of an institution) that no school could possibly be in full compliance. The latest NCAA Division I Manual is 439 pages long!

With that said, I do believe that universities should comply with the rules, and should work to get them changed if they don't agree with them.

This is not really about Jamar's situation, but rather about the inequity of the billions of dollars taken in by the NCAA vs. the limits placed on rewarding student athletes for their efforts. I don't believe in doing away with the idea of keeping amateur athletics in college, but I have long believed that athletes should be able to receive a reasonable amount of money for incidental and unexpected expenses.

The NCAA doesn't allow scholarship athletes to have a job during the school year, and they hold a magnifying glass to what they're earning during the summer. Realistically, a Big 12 student athlete doesn't have time for a job during the school year, anyway. Our conference is so competitive that any school that wants to succeed has to have their athletes in training and unofficial practices all year. For example, our #22-ranked volleyball team members volunteered to spend the summer of 2011 in Manhattan, in order to get better. (Thanks, Cats!)

This entry carries the title of this article by Dave Zirin in The Nation on March 19. Zirin paints an interesting picture of the $10,800,000,000 to be taken in by the NCAA this March Madness, vs. what goes to athletes.

IS THE BIG 12's NEW DEAL WITH ABC/ESPN A GOOD IDEA?
March 17, 2012

Barry Tramel of The Oklahoman has an interesting column on the new deal that will pay each Big 12 school about $20,000,000 per year. Combined with income from FOX, the Big 12 will bring in about $2,500,000,000 over the next 13 years. That sounds like a tidy sum to me.

MISSOURI BASKETBALL: ONE AND DONE  /  SEC YOU LATER!
March 16, 2012

Or should I say one not won? Should we as Cats be taking such pleasure in another school's Mizzery? That's what you get for almost destroying the Big 12 Conference, Missouri. I couldn't be happier.

REMEMBERING VINCE, WITH A TOUCH OF PEPPER
January 13, 2012

We lost a beloved coach and colorful character this week, as Vince Gibson lost his battle with ALS. Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital-Journal remembers Vince. I never met Vince, but my friends and I never missed one of his pep rallies, held in Aggieville before each home football game. Because of his leadership we have our football stadium, and unforgettable (and improbable) victories over Oklahoma and Nebraska.

MY TOP 5 K-STATE SPORTS MOMENTS FOR 2011
December 31, 2011

  • FEBRUARY 14, MEN'S BASKETBALL
    Jacob Pullen went nuts and laid 38 points on #1 KU, leading to an 84-68 victory. A good time was had by all. Jacob finished his career with 2,132 points, more than any other Cat in history.

  • MARCH 2, WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
    Brittany Chambers went nuts and scored 35 on #5 Texas A&M, leading to a 71-67 victory. In April, the Aggies became national champions.

  • SEPTEMBER 24, FOOTBALL
    The Cats' goal line stop on Miami in the last minute of the game led to a 28-24 defeat of the Hurricanes, a victory few believed was possible. This provided a level of confidence that paved the way for the Cats' 10-2 season.

  • NOVEMBER 19, FOOTBALL
    The Cats defeated Texas in Austin, 17-13, before a crowd of 100,705. This marked the fourth consecutive win over Texas, with the Cats now 6-2 against the Longhorns in the Big 12 era, and 3-1 in Austin.

  • DECEMBER 2: VOLLEYBALL
    The Cats defeated #2 Nebraska on their own court in Lincoln, eliminating them from the NCAA tournament, while punching their ticket to the Sweet 16.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S FLEECING OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
December 15, 2011

Pete Kotz in the Dallas Observer has written a well-researched and important article. You can see the original or the printer-friendly version.

Kotz points out what I've seen for years. There are so many people with their hands in the cookie jar that only the government or the NCAA will ever straighten out this mess. Lots of schools are suffering a net loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the highly-debatable prestige of playing in a bowl game, many of which the average American couldn't name to save their lives.

How are universities being lured into this?

  • extra practice days allowed by the NCAA for bowl-bound schools
  • free vacations (some even to warmer areas) for administrators, coaches and athletic department employees
  • padding the list of all-time bowl game invitations (no matter if the list includes third-tier bowl games)
  • bonuses to coaches and administrators if the team earns a bowl invitation
  • Everybody's doing it!
Bowl game executives like Rick Baker of the Cotton Bowl, which has done such a pathetic job of providing tickets to K-State fans instead of Dallas-area fat cats, was paid $470,000 in 2009, according to the author. Many bowls require the teams to come days early, enriching local hotels and restaurants. Bowls require huge ticket purchase guarantees that most schools can't meet, especially if the game is played on the other side of the continent. K-Staters know all too well how Lew Perkins bought KU's way into the Orange Bowl by guaranteeing ticket sales.

This article doesn't address the unfair good-old-boy selection process for the most prestigious bowls; e.g., the Sugar Bowl's snubbing of Kansas State this fall. I don't advocate a playoff system, but I do believe the NCAA could rent stadiums in nice locations and have its own bowl system, guiding a much greater percentage of the bowl jackpots to the universities who play in them.

SAYING FAREWELL TO NUMBER 0
March 5, 2011

Mark Janssen has a must-read interview with Jacob Pullen in today's Kansas State Sports Blog.

BASKETBALL TRAINING FACILITY GROUNDBREAKING
February 26, 2011

Since I live about 150 feet from the groundbreaking site, I moseyed over there to take pictures. The indoor activities were "invitation only," but the dignitaries came outside for five minutes to dig some dirt that had already been plowed. I made a modest little photo gallery.

THE KANSAS CITY STAR
November 21, 2010

J. Brady McCollough has a tremendous story in the Kansas City Star related to Tex Winter's induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame today, and his place in K-State history. Today, Sam Mellinger has How Frank Martin won over Kansas State. (Thanks a lot, Brady and Sam, for blabbing all our trade secrets! He he.

BIG 12: 187, KU: 40
October 31, 2010

That's right. After four games, KU football has improved in the Big 12 from 159-24 to 187-40. We're proud of you, Squawks!

Here's what one of their fans wrote: "KU has officially become the perennial cellar dweller of the Big 12 AGAIN. Our program is now the worst college football program in the Big 12 by a LARGE margin. Heck, we may currently own one of the worst football programs in all of Division 1. Our homecoming game today was effectively a funeral march for the football program. If we keep Gill as our head coach, we might as well bulldoze down Memorial Stadium and erect a headstone for the program tomorrow."

BASKETBALL TRAINING FACILITY
October 16, 2010

K-State Sports has a new Web site to introduce plans for the project, and request donations. It appears that $12,000,000 of the needed $20,000,000 has been pledged, with $15,000,000 needed to proceed. Here's a story on the facility from the Kansas City Star.

BIG LEW LEFT HUGE DEBT AT KU
September 14, 2010

Mark Fagan in the Lawrence Journal-World reports that KU currently has $93.67 million in athletics department debt. It sounds as if they sure could have used that $1,000,000 that was embezzled. Silly birds!

KRAUSE / PRINCE
Throughout 2010

If anyone still wants to think about the $3,200,000 secret Ron Prince buyout, my posts on that topic are archived here.

THE PRESSURE'S REALLY ON COACH NOW!
April 23, 2010

"People talk about pressure of beating KU. That's nothing compared to knowing you have to cook a $17,000 meal," Frank Martin observed at the annual Powercat Auction tonight. The auction was such a hit that Frank offered to auction a second and third home-cooked Cuban meal to two other $17,000 bidders.

ELITE 8 WRAP-UP
March 27, 2010

SWEET SIXTEEN WRAP-UP
March 26, 2010

FUN QUOTES FROM KU FANS DURING THE XAVIER GAME
March 26, 2010

  • Best non-KU game I've seen in awhile.
  • This game is cool.
  • The Beard has icewater in his veins!
  • K-State has so earned this one. Hell, both teams have. These daggers after daggers against one another...
  • Hard not to like #00 for K-State.
  • As bad as the UK/Cornell game was... this one is that good. Whoever wins this game, may not have any legs left on Sat.
  • Never thought I would enjoy watching K-State in the tourney this much after our debacle!
  • Butler has NOTHING inside to match KSU's size.
  • No one can say K-State isnt tough as nails. I'd like to see them play UK.
  • KSU might be the only team with the athletes, depth, and defense left in the tourney to challenge UK.
  • Hate to say it, but the team Kansas handled 3 times this season is going to the Final Four. I just feel it.
  • This is the game of the tournament.
  • For some reason, I know KSU won't lose.
  • I think Frank Martin just earned himself NCOY. Would've been a good match up with Bill and Martin, but obviously Martin will win now, IMO.

GREGG DOYEL: YOU COULDN'T SEE MARTIN COMING, BUT HE CERTAINLY ARRIVED
March 24, 2010

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports writes this time about our coach. Here's his column. You don't want to miss it, even though he's reviewing for America what we already know.

WILL THE SQUAWKS WATCH THE CATS IN THE SWEET 16?
March 20, 2010

Jacob Pullen makes 34 points to lead the Cats to victory in Oklahoma City over a very fine Brigham Young team. The mythical poultry will have about eight months to peck on today's events.

Good stuff to read keeps rolling in, so here we go:

K-STATE MBB: 2 SEED IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
March 14, 2010

K-State Sports Information has set up 2010 NCAA Tournament Central. It's billed as everything you need to know.

As usual, the NCAA has produced a lame Web site to cover the men's tournament. While everyone and his brother has a bracket out, the NCAA can't manage to be first to release it. For example... less than an hour after the selection show ended, look at all these other sites that have detailed tournament information.

Enough whining. Let's go win some games. The all-time record of 25 wins is now history.

Edit: HDSportsguide.com has complete information about CBS coverage of the tournament. This link seems to be CBS's main page for their coverage. Also, don't miss CBS's K-State Confidential.

A BIG DAY FOR FRANK MARTIN (AND K-STATE)
March 7, 2010

Athletics director John Currie announced today that Coach Martin has been signed through 2014-15. The salary will progressively increase: $1.2 million in the 2010-11 contract year, $1.3 million in 2011-12, $1.4 million in 2012-13, $1.5 million in 2013-14 and $1.6 million in 2014-15. This is the great news that K-Staters have been waiting for. I personally wasn't nervous, because I understood Coach's commitment to K-State, and felt it was just a matter of time until this was done. Click here to download a 6 MB .mp3 of the contract press conference. Click here to download a PDF of Coach's new contract from K-State Sports Information.

One other thing (swiping a paragraph from Sports Information): Frank Martin was named today the Big 12 Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and the league's coaches. Martin has K-State off to its best start since the 1958-59 season, while the current 24 victories and 11 conference wins are the most for the Wildcats in the Big 12 era and most since the 1987-88 squad won a school-record 25 games. The team earned its first Top 5 ranking in nearly 50 years last Monday when it rose to No. 5 in each poll. It marked the fifth straight Top 10 ranking this season, including the fourth in both major polls. He has guided the school to four wins over Top 25 teams, which is the most-ever by K-State in a regular season, including just its third-ever over a No. 1 team and first since 1994 with its 71-62 victory over Texas on Jan. 18.

WHITLOCK: K-STATE FANS WERE A TREMENDOUS HELP.
February 27, 2010

Our pal Jason Whitlock has a nice commentary on the Cats' victory over Missouri today. Jason says, "K-State fans, take a bow. You kept the Wildcats' title hopes alive for at least four more days, and you pretty much ensured that Martin will be conference coach of the year and the favorite for national coach of the year."

CATS' HIGHEST RANKING IN 47 YEARS!
February 22, 2010

On March 7, 1962, K-State was ranked #3 in the AP poll. Now, almost 48 years later, we've come in at #6 in the poll released today. Our coaches and players have worked very hard for this, and for the most part, the fans have done a great job this season. The next month is going to be an amazing time.

DENIS CLEMENTE: BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
February 8, 2010

The Big 12 Conference has named senior guard Denis Clemente the Player of the Week. The conference says, "Clemente averaged 26.5 points and 4.0 assists as Kansas State recorded road victories at Nebraska (76-57) and Iowa State (79-75). The senior guard started play with a 23-point effort versus the Huskers, connecting on 7-of-14 shots from the floor. He then followed with his third career 30-point performance by scoring 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting against the Cyclones. For the week, he hit 50 percent (16-of-32) of his shots from the floor, including 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from 3-point range. He also totaled seven rebounds and averaged 36.0 minutes. Clemente is tied for fourth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (51) this season." Here's the official announcement.

ESPN PUTS K-STATE HOOPS AT CENTER COURT
January 30, 2010

GoPowercat.com has a great story on College Game Day at our house. This story is free content.

HOW TO SPOIL A GOOD AFTERNOON OF BASKETBALL: TWEET!
January 17, 2010

Neill Woelk of the buffzone / dailycamera.com in Boulder has quite a write-up of the officiating witnessed at our game with CU yesterday. Something about the 68 personal fouls and 94 free throws caught his attention. The Cats' 54 free throws attempted came in as third all-time. This was on the heels of the Texas A&M game, in which 53 personal fouls were called, and 70 free throws were attempted. And we thought that was ridiculous! It'll be interesting to see if the Big 12 says a word about this.

FUN QUOTES FROM THE AGGIES
January 12, 2010

K-State MBB had a fine 88-65 nationally televised win over Texas A&M tonight. Denis Clemente was on fire, ending with 24 points, and Jamar Samuels added 19. Here are some fun quotes from an Aggies message board. They didn't like the referees much, either!

  • "I have a feeling we're about to get run out of the gym again. First football in Manhattan, now basketball? Ouch."
  • "If K-State shoots like this every game they will win a national title... Of course this happens to us."
  • "This really sucks to be owned by K-State so much in multiple sports the last 2 years."
  • "These refs went to the Hellen Keller school of officiating."
  • "I don't think we're trying to foul them... I think we're out of our game because we're not allowed to touch them at all. On the other hand, KSU is getting called with the same ticky-tack crap and they don't suck, so I don't know what to tell you."
  • "I hate Big 12 officiating. Both teams in the double bonus the rest of the way. Big 12 games never get into any rhythm. Too many whistles."
  • "This fouling is ridiculous. It's getting called on both ends and makes the games awful to watch."
  • "Not a 'woe is me aggie fan the refs are bad,' but on both ends of the ball, just terrible. As I'm typing another ticky tack foul against K-State. Terrible."
  • "I'm sitting here yelling at the TV... and it's about the fact that they called a foul against K-State! This is just ridiculous, on both ends."

THE MIKE LEACH MESS
December 31, 2009

I'm watching the Mike Leach firing with great interest, and also wondering if we (the public) will ever be confident that we know the full and true facts.

I believe that many problems facing our nation come from our historical quest for fairness. It's a noble-sounding concept, but it also carries a high price. Fairness in our justice system has cost people's lives, as criminals have been released, only to steal or kill again. Fair international trade has seen other countries take ridiculous advantage of us. However well-intended our national values are, we have to be alert to finding the breaking point between fairness and outright stupidity.

The customer service model has crept into our education system, from kindergarten through graduate school. Educators wrestle every day with "student development" vs. "customer service." Along with that is the increased willingness of students and parents to file a lawsuit whenever they don't get exactly what they want.

Did Mike Leach go too far by isolating a player who, by most reports, was not respected or liked by his teammates? He could have found a more appropriate response than solitary confinement. Leach has a law degree. He ought to have sense enough to know that while most of his motivation for isolating the player may have been lazy performance in practice, the player and family would link the isolation to the concussion, thereby making Leach look like an insensitive monster.

On the other hand, I believe that we've got to keep parents and administrators out of head coaching decisions as much as possible. What's happening at the college level began with little league and soccer. We've seen it here, too, for example when Jackie Stanley's dad pulled her from K-State for insufficient playing time (behind Shalee Lehning, I might add) as a first-semester freshman.

We should let coaches do their job. What they're asking their athletes to do is not far removed from soldiers going into war. It's hard, it's often painful and it calls for giving every bit of effort humanly possible. Some people aren't up to that, and different people respond in different ways. Coaches know their players, their abilities and their attitudes. We have to trust our coaches' judgment, because they have behind-the-scenes information we don't have.

In conclusion, here's what I think. For one thing, insufficient time was allowed in the Mike Leach investigation to get the full picture of information needed for a sound decision. Is it OK to punish players? I think so, and I've seen it personally on our own campus, as players have gotten some special assignments involving bleachers. I just think coaches need to take that extra moment to consider whether the punishment is teaching something, if it leaves the athlete with dignity intact, if the media and the public would consider it reasonable under the circumstances, etc. Head coaches at big-time universities are often making huge salaries, and they just need to remember that their high pay doesn't confer immunity from public opinion. A helpful guideline would be, what would Bill Snyder do?

HERE'S ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS!
December 16, 2009

The Cats' MBB program is #1 in the RealTime RPI today!

KANSAS STATE READY TO BE A PLAYER IN THE BIG 12
December 14, 2009

Andy Katz of ESPN has named the Cats as the ESPN Team of the Week!

KRUGER'S UNIQUE STAFF CARRIES DEEP K-STATE ROOTS
December 9, 2009

The Cats are playing UNLV this week, and they're coached by two of my all-time favorite MBB players, Lon Kruger and Steve Henson. Here's a fine article in the Las Vegas Sun on the connections Lon's staff have with K-State. I really appreciated Lon's and Greg's contributions to the Men's Basketball History DVD that came out last year. By the way, Coach Neil Crane, mentioned in the article, gave me two semesters of A in physical education at Highland Community College, which anyone who knows me would find hard to believe.

STUDY FINDS NCAA OFFICIALS TRY TO KEEP FOUL NUMBERS EVEN
December 5, 2009

Here's a column from the Kansas City Star which reports a study done in 2004-05 on the tendencies of NCAA referees in calling fouls. The professors involved concluded that referees are very aware of the balance of fouls on the scoreboard, and big picture, they try to even them out.

BIG 12 / PAC 10 HARDWOOD SERIES
December 6, 2009

This series was started in 2007 to up the level of nonconference play. Here's a Wikipedia link. As of today, it's Big 12 - 8, Pac 10 - 2.

FRANK MARTIN QUOTES
2009

  • 12/12/09: "We've got to take this experience and build on it. They don't give parades for wins in December. We shot it well in practice and shot it even better today. I felt if we made passes, we'd make some shots. It's a heck of a win for our young team."

  • 12/05/09: "It's the best we've done this year."

  • 12/05/09: "Our guys have big hearts. They have a lot of pride. They came in here the right way and played the game with tremendous energy and passion."

  • 12/01/09: "A couple guys on our team, their manhood is going to get challenged now. Either they're going to step up and join us, or they're going to break and quit. I don't know, that's on them."

  • 11/28/09: "Curtis is a big-time talent. Curtis' problem is that he's got his mind made up on what he needs to do, and he won't do what we're asking him to do. If he ever buys in and decides to commit himself to doing the things we're asking him to do, he makes us a good basketball team."

  • 11/28/09: "I collect a salary for more than just wearing a suit on the sideline. We'll get this figured out."

  • 11/28/09: "I know I'm not very intelligent, but for the last 25 years of my life, this is what I've done. I know we're going to get this right. And if we don't get it right, you're going to see different people wearing our uniforms, I can promise that."

ROBERT J. LIPSON
November 14, 2009

Here's the link to the Wall Street Journal article about Robert as a K-State football fan.

SNYDER'S EFFECT IS FELT BY MANY
October 28, 2009

John Hoover of the Tulsa World has a nice story on the impact of Coach Snyder on his former assistants. Here's the link.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE COST THE CATS THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
March 16, 2009

TRADITION OF CHAMPIONS: MEN'S BASKETBALL HISTORY DVD
December 27, 2008

I took four hours over the holiday weekend to watch all of this documentary. It has segments on teams, coaches, facilities and memorable moments. It has commentary from a number of former players and coaches. When they refer to a great game or moment, the DVD will then go to footage of the game.

Some of the former players with commentary are Mr. K-State, Ernie Barrett, Jack Parr, Bob Boozer, Rick Harman, Larry Weigel, Lew Hitch, Wally Frank, Howard Shannon, Steve Douglas, Dick Knostman, Roy DeWitz, Bill Guthridge, Don Matuszak, Lloyd Krone, Bob Chipman, Carl Gerlach, Scott Langton, Steve Henson, Chuckie Williams and Lon Kruger.

Former coaches Lon Kruger and Greg Grensing were interviewed at length at UNLV, and the legendary Tex Winter had all kinds of stories from his 15 years at K-State. Current coach Brad Underwood has great stories about the Hartman era.

Journalists and broadcasters we hear from include Fred White, Steve Physioc, Wyatt Thompson, Ben Boyle, Steven Farney, Kevin Haskin, Greg Sharpe, Tim Fitzgerald, John Dodderidge, David Smale and Mark Janssen.

This would be great for serious newer fans to see the level of talent and commitment necessary to have teams that played in the Final Four, and routinely went to the NCAA tournament. Here's the direct link.

Sometimes with productions like this, you look at it once, and that's it. I see myself going back to it often. As I write this, I'm already on my second pass through.

I THINK IT'S BILL SNYDER.
November 23, 2008

Since we learned that Ron Prince would be moving on, I've been telling people that I wouldn't be surprised if our next head coach is Bill Snyder, but I wasn't positive he would accept.

I've also said all along that if I'm correct and Bill Snyder would replace Ron Prince, we absolutely wouldn't know it until the season is over. After spending an hour a week with Coach Snyder at his radio shows for 17 years, I know him well enough to state that he would consider it rude to be announced as coach while Ron Prince was still officially our coach. He would also worry that the announcement would be a distraction to the team, and should not occur prior to the last game. Along with his brilliance as a coach, Bill Snyder is a gentleman. He would want Ron Prince to have full authority and respect while still employed.

The unattributed reports from anonymous message board posters that Gary Patterson's wife has been in Manhattan finalizing the purchase of a house carry absolutely no weight with me. I haven't seen a single conclusive piece of evidence that Coach Patterson wants to come here, and his alleged denials to TCU team members, if true, fit a consistent pattern of response from him. I think that hopeful fans are putting entirely too much on the fact that he is an alumnus. He was here about 25 years ago, and to my knowledge has not kept close ties. He has not even taken the opportunity, over the past three weeks, to wish us well in our search.

What about the search committee that Bill Snyder was supposedly a member of? Well, if he were seen meeting with Jon Wefald and Bob Krause, people would just assume it was a committee meeting. Or not.

Mark Janssen of the Manhattan Mercury, who I consider the ultimate source on K-State football, seems to agree with me. Mark wrote today that, "The silence and privacy of the last two-plus weeks looks and feels very Snyder-like." That much is certain.

I think I'm right, and I definitely hope I'm right.

GOING ON THE RECORD ON THE LAVENDER MBB UNIFORMS...
November 15, 2008

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Cats in the latest version of Jack Hartman's lavender-over-purple road uniforms. If you'd like to see what these uniforms mean in terms of our program's history, look here. If you're not aware of the Hartman era and K-State's winningest coach, you may enjoy reading up on it a little bit.

K-STATE PRIDE
November 14, 2008

The Pride of Wildcat Land rolled out of Manhattan at the crack of dawn to make it to the KU football game on Nov. 1. They performed extremely elaborate marching maneuvers to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and by all reports blew the roof off the dump. A band member told me yesterday that they may perform it again this Saturday to show the Nebraska band a few things. I promise you you'll be filled with pride if you take 7:16 to watch this YouTube video of the performance. Notice the cheering from the Hawk fans at the end of the performance. Here's another YouTube video of their performance of it for the Central States Marching Festival on October 19 in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

FROM FRANK MARTIN TO ALL OF US...
November 11, 2008

K-State Fans:
If you weren't in Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday, you missed a great start to our 2008-09 season. Jacob Pullen led the team with 21 points in our 81-57 victory over Washburn, and our new guys got their first game as a Wildcat under their belt. Denis Clemente has made an immediate impact on our team — scoring 12 points and leading the team with 5 assists.

We return seven lettermen, including five who started at least one game last year. Along with our talented newcomers, they have come together as a team like no group I've coached before, and that's a special thing to witness. They're out to prove that we haven't skipped a beat since last season's NCAA tournament appearance and 3rd place finish in the Big 12.

For those of you who celebrated with us last season when we ended the streak and beat KU, you know what a special place Bramlage Coliseum can be. What I'm challenging you to do this year is to make Bramlage Coliseum the toughest arena in the country — night-in and night-out, from the first game until the last.

In order to do that, we must have people in the seats. If you can't come to a game, give your ticket to someone who wants to experience K-State Basketball first-hand, or send it back to us and we'll make sure a Fort Riley soldier takes your spot in the arena (Call 1-800-221-CATS for details on donating your tickets.)

During my time here, I've learned how special K-Staters are, and I've seen you support the team through ups and downs, wins and losses. I'm asking you to make sure your seat is filled by you, or someone else, for every game this season so that our kids have the best home court advantage in the country.

I'm looking forward to another successful K-State Basketball Season. I hope you'll be there along the way, including this Friday, November 14, as we take on Florida A&M in Bramlage at 7 P.M. Thank you for supporting us, and GO STATE!


— Head Coach Frank Martin

ZAC BURTON ON THE STATE OF K-STATE FOOTBALL
November 4, 2008

Former quarterback Zac Burton has an opinion piece in the Manhattan Mercury on our coaching situation. It's time for a resolution. As it stands now, the uncertainty about the state of K-State fooball is a soap opera for boys. Fans want answers. I don't predict any action until the end of the month.

WE HAVE GOT TO DO OUR JOBS
October 4, 2008

I'm on this again because someone's not listening to me. I don't know anything about football, but after 38 years I know a lot about K-State athletics. This is not about game strategy, or whether there should be personnel changes after giving up 626 yards. This is about fans.

We fans must provide absolute support to our coaches and players at games. Fan support is going down fast. This is detrimental to the motivation of our players, and the income Athletics needs to compete in the Big 12. It's sure to damage recruiting. I saw the same thing happen in men's basketball during the Asbury and Wooldridge eras. How can you recruit top players with the kind of fan support shown on regional ABC coverage today? If you don't like what's going on, write a letter with your ideas to Dr. Wefald or Bob Krause, but don't cast your vote by not showing up. Potential players and coaches need to see that even if our winning percentage is down, K-State is a great place to be, and a great place to play.

TOP SPENDERS IN SPORTS RECRUITING
August 1, 2008

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a story on the expenditures on athletic recruiting. The article includes a chart which lists K-State as #5 in the nation in spending for 2006 - 07. I wonder whether that was before the ban on private aircraft that KU got put into place. K-State was the biggest spender in the Big 12, although not far above NU and UT.

I KNEW TEXAS HAD MONEY, BUT GOODNESS...
September 30, 2007

Look at this article in the American Statesman on the $107,600,000 budget of University of Texas athletics.

OK... KANSAS IS THE WHEAT STATE, BUT PLEASE...
February 2, 2007

Once again, controversy has developed over the Cat Band's playing Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Pt. 2, or as the band sometimes calls it, Time Lords. I've never noticed it, but apparently this past year the students have substituted the item that we're going to beat out of our opponent. It's not a good choice for our younger and more conservative fans, but that's not why I called you here.

Whether at football, basketball or volleyball, every time the band plays that tune, the students stick their arms up and wave them back and forth. Stop it! Why don't our students understand that they're waving the wheat, which is a decades-old KU tradition? It makes me sick every time I see it. The bands have to stop playing that song if our students don't realize they're participating in a highly disgusting KU tradition.

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