BAYLOR PAID ART BRILES $15,100,000 AFTER THEY FIRED HIM
Mar. 31, 2018

This is what the coach of a scandalous football program got. It's disgusting. (link)

K-STATE MEN'S BB KNOWS TIME WILL HELP ALLEVIATE STING OF ELITE EIGHT LOSS
Mar. 25, 2018

Our Men's Basketball program exceeded expectations in the 2017-18 season, which ended at 25-12, with a .676 winning percentage. The Cats ended in 4th place in the Big 12, having been predicted for 8th preseason. They beat Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor and Iowa State twice, and they played KU to one point in Allen Field House. (2017-18 schedule)

NCAA Tournament! The Cats finished the Big 12 Tournament at 22-11, 10-8 Big 12, making a strong case for an NCAA Tournament invitation, which they received. When doubters wondered if they would advance without the 16 points-per-game of Dean Wade, they began with a 10-point win over Creighton. (recap)

Next up in the bracket was the previously unheard-of UMBC... unheard of, that is, until this #16 seed beat #1 seed Virginia in the opening round. It turned out they can play basketball, but the Cats opened with a 13-1 run, and ended with a seven-point win over the Cinderella team, drawing amusing commentary from the basketball fan nation like "selfish" and "mean." Too bad! (recap)

Sweet Sixteen! The NCAA South Regional bracket then brought a meeting with Kentucky (26-10). The other Wildcats, among other things, are the winningest team in NCAA Division I MBB history, both in total wins and winning percentage. In a hard-fought game vs. noticeably taller players, and with Dean Wade only available for eight minutes, the Cats recorded a three-point win over college basketball's most elite program! (recap)

Elite Eight!! The Cats' Elite Eight draw was Loyola-Chicago, who entered the game at 31-5. The Cats, without Dean Wade, unfortunately had a cool shooting night (.348) and lost by 16. (recap)

While some wondered if they would play past the Big 12 Tournament, Kansas State, with all starters returning, looks forward to the 2018-19 season knowing they're capable of great things, and certainly can be very competitive in the Big 12 race. With all this said, here's Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra. Go Cats!

ERNIE BARRETT HUGS MBB PLAYERS AFTER DEFEATING KENTUCKY
Mar. 22, 2018

This Sweet Sixteen win was so meaningful to Mr. K-State, because he was unable to play in the national championship game vs. UK in 1951, and we had never beaten them before. (video)

SHANE SOUTHWELL'S K-STATE CAREER COMES FULL CIRCLE
Mar. 22, 2018

Corbin McGuire has an in-depth Sports Extra on Shane Southwell's path to being a graduate assistant, and how he looks at the game in a different way from the sidelines.

MBB READY FOR UNEXPECTED MATCHUP WITH NO. 16 SEED UMBC
Mar. 18, 2018

Maryland-Baltimore County is the talk of the NCAA tournament after knocking off #1 seed Virginia two days ago. Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra gives us the thoughts of our players as we count down the hours to this critical encounter. The Cats played KU, another #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, to one point on January 13.

McGUIRL READY FOR OPPORTUNITY TO HELP K-STATE BEAT CREIGHTON
Mar. 17, 2018

I'm not sure why Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra came out the morning after the big win over Creighton, but we sure appreciate Mike's 17 points off the bench. Also, here are Mike McGuirl's postgame interview and the box score.

BLAIR KERKOFF ON BRUCE WEBER IN THE KANSAS CITY STAR
Mar. 15, 2018

Blair Kerkhoff has a positive feature on Bruce Weber as the Cats face Creighton in the NCAA tournament. (We now know the Cats won convincingly!)

HOW K-STATE BASEBALL'S DREW MOUNT DEVELOPED A POWERFUL REPUTATION
Mar. 13, 2018

Corbin McGuire's latest K-State Sports Extra is a must-read about Drew Mount, who has just earned three straight Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors – a first in Big 12 history. He eats turnips, and before batting, he warms up with a sledgehammer! I think it's safe to say that lots of guys will be copying him very shortly.

BRENNAN, MOUNT EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Mar. 12, 2018

This release from K-State Athletes has the good news about Drew Mount and Will Brennan, the Big 12's Newcomer of the Week and Player of the Week.

MASON SCHOEN FOLLOWS EARLY ROUTINE TO REACH DREAM OF PLAYING FOR K-STATE
Mar. 2, 2018

Years ago, senior Mason Schoen was up early to work on his basketball skills every day. He had a very successful high school career at Blue Valley Northwest, and ultimately was able to walk on with Kansas State. (K-State Sports Extra)

WADE BRINGS BALANCED EFFORT IN WIN OVER IOWA STATE
Feb. 19, 2018

You're going to have to deal with a fluorescent yellow Iowa State uniform to read Corbin McGuire's fine Sports Extra on our versatile NBA prospect, Mr. Dean Wade.

THE BRUCE WEBER DEBATE: A GOOD PROBLEM FOR K-STATE
Feb. 15, 2018

Tim Bisel of The Topeka Capital-Journal has a well-done interview with Gene Taylor reflecting on Bruce. (I'm all-in for Coach Weber, by the way.) Gene is thankful to have a coach who doesn't cheat, and thankful to have fans who care enough to debate on their coaches.

K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL: THE DAY THE STREAK ENDED
Jan. 29, 2018

Riley Gates of GoPowercat.com looks back at January 30, 2008. It's free content, and you have to read it. The "streak" was 24 straight years of losing to KU MBB on our courts. This was the Michael Beasley / Bill Walker season, by the way. (link)

DEAN WADE: NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jan. 22, 2018

It was announced today that the Cats' junior, Dean Wade, is the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week! The release linked here has a nice review of his impressive stats, and his part in our Cats defeating two ranked teams last week.

While we're at it, it must be mentioned that Dean is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week!!

ASK THE A.D. WITH GENE TAYLOR
Jan. 5, 2018

Gene responded to fan questions sent via Twitter. Brian Smoller hosts the video. (link) I sent in a question, wanting to know why all the historical pictures were removed from the Coliseum concourse. Other questions were about Bill Snyder's annual return-or-not drama, media coverage in the Kansas City area and the next MBB jerseys to be retired.

MBB JUNIORS SPECIAL IN BIG 12 OPENER AT IOWA STATE
Jan. 1, 2018

Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra puts a historical perspective on the 91-75 road win at ISU. It was the first time to have three 20-plus scorers since 2010, and the first trio of 20-plus that included one with 30 or more in 41 years. (link)

SNEED FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Dec. 11, 2017

Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra looks at Xavier Sneed's early season success, including his 15-point / 8 rebound evening vs. Tulsa, and recent experiences that have changed his mindset. (link)

D. J. REED NAMED WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICAN
Dec. 7, 2017

After a season with tremendous kick returns, D. J. is currently second nationally in kick and punt returns, and now is Second Team All-American! Also, D. J. is now first in Big 12 history in single-season kickoff-return average. (story)

K-STATE MBB ALUMS WEIGH IN ON 2017-18 WILDCATS AFTER REUNION
Nov. 14, 2017

It was awesome to have alums back for the American U. game. Here's a Sports Extra with comments from Schyler Thomas, Luis Colon and Bob Chipman. Coach Chipman was highly complimentary about Bruce Weber's coaching.

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL RULES CHANGES VIDEOS
Nov. 6, 2017

Some of the examples in these videos are not being well-received.   video #1   video #2

McCRANE A FINALIST FOR THE LOU GROZA AWARD
Nov. 3, 2017

Matthew McCrane ranks first in school history and sixth nationally for career field goal percentage, and first in school history in extra-point percentage (99.1). With three more made field goals, he will tie Ring of Honor member Martin Gramatica for most in K-State history, at 54. If McCrane makes one more field of 50 yards or longer, he will become K-State's single-season and all-time leader.

Corbin McGuire's Sports Extra updates us on Matthew, plus other special teams successes, including D. J. Reed's. I'm sure it helps to have an All-American punter and Ring of Honor member, Sean Snyder, coaching them!

TIMING PERFECT FOR PULLEN'S SECOND RUN AT THE NBA
Oct. 17, 2017

Corbin McGuire has a must-read update on our hero, Jacob Pullen, who's now with the Philadelphia 76ers. (link)

NEW AGREEMENTS WITH SIDEARM SPORTS & ESPN + FREE K-STATEHD.TV
August 22, 2017

This is an interesting announcement. I don't know if it will benefit me, as I can't get cable TV anymore, so I guess I don't have access to ESPN3. It's nice to have a new provider for K-STATEHD.TV, as the last one was awful. Brian Smoller will call the K-State Football games on this medium, which will be great.

Q&A WITH K-STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR GENE TAYLOR
May 16, 2017

Here's a good get-acquainted interview with Gene Taylor, by Timothy Everson of the Dodge City Globe.

JORDY NELSON: WHAT I LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
May 1, 2017

If you don't look at anything else on this page, read Jordy's story, as told to Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel!

SEAN SNYDER SUBS FOR BILL IN A SPRING PRACTICE PRESS CONFERENCE
Apr. 11, 2017

Sean has been widely praised for his handling of this conference. (video)

MEN'S BASKETBALL: LATE SURGE HAS KANSAS STATE LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR
Mar. 18, 2017

Kellis Robinett has a good story on the 2016-17 MBB season, and goals for the next one.

CATS PREVAIL OVER TEXAS A&M IN THE TEXAS BOWL
Dec. 28, 2016

A close game was expected, which was supported by a 33 - 28 final score in favor of 9 - 4 Kansas State.

Jesse Ertz was named MVP. He passed for 195 yards and ran for 67, ending the season with 1,012 rushing yards... third-best of all K-State quarterbacks. Memorable plays included a first-quarter pass to Byron Pringle, the second-longest pass play in K-State bowl history, and Dominique Heath's 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. (box score) (Sports Extra) (game notes)

CATS BOWL BOUND!
Nov. 19, 2016

The 42-21 stomping of Baylor sealed the deal officially, but we knew we had a bowl game two weeks ago, with KU still to play.

Here's the link to Athletics' tickets page, a tickets pre-order page and the Alumni Association's k-statesportstours.com.

Bowl games and opponents will be announced on December 4.

CHIPMAN AND KRUGER: LIFELONG FRIENDS FACE OFF ONE LAST TIME
Nov. 8, 2016

I saw every varsity game Lon Kruger and Bob Chipman played or coached at K-State, and have always had tremendous admiration for both of them. Their exhibition game was played tonight, and OU defeated Washburn 84-64. Lon has coached five different teams to wins in Final Four games. Bob has won a national championship at Washburn, and will retire from Washburn in 2017 with around 800 wins. It's no accident that Lon, who last coached here 26 years ago, is still pictured at the top of this page. Here's the story from soonersports.com.

BOB CHIPMAN: K-STATE ROOTS READIED HIM FOR SUCCESS
Nov. 4, 2016

Corbin McGuire has done it again, with an outstanding Sports Extra on Coach Bob Chipman. He looks back at his days playing for Jack Hartman in the early 1970s, and tells us how he uses what he learned playing here. Coach Chipman has collected a national championship at Washburn, and he and Carol gave us our outstanding Volleyball middle blocker, Kelsey Chipman Stringer, who helped cover a match for K-STATEHD.TV two days ago. I saw every game Bob played at K-State, and would have been very happy if he'd been K-State's coach. He will retire from Washburn in the spring.

UTSA's HENSON LEARNED LESSONS WELL FROM COACHING MENTOR
Nov. 3, 2016

I think any Cat fan will enjoy reading this interview with Steve Henson, who is beginning his first year as a head coach, at UT San Antonio.

CATCH UP WITH JACOB PULLEN
Oct. 3, 2016

Corbin McGuire, in another excellent Sports Extra, visits with K-State great Jacob Pullen about his basketball career.

THE BAND WAS HOT, EVEN WHEN FOOTBALL WAS NOT
Sep. 19, 2016

At last we learn the origin of "The Band Is Hot" on its 30th anniversary. Jeff Alton, a former drummer in The Pride of Wildcat Land, created it while a member, and on Sept. 17 he conducted the band along with daughter Natalie, an assistant drum major. Here's the story in the Collegian.

BRUCE WEBER HONORED FOR HIS PHILANTROPHIC WORK
Sep. 19, 2016

Coach Weber was honored on Sep. 6 by Wartburg College for his charitable contributions. Have a look at this Sports Extra, and the announcement from Wartburg College.

RETURN OF WIBW RADIO RECONNECTS K-STATE HISTORY, EXTENDS REACH
Sep. 2, 2016

Countless K-State fans are delighted with the announcement that 580 Radio, WIBW Topeka will again be carrying Cat games. I've complimented Ben Boyle, now of Learfield, personally for his success in bringing this about, and want to repeat that here. Read the good news from K-State Athletics.

K-STATEHD.TV OFFERS STUDENTS UNMATCHED OPPORTUNITIES
July 15, 2016

Adding value to the university and the community is one of John Currie's goals. The experiences students are getting from working for K-STATEHD.TV lead to prime internships and jobs. (link)

BILL SNYDER FAMILY STADIUM PHASE 3B TOUR
June 27, 2016

John Currie and Dr. Frank Tracz host this video tour of facilities for The Pride of Wildcat Land, officials and visiting teams. What John Currie has accomplished in his seven years at Kansas State is amazing: the West Stadium Center, Ice Family Basketball Center, Rowing facility, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and a completely new Vanier Football Complex are individually so impressive, but together are an unparalleled achievement.

AS A PLAYER, LON KRUGER WAS THE BUDDY HIELD OF HIS DAY
April 1, 2016

I was at every home game in Lon's three seasons as a varsity Cat, and just short of 44 years later, he's still my favorite player. Lon was Big 8 Player of the Year for two years. Here's a must-see feature on Lon from CBS Sports. Yes... his basketball nickname was Slick. You had Dan-o (Danny Beard), Gene-o (Gene McVey), Hobbs (Larry Williams) and Slick (Lon). Those were the days!

DANA ALTMAN VS. LON KRUGER IN THE FINAL FOUR
March 25, 2016

Here's a nice story in the Los Angeles Times.

BRUCE WEBER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT KANSAS STATE'S BASKETBALL FUTURE
March 24, 2016

Kellis Robinett has an article in the Kansas City Star that's an analysis of the season, and a look toward the next one.

ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS, BRAD UNDERWOOD, MOVES FROM SFA TO OKIE STATE
March 21, 2016

There's a smart move by OSU. I know Brad will do very well there. He has a .864 winning percentage after three seasons at SFA, and went 53-1 in the Southland Conference. (announcement)

BILL SNYDER FAMILY STADIUM: UP FOR SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL FACILITY OF THE YEAR
March 15, 2016

Having received $180,000,000 worth of construction over five years, including a brand new Vanier Football Complex and West Stadium Center, our facilities are up for Sports Business Journal Facility of the Year 2016. (story)

READY FOR THE UPCOMING SUNFLOWER SHOW OF RESPECT? ME NEITHER
February 19, 2016

That's the title of an opinion piece by Tim Bisel for the Topeka Capital-Journal. While he concedes that commentary by fans should stay PG, he's not campaigning for political correctness. Bring on the hatred and hostility!

SPORTS EXTRA: MITCH HOLTHUS TO THE HALL OF FAME
February 2, 2016

During his 11 years as Voice of the Wildcats, Mitch Holthus was not only an exceptional broadcaster, but as fine a representative of Kansas State University as anyone has ever been. His thorough preparation for broadcasts brought a wide range of current information, and his unequaled memory of past events brought a perspective that added so much to his coverage. Mitch also added humor, fun and excitement in a way that made the broadcast, whether a game or coach's show, completely enjoyable. He told me years ago that his goal as a broadcaster is to inform, entertain and inspire. That he does!

Here's a personal example of Mitch's brain power: My friend Jerry and I were visiting with Mitch after he did an ESPN broadcast for a Cats game in the Octagon in 2014. Jerry and I went to Midway High School, a consolidated rural high school outside tiny Denton, Kansas. Somehow or other, Jerry mentioned our school, which was built in 1959, being consolidated. Without prompting, Mitch chimed in "from Denton, Bendena, Leona and Severance." He grew up several counties away, was two years old when this happened, and correctly recited this obscure bit of trivia that occurred 55 years earlier. How, I don't know to this day. While broadcasting K-State games, we often heard Mitch's ability to recite the city and mascot of every high school in Kansas.

Links:

  • Kelly McHugh-Stewart's Sports Extra
  • video: Bill Snyder's 1st victory (Mitch's radio call: North Texas vs. K-State, final drive, 9/30/89)
  • video: K-State Sports Hall of Fame halftime introduction (Bramlage, 1/30/16)
  • video: Mitch's moving acceptance comments (Hall of Fame ceremony, 1/29/16)
  • audio: KSU beats OSU / "The Drive" (Mitch's play-by-play, 11/20/93)
  • audio: KSU beats OU - end of game and bigs (Mitch's play-by-play, 10/29/94)

    JOHN HIGGINS: ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST VISIBLE, WANTED–AND LOATHED–REFEREES
    January 28, 2016

    Here's a well-done profile by Seth Davis for campusrush.com.

    SPORTS EXTRA: MY STORY, BY STANTON WEBER
    January 25, 2016

    Everyone should read Stanton's story of his journey from growing up as a Wildcat fan, to a walk-on for Bill Snyder's team, to team captain.

    JORDY NELSON'S STORY
    January 15, 2016

    In this YouTube commercial for Dove® Men+Care®, K-State Football Ring of Honor member Jordy Nelson tells about growing up as a farm kid in Riley County, to being a walk-on for K-State Football, to his current life as a parent and a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers.

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