COACH JEROME TANG SAMPLER
SPRING 2022

Here are bits and pieces about - and from - Coach Tang in his early days at Kansas State.

A Longstanding Relationship Brought Maligi to K-State - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
An Open Letter to Jerome Tang - editorial by Ned Seaton, Manhattan Mercury
Anthony Winchester Has His Hands in Everything - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Anthony Winchester Selected as Director of Video Ops - K-State Sports
Ask the A.D., with Gene Taylor and Brian Smoller - YouTube
Austin Carpenter: New Director of Player Development - Manhattan Mercury
Breaking Podcast - GoPowercat.com (44 min.) *****
Coach Tang getting the offer from Gene / the exact moment - photo by Kenny Lannou
ESPN's King McClure Discusses Jerome Tang - GoPowercat.com audio
"everything out the mud" - Twitter video
Five Things to Know about Jerome Tang - K-State Alumni Association
Gene Taylor: Jerome Tang and the new Big 12 - College Basketball 365 / (YouTube, 17 min.)
Gene Taylor masterfully led a search for a new coach - Tim Fitzgerald, GoPowercat.com
Gene Taylor Talks Jerome Tang Hiring Process - John Kurtz, KC Sports Network
Here's What Jerome Tang Will Value Most as He Recruits - Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle
How K-State's Search Began and Ended with Jerome Tang - Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle
'I Came to Elevate' - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Ismael Massoud interview, after the introduction - GoPowercat.com / (YouTube, 2 min.)
It's not about me. It's about us." - Collegian
Jareem Dowling Brings Vibrant Personality to K-State" - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Jareem Dowling 'excited' to serve as MBB assistant - Manhattan Mercury
Jareem Dowling Hired as Assistant Coach - GoPowercat.com
Jareem Dowling Hired as Assistant Coach - kstatesports.com
Jerome Tang after the interview - GoPowercat.com / (YouTube, 8 min.)
Jerome Tang after the press conference - GoPowercat.com video
Jerome Tang Already Has Kansas State Players Dreaming Big - Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle
Jerome Tang and Scott Drew: A Bond Built by Hard Work - Tim Everson, Manhattan Mercury
Jerome Tang explains why K-State is being so patient in the portal - 3MAW Podcast / Twitter
Jerome Tang interview - 365 Sports / (YouTube, starting at ~ 2 hrs., 40 min.)
Jerome Tang Is the Ultimate Self-Made Man in College Basketball - Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle
Jerome Tang sounds off on his vision for Kansas State basketball - GoPowercat.com
Jerome Tang sounds off on why he almost passed on the Kansas State job - GoPowercat.com
Jerome Tang Starts to Build, Lands First Commitment - George Michalowski, theportalreport.com
Jerome Tang visits with Wyatt Thompson - K-State MBB video (8 min.) *****
Jerome Tang: win against the Big 12... not just KU - GoPowercat.com / (YouTube, 3 min.)
K-State Announces Jerome Tang as Men's Basketball Coach - kstatesports.com *****
K-State Confirms Baylor's Tang as New MBB Coach - Manhattan Mercury
Kevin Sutton: A New Role, but the Goal Is Still the Same - K-State Sports Extra *****
Kevin Sutton: Director Basketball Strategies - @KStateMBB
Kevin Sutton: Director Basketball Strategies - Manhattan Mercury
Lamar Hurd Witnessed Tang's Journey 'out the mud' - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Loyal and Dedicated, Marco Borne Excited to Serve - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Marco Borne Selected as MBB Chief of Staff - kstatesports.com
New York Native Duo Poised to Lead New Era - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Nijel Pack enters transfer portal - Manhattan Mercury
Pack, Nowell and Massoud impressed by Tang hire - Manhattan Mercury
Phil Baier announced as K-State MBB's strength coach - Manhattan Mercury
Phil Baier Excited for Opportunities On and Off the Court - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra
Press Conference (introduction) - YouTube video (30 min.) *****
Scott Drew, after Jerome's hiring - CBS Sports on Twitter
Scott Drew speaks on Jerome Tang - GoPowercat.com / (YouTube, 20 min.)
Tang Addresses a Rash of Transfers from K-State MBB - Manhattan Mercury
Tang Ready to 'Elevate' K-State Basketball - Manhattan Mercury
Tang Still Blown Away by K-State Community - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra *****
Tang Thankful and Ready to Work - D. Scott Fritchen, K-State Sports Extra *****
The Optimism Cup Overflows - Fitz & Co., Powercat Podcast
Ulric Maligi Speaks after Being Named Associate Head Coach - GoPowercat.com / (YouTube, 23 min.)
Underwood Is Out; Tang Is the Target - Tim Fitzgerald, GoPowercat.com / (YouTube, 3 min.)
What to Expect from Tang - Jimmy Goheen / Boscoe's Boys podcast

A WELL-DESERVED MOMENT FOR SKYLAR THOMPSON, OUR FAVORITE DOLPHIN
May 3, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen has posted this K-State Sports Extra, with the details of a call from Chris Grier, general manager of the Miami Dophins. It was his NFL draft offer. I know all Cat fans are delighted. He has been through so much adversity in his life. His determination has brought him to this tremendous milestone. Have fun, Skylar!

POWERCAT AUCTION 2022
Apr. 29, 2022

The annual Powercat Auction is a fun event. I've been a few times. It's held on the Bramlage Coliseum floor. Ahearn donors pay $150 for the dinner and evening. I'm not sure how long the auction lasted, but three hours wouldn't be far off.

I'd say that more than anything else, it's K-State Athletics-related experiences, for example: a Mexican vacation at Dr. McAtee's place for $44,000, traveling with the MBB team to the Cayman Islands for $44,000, a Packers trip with Jordy for $57,500 and a pool party with the Football staff for $56,000. Have a look at the auction outcomes right here. Oh... I forgot. The life-size bobblehead of Darren Sproles sold for $40,000!

K-STATE ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC INCENTIVE AWARD PROGRAM
Apr. 20, 2022

There's now an annual academic performance award of $5,980, for scholarship athletes only. Donors have already contributed $600 K for the first year's cost of $1,400,000. Some of the award will come along the way, with the final amount earned upon graduation. (link)

NEW NIL COLLECTIVE FOUNDED TO HELP KSU ATHLETICS
Apr. 17, 2022

Tim Everson of the Manhattan Mercury has an interesting introduction to a Name, Image and Likeness opportunity for our athletes. It will begin operation on April 20. The founders have familiar names: Aaron Lockett and Curry Sexton. Aaron's a sports agent, and Curry is a lawyer. The service will be known as The Wildcats' Den. It appears that our athletes will be compensating for such things as promotions on social media, meet and greets and commercials. (link)

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? STAN WEBER
Apr. 16, 2022

Stan Weber is a great K-Stater, if ever there was one. Cooper Deters of the Collegian has posted a real nice profile on one of my heroes, Stan Weber, who has been a major figure in K-State sports for almost 40 years. This is starting as a player and quarterback for Wildcat Football in the early 1980s. Soon after that, he began color commentary for K-State Football, with another hero, Mitch Holthus. He then continued through Greg Sharpe's time, and currently broadcasts games with Wyatt Thompson. Stan added Men's Basketball color commentary to his agenda later on. A noteworthy part of Stan's career is having seen every snap of the Bill Snyder era (27 seasons), in his 35 years on the air. Three of Stan and Nancy's kids, Kenzi, Landry and Stanton, excelled in K-State sports. Don't miss this awesome profile!

WHY CHRIS KLIEMAN ISN'T OPENING A SINGLE PRACTICE TO FANS THIS SPRING
Apr. 13, 2022

This report in the Star and the Eagle is from Kellis Robinett. The stated reason for this is injuries. I'm not sure what to think, but I wonder why so many are getting injured in spring practice season. I thought that there's more kind of touch football in practices. (link)

BASEBALL CATS DIG THE LONG BALL
Apr. 8, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen's K-State Sports Extra today is a look at K-State Baseball's excellent production of home runs this season, which at the moment is third in the Big 12. Leading the way is Dylan Phillips, the program's career home runs leader. For the rest of his career, he'll obviously be in a position to set a new record. I hope our opponents don't give up, and take to walking him with each time at bat.

JILL SHIELDS' WINDING BASKETBALL ROAD COMES FULL CIRCLE
Apr. 5, 2022

Here's an interesting K-State Sports Extra on Deputy Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Jill Shields. It has all kinds of details on her background and experiences, and a major focus on her role on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee.

BRAD UNDERWOOD ON THE KANSAS STATE COACH SEARCH
Apr. 2, 2022

In this interview, apparently with WHB, Brad repeatedly mentioned his love for K-State. On the other hand, he went into great detail on the exceptional situation he has at Illinois, including $170 million spent on their arena, and a new $40 million practice facility. (link)

The GoPowercat.com staff state that, if approved, Brad will have a $4.1 million salary, and a $500,000 retention bonus. That places him in the top 10 of coaches nationwide. He would have had to pay $9.5 million if he left illinois for K-State.

AN OPEN LETTER TO JEROME TANG
Mar. 22, 2022

If you're subscribed to the Manhattan Mercury, put down what you're doing and read Ned Seaton's editorial that introduces Manhattan to Jerome Tang. While he went to school at Harvard, he's spent a lot more time in MHK, and he does a tremendous job of characterizing Manhattan to our new coach. (link)

247 SPORTS: JEROME TANG WILL BRING A LOT TO KANSAS STATE
Mar. 20, 2022

I'd not heard of the author of this feature from 247 Sports, Eric Bossi, or its subject, Jerome Tang, until this week, but it's both interesting and encouraging. Reportedly, Jerome has been an assistant at Baylor for the past 19 years. A recent NCAA championship is a nice thing to have on your resume. Coach Tang is known for player development and recruiting.

It will be interesting to see how he is received. Bruce Weber - unfairly, in my opinion - wasn't given much chance when he arrived here. I think that regardless of our opinions, we must support the program with excellent attendance. Programs can get into a real downward spiral in terms of recruiting and success, when fans have lost interest or confidence, and stay home.

GENE TAYLOR COMMENTS ON THE K-STATE MBB COACHING SEARCH
Mar. 10, 2022

Gene acknowledged that Bruce didn't meet his own expectations for this season. He's complimentary - while sometimes contradictory - in his comments. Gene says K-State should "be in a position to compete for Big 12 championships on a regular basis, and be able to qualify for the NCAA tournament on a pretty consistent basis." Here's the 10-minute YouTube video.

BRUCE WEBER ANNOUNCES HIS RESIGNATION
Mar. 10, 2022

I'm sad that Bruce's ten-season tenure is over. We couldn't ask for a finer man as our coach, and I think the great majority of his players have great appreciation for him. Bruce guided the Cats to two Big 12 championships. He leaves with a winning record of 184-147. Only Tex Winter and Jack Hartman had more NCAA Tournament wins. The Big 12 is hardly an easy conference. I wish him the best, wherever he goes from here. This 26-minute YouTube video has Bruce's final comments to the media.

MBB ALL-BIG 12 HONORS ANNOUNCED / NIJEL PACK: FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG 12
Mar. 6, 2022

The Big 12 wrote,

"Sophomore guard Pack leads the Wildcats in nearly every offensive category, including scoring (17.4 ppg), 30-point games (3), 20-point games (7) double-digit scoring games (27) and 3-point field goals made (92). He currently ranks 14th nationally and first in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals per game (3.29), while he is seventh in the nation and first in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.436/92-211)."

THE NIGHT WE BEAT THE RUSSIANS
Mar. 5, 2022

Today's Manhattan Mercury has several pages that retell the story of Kansas State Men's Basketball beating the Russian national team, 57-54, in January 1978. I was there. The crowd was excited about the opportunity, and was loud and involved.

The game was in the era known as the Cold War... roughly March 12, 1947 to December 3, 1989, when Ronald Reagan befriended Mikhail Gorbachev. The period was probably at its most dangerous during the brief Cuban missle crisis, when President Kennedy confronted Russia for starting to set up Cuba as a missile base. Our history with Russia set the stage for a game with a built-in rivalry. Be sure to check out the work of former player Larry Weigel. (Part 1, by Larry Weigel) (Part 2, by Ned Seaton)

COMMENTS FROM BRUCE WEBER, MARK SMITH AND MIKE McGUIRL AFTER THE OU GAME
Mar. 5, 2022

Here's video from Bruce Weber, then Mark Smith and Mike McGuirl.

MIKE McGUIRL: 'I'LL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL'
Mar. 4, 2022

Here's a K-State Sports Extra that's put together in Mike's own words. It's tremendous, and I highly recommend it, as it covers his childhood, recruitment and his years as a Cat. (link)

CONFIDENT NIJEL PACK KEEPS RAISING THE BAR
Feb. 28, 2022

Nijel Pack had 32 points vs. Iowa State on Feb. 26, and earlier in the month, laid 35 on KU. He's the topic of D. Scott Fritchen's K-State Sports Extra today. D. Scott reports, "Nijel has 87 made 3-pointers, fifth most in single-season history, and the most 3-pointers in a season since Jacob Pullen (110) and Denis Clemente (88) in 2009-10. He has hit a 3-pointer in 31 consecutive games dating back to last season — a streak that trumps the original school record by Steve Henson (25) in 1989."

FOR NOWELL, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN HEART OVER HEIGHT
Feb. 22, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen's K-State Sports Extra gets us better acquainted with Marquis Nowell. He's 5' 8", and certainly has made an impact this season for K-State MBB.

IOWA STATE WIN: ROAD DAWGS NEVER STOPPED FIGHTING
Feb. 14, 2022

K-State Men's Basketball, down 15 points in the second half, took the game to overtime and won 75-69 in Hilton Coliseum. D. Scott Fritchen's K-State Sports Extra is a look at this significant win, with comments from players. The big win's also reviewed in D. Scott's Feb. 15 Sports Extra, Coming Together for the Stretch Run.

K-STATE ATHLETICS LOST $10,800,000 IN 2021, BUT GENE SAYS THE BUDGET WILL RECOVER
Feb. 10, 2022

Here's an update from Kellis Robinett, posted to the Star and the Eagle. Down $10 million? How about not building two football fields in the middle of our parking lot, and a volleyball building that no one wants? (link)

NIJEL PACK: "THEY BELIEVED IN ME BEFORE ALL THE HYPE CAME AROUND."
Feb. 11, 2022

Kellis Robinett of the Star and the Eagle has an awesome background story on the recruitment of our hero, Nijel Pack. (link) We're so happy and fortunate to have him on our side!

NIJEL PACK: BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 7, 2022

Alright! Here's the Big 12's tweet with the awesome news, and their web page announcement. This is his second recognition in three weeks. The Big 12 said,

"Pack posted consecutive 20-point games in helping K-State to wins over Oklahoma State at home and TCU on the road. He averaged 21 points on 59.3 percent shooting (16-of-27), including 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range, along with 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.5 steals in 37.0 minutes per game. The sophomore guard capped a game-high 22-point night against OSU with the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. He also added three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 36 minutes. Pack scored a game-high 20 points in the win at TCU, hitting on 7-of-10 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, to go with a game-high four steals, four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes."

VERSATILE SMITH ON PACE FOR BEST SEASON YET
Feb. 4, 2022

K-State MBB's Mark Smith has become a household name across the Wildcat Nation this season. D. Scott Fritchen wrote, "I watch Mark Smith. He's captivating. He drains 3-pointers. He grabs rebounds over the bigger guys. He drives 50 feet and powers past two defenders on the way to the hoop. He hits turnaround jumpshots. He steals the ball. He draws the offensive charge. At times, watching the basketball and Smith is one in the same. Follow the ball. Odds are, you'll find Smith." He has real determination, and a will to contribute. Read more in the latest K-State Sports Extra.

PRIDE OF WILDCAT LAND MARCHED ITS WAY THROUGH KANSAS, TEXAS IN JAM-PACKED SEASON
Feb. 1, 2022

I couldn't be more proud of our band, or more thankful for them. Dr. Frank Tracz and Dr. Alex Wimmer have set a standard of hard work and excellent performance that consistently impresses everyone. Here's a look back at the season, and especially the bowl game trip. (link)

DESPITE A LOSS, NIJEL PACK HAS A SPECIAL DAY
Jan. 25, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen visited with the great Nijel Pack after the 75 - 78 KU loss, for this K-State Sports Extra. Our sophomore star ended with 35 points, and he had 22 points in the first half. Then KU greatly increased their defense on him in the second half.

Yesterday, Nijel was named Big 12 Player of the Week, along with Agbaji from KU. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Pack on our side!

K-STATE MEN'S BB SEEKS TO KEEP BUILDING OFF BIG WIN
Jan. 17, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen looks back to the transition from a 57-60 loss to TCU (after a late 5-point lead) to victory over #19 TTU, 62-51, in this K-State Sports Extra. The win over Tech was significant not only because they were ranked, but they had just beaten #6 KU, #1 Baylor, and most recently, OU by 21 points. Was TTU tired? Probably. Was K-State tired of losing? Very much so!

KRUGER SHARES FAVORITE K-STATE MEMORIES
Jan. 14, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen has another must-read K-State Sports Extra... this one a visit with K-State Hall-of-Famer Lon Kruger.

CATS CONTINUE FIGHTING THROUGH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
Jan. 10, 2022

D. Scott Fritchen tells the story of Jermaine Henderson becoming the sole coach when K-State faced WVU on Jan. 8. There were no other coaches, Mike McGuirl didn't travel, Wyatt and Stan couldn't go, etc., because of the ever-annoying virus. Read the latest K-State Sports Extra.

HENINGTON, TEAMMATES AND K-STATE NATION LEND A HELPING HAND
Dec. 21, 2021

This is the wrap-up to the wonderful story of the GoFundMe started by Ryan Henington of K-State Football in the second week of December, hoping to take around 10 youngsters Christmas shopping, at $100 each. The K-State Family responded, with over $15,000 contributed in a short time. (K-State Sports Extra)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Dec. 25, 2021

The Christmas edition of the K-State Sports Extra has the title shown above. It tells the story of the need for a unified place for the Pride of Wildcat Land... a place that would include offices, rehearsal rooms and storage space for the instruments carried by around 300 students. This is going to become a reality over the next two years, and thanks to a contribution by Ward and Brenda Morgan, it will be known as the Tracz Family Band Hall. Learn all about it at the link above, which has D. Scott Fritchen visiting with Dr. Frank Tracz.

DR. FRANK TRACZ POSTS A EULOGY FOR THE LATE JOAN FRIEDERICH
Dec. 23, 2021

On behalf of the Pride of Wildcat Land and the university community, Dr. Tracz has posted on Facebook this wonderful tribute to Joan Friederich, the secretary to K-State Football coaches for about 42 years. Summer camp business and weekly radio shows took me into the Vanier Complex often, and I was always delighted to visit with Joan.

I believe it's important for university faculty and staff to help students feel connected to the institution and valued, and Joan was well-known for doing that over the decades. I might add that Dr. Tracz has been doing the same thing for decades.

RIP, Joan.

MARKQUIS DOING A BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR THE CATS
Dec. 13, 2021

Here's a great K-State Sports Extra. The subject is a strong start for our transfer guard from Little Rock.

THE TRACZ FAMILY BAND HALL
Dec. 15, 2021

I'm delighted to report that the renovation of KSU's Memorial Stadium for The Pride of Wildcat Land will be known as the Tracz Family Band Hall, thanks to a major donation by Ward and Brenda Morgan.

Dr. Tracz is truly a K-State legend. His leadership and quest for excellence resulted in the highest honor for a college band, the Sudler Trophy, in 2015. I like to go to band rehearsals, to watch him lead and teach. Since the KSUMB practices on the Memorial Stadium field, and the location will provide ample and efficient storage space, this will be a great help. Finally, DT is the funniest person on earth.

FITZ'S DAILY DELIVERY AFTER 1-POINT MARQUETTE LOSS
Dec. 8, 2021

This postgame recap video has both positive and negative comments. I felt the Cats worked hard, - especially early on - maybe to the point where they were a bit tired, later in the game. I felt they really went after rebounds. Ultimately, Marquette got one more rebound. The Cats shot 39% on FG, and Marquette shot 41%. Have a look at the box score. It looks pretty even. Maybe one difference is Marquette made five more 3FGs (although the Cats' % was better).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL-OF-FAMERS BILL SNYDER AND DARREN SPROLES
Dec. 7, 2021

Here we see my heroes, College Football Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder and Hall of Fame Inductee, #43 Darren Sproles, at Darren's induction on December 7, 2021. I have the highest respect and appreciation for both of these gentlemen. What a privilege it was to watch them work their magic at Kansas State! Here is tweet 1 from K-State Sports, and tweet 2, showing Darren with his certificate.

SPORTS EXTRA: THE "WINSTON RULE" ROOTED IN K-STATE / MARQUETTE HISTORY
Dec. 7, 2021

I've been thinking about our game vs. Marquette in March 1977, in Oklahoma City. I was there. Our Wildcats were playing Marquette in the NCAA Midwest Regional... one victory from the Final Four. D. Scott Fritchen's K-State Sports Extra tells the story of the 67-66 loss to the eventual National Champion.

I recall the Cats having a nice lead earlier in the game, but Al McGuire started working the refs like crazy in the second half, and Marquette drew closer.

The great Darryl Winston layed up a shot missed by the great Mike Evans, and was fouled. With a two-point basket and a made free throw, the Cats would have won, but a referee disallowed the layup as a tip in. Darryl had taken that shot instead of dunking it, because it was well known that Jack Hartman didn't like dunks. So, instead of tying the game, Winston made two free throws, and that was that. It was a long ride home.

CATS TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN WSU WIN
Dec. 7, 2021

D. Scott Fritchen's latest K-State Sports Extra is a recap of the 65-59 victory over WSU, and also an update on the great Nijel Pack, who's in a concussion protocol. I know we all wish him the best. I'm still reeling over the fact that it had been 18 years since we last played the Wheaties. As avoidance of them became a pattern, everyone knew it was because it was likely that we would lose, and that wasn't good for our program in any way. Meanwhile, a few times, MBB went down to Wichita to play a non-conference game against another team.

FITZ'S POSTGAME WALK & TALK | K-STATE MBB VS. WSU
Dec. 5, 2021

I'm real happy for Tim Fitzgerald, who announced last week that he's in remission. He's upbeat in this video recap of the Cats' 65-59 win over the WSU Wheaties®. (video) I had completely lost track of the fact that K-State hadn't played WSU in 18 years!

MBB CATS SEE POTENTIAL AFTER HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
Nov. 25, 2021

Today's K-State Sports Extra combines introductions to our new players, reviews of the 72-64 losses to #13 Arkansas and #14 Illinois and Bruce Weber's comments.

ERIK KYNARD AWARDED AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL... AFTER 9 YEARS
Nov. 17, 2021

Erik came in second in high jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Later, it was determined that a Russian contestant was involved in doping, and last week, the IOC reassigned the results. Here's a complete report from The Manhattan Mercury.

SPORTS EXTRA: Q&A WITH TERENCE NEWMAN
Nov. 3, 2021

D. Scott Fritch posted a great K-State Sports Extra today on Ring of Honor member Terence Newman. I wasn't aware that Terence was heavily recruited by The University of Lawrence, who obviously thought they had him. This is a tremendous reminder of the process Terence went through in becoming a K-State superstar. I had the privilege of seeing every home game he played in, and have tremendous appreciation for his accomplishments.

K-STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME | K-STATE SPORTS EXTRA
Oct. 3, 2021

D. Scott Fritchen has just posted a must-read K-State Sports Extra, documenting the awesome event. No one writes better than D. Scott. Along with this, you can watch video of the event and acceptance speeches. Finally, here's video of the halftime recognition at the OU Football game, the next day.

Hey! I just ran across video of the halftime recognition of Darren Sproles for the College Football Hall of Fame!

Q&A WITH K-STATE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE JORDY NELSON
Sep. 30, 2021

Here's D. Scott Fritchen's visit with Jordy.

LAURIE KOEHN TO THE K-STATE SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Sep. 28, 2021

Laurie's an excellent choice. She went in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. For several years, she held the NCAA WBB record for career three-point FGs. Her total of 392 has been the Big 12 WBB record for 15 years! (link) She will be inducted into the K-State Hall of Fame on October 1. K-State says,

Laurie Koehn was one of the greatest sharpshooters in women's NCAA history while at K-State from 2002-05. She is the all-time leader in 3-point field goals made in Big 12 history with 392 (also a NCAA record until 2020), and in attempts at 942, while also holding the Big 12 record for career free-throw percentage at 87.7. Named the ESPN.com Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Koehn helped the Wildcats explode onto the national spotlight with a 26-8 season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2002. The Cats followed up that season with a school-record 29-5 campaign in 2003 before claiming the program's first-ever Big 12 Championship in 2004. Koehn was named All-Big 12 three times during her career, and was a two-time Academic All-American. Koehn ranks fifth in school history in career points with 1,733, and remains littered in the record book for 3-pointers. Koehn signed a free agent contract with the Washington Mystics for the 2005 season. and went on to enjoy an eight-year professional basketball career both in the WNBA and overseas. Among Koehn's career international playing highlights was a gold medal as a member of Team USA's U18 team in July of 2000 at the FIBA Americas Championship, and a silver medal as a member of Team USA again in 2003 at the Pan American Games. Koehn was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
Here's video of Laurie setting the NCAA record for three-pointers. Also, don't miss this from 2013: Laurie hits 132 of 135 three-pointers in five minutes. (video) Danielle Zanotti has play-by-play.

Laurie is the subject of today's K-State Sports Extra by D. Scott Fritchen.

Q&A WITH K-STATE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE DAVID ALLEN
Sep. 27, 2021

Catch up with K-State Football Ring of Honor member David Allen, in today's K-State Sports Extra.

K-STATE ATHLETICS TO INDUCT THE 2021 HALL OF FAME CLASS
Sep. 27, 2021

The official induction will be on October 1. There's an extremely impressive group to be honored this week: David Allen, Laurie Koehn, AJ Morris, Jordy Nelson, Darren Sproles, the Vanier family, Liz Wegner Busch, Mike Wroblewski and Attila Zsiovczky. (link)

DEUCE VAUGHN – EXPECTING THIS MOMENT, AND MORE TO COME...
Sep. 20, 2021

Deuce Vaughn achieved 1,000 career rushing yards on Saturday vs. Nevada. It took Vaughn just 13 games to do what Sproles did in 14, and what Alex Barnes did in 20. Don't miss the latest example of D. Scott Fritchen's exceptional writing, in today's K-State Sports Extra. (link)

AN ENCOURAGING BIG 12 EXPANSION UPDATE FROM GOPOWERCAT.COM
Sep. 8, 2021

Big 12 member institutions were expected to remain silent at this stage, but somebody spilled the beans, and Jamie Pollard commented on what was reported. At this point - and not unexpectedly - the teams that may come our way are: BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. (GoPowercat.com link)

JOHN KURTZ: BIG 12's FOUR FAVORITE EXPANSION CANDIDATES
Sep. 3, 2021

Here, on YouTube, you'll see John's list, based on a meeting of Big 12 commissioners this week.

LOGAN LANDERS BRINGS VERSATILITY TO MBB
Sep. 2, 2021

Here's another well-done K-State Sports Extra by Austin Siegel.

JOHN KURTZ HAS 1:04 ON A STATEMENT FROM THE BIG 12 + WEEKEND FOOTBALL
Sep. 1, 2021

(YouTube)

ROBERT'S WORDS: MAD COW AND THE COVERED WAGON
August 29, 2021

My friend, superfan Robert Lipson, has penned his annual look back at last year, with comments on the 2021-22 seasons. He has an amazing mind for facts and analysis, as you'll see in his essay for GoPowercat.com. (link) While this is a subscription site, I wasn't logged in when I read it.

TO AVOID A FUNERAL, BIG 12 MUST ADD BEST OF THE REST
Aug. 26, 2021

Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has what I think is sound advice for the Big 12. It's just common sense that quickly signing on impressive teams will help avoid further defections. There are good teams out there, with good fan bases, and we don't have to wait to add them, in my opinion. (link)

NED SEATON: WHY THE SENATE OUGHT TO INVESTIGATE ESPN
Aug. 24, 2021

Manhattan Mercury publisher Ned Seaton began by noting that both Kansas senators have called for an investigation of ESPN, claiming the sports cartel attempted to break up the Big 12 for the company's gain. Seaton believes that if the realignment doesn't end well, it could mean a huge economic blow for the area. (link)

APPEALING OPTIONS EXIST FOR A BIG 12, PAC 12 ALLIANCE
August 5, 2021

While a merger of the two powerhouse conferences doesn't seem likely, Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle suggests that while there is concern about them being left behind the Big 10 and the SEC, they might start a practice of playing teams in the other conference instead of the cupcakes and marshmallows (as Robert Lipson calls weaker opponents) in the non-conference portion of the schedule. (Wichita Eagle link)

MITCH HOLTHUS SAYS TO OU AND UT: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
August 5, 2021

Mitch says the defectors are going to get more than they expect when they land in the SEC. He has examples of other schools that have gotten in over their heads. Nebraska is an excellent example. (YouTube link)

ROGER MARSHALL CALLS FOR DOJ INVESTIGATION OF ESPN
August 4, 2021

Senator Roger Marshall wants the Department of Justice to look into allegations of ESPN attempting to break up the Big 12, reports the Manhattan Mercury.

FOOTBALL CATS AT BOARD AND BRUSH
July 30, 2021

Deuce Vaughn was the life of the party when the FB Cats went to a local crafts place for some fine art and bonding. Will we see any of their masterpieces at Hobby Lobby® or the Beach Gallery? (Facebook video link)

BOB BOWLSBY LASHES OUT IN DEFENSE OF THE BIG 12
July 29, 2021

Commissioner Bowlsby reports that he has found evidence that ESPN was attempting to destroy the Big 12 for its benefit. It's been suggested that ESPN is possibly coordinating with the AAC (whoever that is) to invite Big 12 members to join. Don't miss this blockbuster story by Tim Fitzgerald. (GoPowercat.com)

ASK THE A.D., WITH GENE TAYLOR
July 29, 2021

Wyatt Thompson has a seven-minute visit with Gene Taylor about the mess OU and UT have made. Nothing was known of this until the two schools went public. Gene's messages are 1) don't believe all the associated Internet rumors, 2) we're a Power 5 conference, and will continue to be, 3) our leaders and Bob Bowlsby are communicating a great deal about strategy and 4) don't panic, and stick together. / Along with the interview, there are some awesome game videos. (YouTube link)

BIG 12 ACCUSES ESPN OF ORCHESTRATING REALIGNMENT
July 28, 2021

Ryan Black, in the Manhattan Mercury, has posted an article regarding the Big 12's response to ESPN in relation to the recent announcement by OU and UT that they want to defect to the SEC. (link)

OPINION: BIG 12 NEEDS CENTRAL FLORIDA
July 27, 2021

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel has posted this interesting (and a bit biased) piece on the merits of adding Central Florida. (link)

AARON LOCKETT AND JOHN KURTZ: WHAT REALIGNMENT MEANS FOR K-STATE
July 27, 2021

KMAN's John Kurtz is joined by K-State FB legend Aaron Lockett for a half-hour discussion on the ramifications of UT and OU running off. Two main themes are a reduced chance for signature wins, and the disadvantage to recruiting. (YouTube link)

SKYLAR THOMPSON: "IT'S ABOUT US."
July 26, 2021

In the latest K-State Sports Extra, Skylar talks about being a 6th-year player, and has comments from Coach Klieman.

NED SEATON: BUCK UP, K-STATERS
July 26, 2021

Ned Seaton, publisher of The Manhattan Mercury, has posted a positive and thoughtful editorial, with the position that K-State and the Big 12 are strong enough to come out of this mess OK. (link)

JON WEFALD CRITICIZES BOB BOWLSBY FOR HANDLING OF OU/UT MESS
July 26, 2021

As reported by Riley Gates for GoPowercat.com, Jon Wefald sees their leaving as bad for the Big 12, but also bad for the two schools leaving. (link) The SEC has had a national champion in Division I Football 6 of the last 10 years.

CHRIS KLIEMAN TALKS "RESET" UNDERWAY
July 21, 2021

Austin Siegel's K-State Sports Extra is a visit with Chris Klieman at Big 12 Media Days.

JORDAN WICKS DRAFTED IN THE MLB FIRST ROUND
July 12, 2021

The Chicago Cubs have themselves a good one. Jordan certainly earned this. (Facebook video)

GoPOWERCAT: GENE TAYLOR ON THE FINANCIAL STATE OF K-STATE ATHLETICS
July 11, 2021

As difficult as he worried it would be, Gene reports that playing the Football season - and other sports - helped considerably.

OPTIMISM IS HIGH AS JORDAN WICKS AWAITS THE MLB DRAFT ON JULY 11
July 9, 2021

Austin Siegel has a must-read K-State Sports Extra, "Five Things to Know Before the MLB Draft for Jordan Wicks."

He states that Jordan "will almost certainly become the highest-drafted player in K-State Baseball history on Sunday night." We certainly wish him well!

LIFE OF FITZ PODCAST, WITH LARRY WEIGEL
June 27, 2021

Gopowercat.com publisher Tim Fitzgerald has a 65-minute podcast with Larry Weigel, who played for the Cats when Tex Winter was coach, and later was an assistant to Tex, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Jack Hartman. Then he was executive director of the K-State Alumni Association.

In recent years, Larry has been publishing his Triangulate News. The name is drawn from his days playing for Tex Winter, who developed the triangle offense. If you'd like to be on the mailing list for his newsletter, send an e-mail to [email protected].

MITCH FORTNER: THE NEW PA VOICE OF WILDCAT FOOTBALL
June 21, 2021

KMAN's Mitch "The Fort" Fortner is officially lined up for PA duty at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. He's done a fine job with basketball, and is well qualified for this responsibility! (Manhattan Mercury)

TYLER LOCKETT BOBBLEHEAD TO BE RELEASED
June 16, 2021

Why on earth would the company limit production to 144? The Manhattan Mercury article doesn't seem to tell you how to get one. The company is FOCO... whatever that is. I am positive that there will be much more demand than 144!

WILDCAT CHAT: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MARCHING BAND WITH DR. TRACZ
June 16, 2021

I just finished watching a tremendous Wildcat Chat, with two exceptional leaders, Amy Button Renz, president of the K-State Alumni Assn., and her guest, Dr. Frank Tracz, who gave updates on The Pride of Wildcat Land. It's 42 fun and inspiring minutes. (YouTube)

12 MOMENTS TO REMEMBER FROM THE YEAR IN K-STATE SPORTS
June 14, 2021

Austin Siegel has a fun K-State Sports Extra, reflecting on a 77-66 WBB win over KU, Volleyball's big win over #24 Creighton (with big help by Aliyah Carter), Mike McGuirl's big Senior Night, Baseball beating #5 TCU, and yes, #1 is Football's win over #3 OU.

GENE TAYLOR'S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE
May 22, 2021

Kellis Robinett has posted this article, that has Gene's evalution of our sports 2020-21 seasons, and prospects for the future. I'm most concerned about Football, that only had four wins, but I'll be there every game to support them. I think Volleyball will have a solid season, and Women's Basketball will have its best season in years.

WHAT A DAY FOR K-STATE BASEBALL!
May 22, 2021

The Baseball Cats went into the bottom of the 9th inning trailing 4 - 8. They weren't perfect, but players started getting on base, and near the end, the two purple teams were tied at 8. Senior Chris Ceballos three-run walk-off home run, and the game was over. They had just won the series against #5-ranked TCU, who were leading the Big 12. Click here for the official recap, box score and highlights.

THE INAUGURAL JORDY NELSON LEGENDS CLASSIC SOFTBALL GAME - SEPT. 12
May 18, 2021

This is so exciting! It's going to be huuuge. Legends who have signed on for this include Kevin Lockett, David Allen, Michael Bishop, Jon McGraw, Jaime Mendez, Martin Gramatica and Kendra Wecker. There will be a presale for KSUFB season ticket holders on June 7, and they'll range in cost from $8 to $75. (K-State Sports Release)

BILL SNYDER: MY FOOTBALL LIFE AND THE REST OF THE STORY
May 18, 2021

Barnes & Noble is calling this an autobiography, so I guess my hero, Coach Snyder, was guided in telling his story by my favorite sports writer, D. Scott Fritchen. Here's a Barnes and Noble link for various ordering options. Here's the Amazon link. The publication date is listed as November 9.

MEET THE DIII TRANSFER BEHIND AN UNFORGETTABLE K-STATE BASEBALL MOMENT
May 6, 2021

Austin Siegel's latest K-State Sports Extra is a must-read story of Chad Shade's awesome three-run home run last weekend. As a transfer, it was his first K-State hit and home run.

K-STATE MEN'S BB GAINS EXPERIENCE WITH IMPACT TRANSFERS
May 4, 2021

Here's an interesting K-State Sports Extra, focused on the transfer portal, and incoming players Mark Smith (Missouri), Markquis Nowell (Little Rock) and Ismael Massoud (Wake Forest).

GENE TAYLOR INTERVIEW
May 3, 2021

John Kurtz, gatekeeper of KMAN's The Game, had a pretty comprehensive update with Gene Taylor, on Football ticket sales and masks, Baseball and new dudes at KU. (YouTube)

SHADE'S HOMER, WICKS' GEM & HOW BASEBALL JUST KEEPS WINNING
May 3, 2021

Many good things happened in Baseball's series win vs. Texas Southern over the weekend. Graduate transfer Chad Shade got a big home run for the Cats... his first hit of the season. Jordan Wicks and Chris Ceballos were very consistent. After the 16-4, 15-6, 16-1 series, the Cats are 27-16 (6-9). Don't miss Austin Siegel's Sports Extra. Also, here's a priceless enhanced look back at Chad Shade's homer, by the video staff, inspired by a very famous 1987 movie, and Brian Smoller's call.

WITH WALK-OFF MAGIC, K-STATE BASEBALL KEEPS ROLLING
April 19, 2021

Baseball had a nice series win over Oklahoma, which resulted in this K-State Sports Extra. It was the first OU series win since 2013. It was the 9th inning, on Sunday. The game was tied. OU's catcher missed a pitch, and ran toward the backstop to retrieve it. Three seconds later, we were Big 12 Champions. (YouTube)

SPORTS EXTRA: K-STATE FOOTBALL'S SPRING OPEN PRACTICE
April 7, 2021

Austil Siegel has a fine recap of the open practice on April 4. Chris Klieman said, "I think our offensive line has just come leaps and bounds from where we were last year at this time, when we had all the new guys, and didn't have spring ball." Also receiving shout outs were Noah Johnson, Cooper Beebe, Christian Duffie and Julius Brents, along with quarterbacks Will Howard, Jaren Lewis and Jake Rubley.

HOW ABOUT BASEBALL'S TEXAS TECH SERIES?!
Apr. 5, 2021

Spoiler: Game 1: Tech 17, Cats 1 / Game 2: Cats 7, Tech 2 / Game 3: Cats 10, Tech 4

Austin Siegel produced a preview Sports Extra: Cats Looking to Redefine Season Against No. 3 Texas Tech on April 1. Pete Hughes said after losing three to OSU, "The last thing you want to do as a baseball player or a baseball coach is to panic. We just have to redefine what we're doing." That seemed like sound advice.

Then, today, Austin was able to post an epic Sports Extra, How K-State Baseball Took Down the No. 3 Team in the Country. The outcome was K-State Baseball's first-ever series win over a top five team. Earlier today, Texas Tech dropped from #3 in Division I to #8, but they're still very good. Here's the final out of the series, as called by Brian Smoller.

LON KRUGER'S FAMILY APPROACH TO SUCCESS
Mar. 31, 2021

Larry Weigel, former MBB assistant coach, former executive director of the K-State Alumni Association and a historian of the K-State Men's Basketball program, has posted a very interesting look back at Lon Kruger's time as a player. I think it would be reasonable to consider Larry the ultimate authority on the program over recent decades, because of his many years in Manhattan, and his acquaintances with so many prominent players. His story, Lon Kruger's Family Approach to Success, was printed in the Manhattan Mercury. I highly recommend it!

MIKE McGUIRL ON COMING BACK, AND WHAT'S NEXT FOR MBB
Mar. 31, 2021

Austin Siegel has posted an excellent K-State Sports Extra that's focused on Mr. McGuirl. It's a look back at his accomplishments, and the late-season improvement of the Cats. I believe Mike has been, and will continue as, a very valuable leader.

GENE TAYLOR: A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR BARGAIN
Mar. 27, 2021

Ned Seaton of The Manhattan Mercury has posted an editorial (of the above-listed title), that contains a lot of interesting and thoughtful context on Gene's five-year contract extension and pay raise. I've been at K-State for 50 years, and see Gene as one of the least-controversial ADs we've had. While he doesn't communicate goings-on as much as John Currie did, I think the great majority of his decisions have been reasonable, and with good outcomes. He is humble, his athletics programs are all in good standing with the NCAA and the Big 12, and his budgets have been balanced. In fact, he arranged to step away from K-State student fee support a couple of years back. The only thing I disagree with to much extent is the plan to dump a football practice field in the East Stadium parking lot. I think it will be a nuisance. Regardless, we're fortunate to have Gene! (link)

GENE TAYLOR'S CONTRACT EXTENSION: WHAT'S NEW, AND BENEFITS AVAILABLE
Mar. 26, 2021

Gene Taylor, who will have been at K-State for four years on April 17, has been awarded a very significant raise, a five-year extension, and multiple incentive and sports performance bonus opportunities. Ryan Black of the Manhattan Mercury has the details.

LON KRUGER: "NCAA IS GOING TO A GUNFIGHT WITH A KNIFE"
Mar. 26, 2021

I wish Lon the very best in his retirement, and salute his accomplishments as a coach. In his retirement press conference at OU, when asked about the state of college basketball, he replied, "As great as it is, and I'll get on a soap box here, the NCAA has to revamp, period. We can't continue as we are. Young coaches see violations of the rules and nothing happens, and that's ridiculous. I'm concerned that young coaches are taking that as a lead." (Heartland College Sports)

LON KRUGER ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT TODAY
Mar. 25, 2021

Lonnie, a K-State Athletics Hall of Famer, and coach of the Cats from 1986 to 2000, retired from Oklahoma today, after 10 seasons there. I have had the highest admiration of and appreciation for him, and wish him nothing but the best. Lon's been included in the montage of K-State greats at the top of this web page since I started it, 20+ years ago. I had the privilege of seeing every varsity game he played in in Ahearn Field House. He was Big 8 Player of the Year in 1973 and 1974.

As a player and coach, Lon did things the right way, as you can imagine, given consecutive Player of the Year recognitions. He was cited by the Kansas Legislative for the example he set as a student athlete. As a head coach of the Cats, he was very approachable to fans, well-prepared and humble. I wish him the very best, as he moves the Las Vegas, where his son, Kevin, will coach UNLV. (Lonnie's Wikipedia page)

KANSAS STATE EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH GENE TAYLOR THROUGH 2026-27
Mar. 24, 2021

Gene Taylor has now been at the helm of K-State Athletics for just under four years! President Myers has extended his contract five years, and he's been awarded significant increases, benefits and performance bonus opportunities. Read more in this initial story in the Manhattan Mercury. (link)

MIKE McGUIRL IS STAYING ANOTHER YEAR
Mar. 23, 2021

Mike's a good man, and he's determined to contribute to the team. Kellis Robinett posted the good news to the Wichita Eagle today. Mike said, "This was an easy decision for me,” McGuirl said in a statement. “The coaches and the Kansas State community have been so great to me, and I wanted another year with my brothers on the team." Kellis reported, "An honorable mention All-Big 12 performer, McGuirl averaged a career high 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Wildcats, while playing a whopping 34.4 minutes as a senior."

COMPILATION VIDEO: ALL 60 OF NIJEL PACK'S FRESHMAN 3FGs
Mar. 17, 2021

K-State MBB posted this five-minute video to Twitter today. I guarantee you'll enjoy it. (Twitter link)

KU SHOULD BE MORE LIKE K-STATE
Mar. 13, 2021

There's an even-handed editorial in the Lawrence Journal-World regarding finances in the two Big 12 neighbors. A key point is that in FY 2020, KSU Athletics spent $79.7 million, and KU spent $102.6 million. The point is that with both schools in the same NCAA Division and conference not to mention the same state, K-State spent 77% of what KU spent. Salaries constitute a significant difference. The local paper is calling on the chancellor to have a look at the situation.

K-STATE MBB CHALLENGED #2 BAYLOR
Mar. 11, 2021

Our Cats came close to being the lead story on Sports Center tonight, but ultimately lost by six points to #2 Baylor, 68-74. Baylor is now 22-1, and the Cats finished 2020-21 9-20. Here's the recap. The teams very close in several stats categories, and there were six lead changes. The bright side of this is the Cats finishing their season knowing they had the #2 team in Division I on red alert for the entire game. It's a whole lot easier to draw motivation to improve from a close loss to a highly-talented team, as opposed to being stomped to end their season. The 21-point win over TCU yesterday should leave the Cats with good optimism, as well. Congrats to Nijel Pack and Davion Bradford for team-leading scoring of 18 points! It will be fun to see what next season brings.

See the recap page link for links to highlights, postgame comments, and photos.

HOPE HAS COME OUT – CATS BURY TCU IN THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
Mar. 11, 2021

K-State 71, TCU 50 was the outcome in the first game of the Big 12 tournament. ESPN announced their odds of winning as 27%, even though the teams had split the season. Here's the latest K-State Sports Extra, by Austin Siegel.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM K-STATE VS. IOWA STATE
Mar. 10, 2021

Austin Siegel has an excellent update on MBB in his latest K-State Sports Extra. This was the Cats' third victory in the last four games. Their defensive stats have improved considerably of late. Austin previewed the encounter with TCU tonight. A key to victory will be Davion Bradford getting rebounds. Finally, Bruce is hoping that some shots will be made.

FRAN FRASCHILLA SEES A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR K-STATE MBB
Feb. 26, 2021

I like Fran Fraschilla, and believe when he gives an interview, he's honest and insightful, with tremendous basketball experience to draw from. Kellis Robinett posted this interview for The Kansas City Star today. I definitely agree with one of his points of emphasis: improve three-point shooting.

K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL 62, OU 57
Feb. 24, 2021

What a tremendous night, as our Cats played OU close most of the game, and had an awesome finish! How about a collection of links?

•  'This program is going in the right direction' - Collegian
•  Mike McGuirl's big night lifts Kansas State over No. 7 Oklahoma, 62-57 - Salina Journal
•  McGuirl leads MBB to upset win over #7 Oklahoma on senior night - Collegian
•  Kansas State upends #7 Oklahoma - Manhattan Mercury
•  How Mike McGuirl Delivered an Unforgettable Senior Night - K-State Sports Extra

MIKE McGUIRL'S POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER BEATING #7 OU
Feb. 23, 2021

Mike had 19 points, and hit five 3-pointers in his Senior Night game. I have very much appreciated his leadership and determination, and hope he comes back. (press conference link) (Senior Night ceremony video)

McGUIRL STEPS UP AS 'CATS SNAP STREAK
Feb. 22, 2021

Here's a must-read K-State Sports Extra, a shout out to Mike McGuirl for his part in leading MBB to a much-needed win vs. TCU on Feb. 20.

BRUCE WEBER SEES OPPORTUNITY IN CLASH WITH JAYHAWKS
Feb. 17, 2021

Austin Siegel's latest K-State Sports Extra looks at Coach's points of emphasis and progress reports on individual players, as we await tonight's encounter with the poultry.

A PAIR OF HISTORIC K-STATE BASKETBALL PERFORMANCES
Feb. 1, 2021

The latest K-State Sports Extra is a look at exceptional scoring by Nijel Pack and Ayoka Lee. Nijel made 8 3s vs. TAMU on Saturday, and Yokie finished with 37 points vs. Oklahoma on Sunday.

DARREN SPROLES: BLAZE OF GLORY
Jan. 31, 2021

On January 11, Bill Snyder informed Darren Sproles that he was going to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, which is detailed just below this entry. I was reminded today of an exceptional profile that D. Scott Fritchen, then of GoPowercat.com, wrote about Darren. I'm not certain when this was written, but do not miss it.

WYATT THOMPSON DOES IT AGAIN!
Jan. 12, 2021

This is Wyatt's fourth straight year as Kansas Sportscaster of the Year, and he's been recognized six times. We all know he's excellent at play-by-play and interviews, and anyone who's been around him knows he's very approachable, humble and a friend to all. (link)

DARREN SPROLES TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Jan. 11, 2021

Can anyone imagine a more worthy inductee? Hall-of-Famer Bill Snyder got the privilege of informing Mr. Sproles (now retired from the NFL) of his selection, via a Zoom conference that included Gene Taylor and Chris Klieman. Here's a tweet of the Zoom session.

Have a look at Darren's K-State stats:

  • 2001: 210 yards, 1 TDs
  • 2002: 1,465 yards, 17 TDs
  • 2003: 1,986 yards, 16 TDs
  • 2004: 1,318 yards, 11 TDs
  • KSU career: 4,979 yards, 45 TDs, ave. 6.1 yards per carry
  • 3rd in Big 12 in rushing yards (4,979)
  • 5th in Heisman Trophy voting in 2003
  • 21 KSU records
  • 2003 1st Team All-American
Much of today's Wildcat Insider (the Monday version of KMAN's The Game) was devoted to Darren. The first hour had John Kurtz and Wyatt Thompson reflecting on his accomplishments (link), and the second hour had a lengthy call with Coach Snyder's memories of Darren (link). Also, the Jan. 11 Manhattan Mercury has a nice feature on Darren's selection to the Hall of Fame.

Re-entry: Don't miss this K-State Sports Extra on Darren learning of his selection to the Hall of Fame, and his memories of being a Wildcat.

NIJEL PACK CONTINUES TO SHOW PROGRESS WITH CAREER NIGHT IN LUBBOCK
Jan. 6, 2021

Today's K-State Sports Extra is focused on freshman guard Nijel Pack, who contributed 17 points at Texas Tech, played 38.5 minutes, and shot 63.6%. Coach Weber said, "Nijel can score off the ball and he can score on the run. He probably has to get a little better with the dribble, taking the contact and dealing with ball screens. Hopefully that will come with time, experience, going through habits and repetitions."

THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE TCU GAME
Jan. 4, 2021

Austin Siegel has a very interesting K-State Sports Extra on the seven-point loss to TCU. He has quotes from Davion Bradford, Nijel Pack and Coach Weber.

TOUR THE NEW HOME OF GOPOWERCAT.COM
Jan. 1, 2021

Don't miss this video tour of the latest home of GoPowercat.com. It's the tactical control of GoPowercat, a podcast studio, a hangout for Tim and Becky's doggies, a man cave, and I'm guessing that somewhere in there is a mini refrigerator.

GoPowercat had been on Moro St., in the old Varsity Theater for many years. They moved downtown recently. I remember going to an open house there, but it was a rental, and they got booted because big business wanted to build a new bank on that site on 4th St.

GOPOWERCAT.COM PODCAST: FINDING HOPE AS A NEW YEAR ARRIVES
Dec. 31, 2020

GoPowercat publisher Tim Fitzgerald has posted a tremendous 54-minute podcast, focused mostly on K-State MBB. It comes up without being logged in, so I guess it's OK to link to it. Fitz points out much to be optimistic about. He's speaking about great potential... not saying that everything is going to come together this week. Here's the link.

K-STATE GOES SMALL, PLAYS BIG IN WIN OVER JACKSONVILLE
Dec. 22, 2020

Here's another must-read K-State Sports Extra from Austin Siegel on points of emphasis that led to the Jacksonville win, along with player quotes.

TIM FITZGERALD'S PREDICTION FOR K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL 2021
Dec. 21, 2020

I transcribed an interesting quote from yesterday's The Drive on WIBW TV. Here you go...

"K-State fans, I get it. You're gonna be really restless this basketball season. You're gonna be upset that the Wildcats are losing so many games, and there will be more games, probably, like what happened with Baylor. But again, there will probably be some times when this team pulls together and looks really good, and wins a game, like they did at Iowa State. I'm gonna make a bold prediction right now. This group of freshmen will have a larger impact on K-State Basketball than the Brown, Stokes and Wade group. How's that for a prediction? And that's it for this week's edition of The Drive."

MEN'S HOOPS DOES THE LITTLE THINGS IN PERFECT START TO BIG 12 PLAY
Dec. 17, 2020

Austin Siegel has a look at the pieces that came together, resulting in a win over Iowa State last weekend, in this K-State Sports Extra.

GO POWERCAT'S 2020 SIGNING DAY SHOW
Dec. 16, 2020

The GoPowercat crew have put together a set of interviews with K-State Football signees. Every fan should watch this. The festivities begin with Ryan Wallace interviewing future QB Jake Rubley. (YouTube)

PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF KSU MISERY
Dec. 10, 2020

Manhattan Mercury publisher Ned Seaton wrote this editorial and look back at low points in KSU athletics. It was inspired by recent dumpster fire games, and it recalls that were equally bad, back in the day. (link)

DEUCE VAUGHN ADDS ONE MORE HISTORIC PERFORMANCE IN 2020
Dec. 7, 2020

In today's K-State Sports Extra, Austin Siegel itemizes the accomplishments of Texan Deuce Vaughn in the Texas game on Saturday. He had 221 total yards, scored two touchdowns, caught four passes and served as a kick returner. One of the most fun things is that now that he's become a household name, including beyond Manhattan, Deuce has proven to be a very effective decoy.

AHEAD OF FINAL GAME, DAVE LEWIS LOOKS BACK ON 14 YEARS OF FIRST DOWNS
Dec. 4, 2020

This was unexpected. It's hard to imagine games without our PA announcer, Dave Lewis. I remember when he started, he had to learn a couple of beloved traditions that he'd inherited from Ivan Wilkerson, then he was good to go. Austin Siegel's K-State Sports Extra has Dave's reflections on memorable moments, spanning his 14 years. K-Staters wish him well, thank him and will associate him with so many pleasant memories. I have an idea that Mitch Fortner will follow in his footsteps.

WELCOME TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Nov. 26, 2020

Today's K-State Sports Extra is a look at our MBB program, which has only four returning players with scholarships. It's also a quick review of yesterdays opener with Drake, who have much more experience, and had 20 wins the past two seasons.

HOW K-STATE CREATED THE LITTLE APPLE CLASSIC
Nov. 24, 2020

When Men's Basketball's Thanksgiving destination, the Cayman Islands Classic, was canceled, the program needed a place to play. There's no place like home... especially if home is MHK, so director of operations Drew Speraw started looking at options. This K-State Sports Extra is a step-by-step review of how Drew put it together. I've worked with him on housing details for team camps involving almost 1,000 players. I can tell you, he's very good at this kind of thing, and so is Bailey Bachamp, who works closely with him.

LOOKING BACK AT THE TOP TEN K-STATE SPORTS MOMENTS OF THE FALL
Nov. 23, 2020

Austin Siegel has an enjoyable look back at various programs' successes in the fall, in today's K-State Sports Extra. Soccer, Tennis and Women's Golf are in there, Volleyball got three of them, and Football's 55-14 win over KU, and the awesome win over #3 Oklahoma took first place.

THE NCAA TRANSFER PORTAL
November 19, 2020

I thought it was time for me to understand more about the NCAA Transfer Portal, so I went straight to the NCAA. From the NCAA's point of view, it was created for efficiency in the transfer option, which already existed, and to accommodate hardship situations. What's still a mystery to me is why so many K-State Football players are using it.

SIX THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE K-STATE BASKETBALL TIPS OFF
November 19, 2020

This K-State Sports Extra is a look at both BB programs. The bottom line is... they're ready to play some games!

K-STATE MEN'S BB HAS A SCHEDULE. / HERE'S WHAT COMES NEXT.
November 10, 2020

The latest K-State Sports Extra is a nice overview of this season's players. The theme is "Find your niche. Find a way to score."

THE SUPERPOWER OF DEUCE VAUGHN
October 28, 2020

The Athletic has a great profile on Deuce Vaughn. It's a hit with Cats fans. This is a pay site.

K-STATE FOOTBALL DEFEATS KU ONCE AGAIN.
October 24, 2020

Today's 55-14 outcome marks 12 straight Ws vs. KU, which is a series record. Click right here for your highlights on YouTube. Phillip Brooks had a big day, with four punt returns, and 189 total yards. (photo gallery) (complete replay on YouTube)

MEN'S BASKETBALL HAS FIRST PRACTICE
October 15, 2020

This K-State Sports Extra includes comments on the obvious challenges faced in recent months, new players, injuries and the Little Apple Classic on Nov. 25 and 27.

SPORTS EXTRA: TCU WEEK
October 7, 2020

Austin Siegel's K-State Sports Extra has a number of quotes, including Briley Moore, Noah Johnson and Chris Klieman, to preview the TCU game.

HOW K-STATE RAN DOWN TEXAS TECH AND A 2-0 START IN THE BIG 12
October 5, 2020

Austin Siegel's latest K-State Sports Extra has the latest on Deuce Vaughn's heroics, including a 70-yard touchdown play.

DEUCE VAUGHN: TEXAS TECH VICTORY PRESS CONFERENCE
October 3, 2020

If you'd like to feel great about the future of K-State Football, watch Deuce for a few minutes. (video link)

K-STATE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK - TEXAS TECH WEEK
September 30, 2020

Austin Siegel's latest K-State Sports Extra is a look back at the big OU victory, Skylar Thompson developing as a competitor as a kid and his next opponent, Texas Tech.

K-STATE FOOTBALL DEFEATS #3 OKLAHOMA 38-35
September 26, 2020

K-State has had some historic wins over Oklahoma over the years. How about the Big 12 championship win, 35-7, at Arrowhead in 2003, or last year's home win over #5 OU, 48-41? Here are some fun links, for future reference:

MEET THE FOOTBALL FAMILY BEHIND DEUCE VAUGHN'S K-STATE DEBUT
September 24, 2020

#22 was a big topic during the Arkansas State game. Here's a must-read K-State Sports Extra from Austin Siegel. It covers Deuce's family background, recruiting process and what led him to play for the Cats. (bio page)

THIS CAMPUS IS SPECIAL
September 22, 2020

Chuck Lillie has tweeted this recruiting / unity video, which was seen on the Bramlage video boards before every basketball game last season. I don't recall if it was in the Football pregame or not. I think it's tremendous, and could never tire of seeing it. You can right-click right here to download it.

GETTING TO KNOW NIJEL PACK OF K-STATE MEN'S HOOPS
September 15, 2020

Here's another good K-State Sports Extra from Austin Siegel.

HARRY TROTTER'S WRITING THE FINAL CHAPTER AT K-STATE
September 10, 2020

Here's a good K-State Sports Extra.

SPORTS EXTRA: Q&A WITH CHRIS KLIEMAN
September 7, 2020

Austin Siegel has an informative update with Coach Klieman.

CARLTON LINGUARD BRINGS EXPLOSIVE POTENTIAL, JUCO EXPERIENCE
August 26, 2020

Get acquainted with 6' 11" Carlton Linguard, with Austin Siegel's latest K-State Sports Extra. Bruce Weber was competing for him along with USC, New Mexico, Colorado and TCU.

SPORTS EXTRA: TAYLOR BRAET
August 21, 2020

It's never a dull moment when Taylor Braet is in the house! He is unequaled, if you need passion and energy in your recruiting operation. Austin Siegel's K-State Sports Extra is a must-read. Taylor is truly an important asset!

GETTING TO KNOW LUKE KASUBKE OF K-STATE MEN'S HOOPS
August 12, 2020

Austin Siegel has a great K-State Sports Extra featuring Luke Kasubke. It's a look at his recruiting process, his BB heroes and early experiences as a new Cat.

CHRIS KLIEMAN: MY FAVORITE GAME I'VE COACHED AT K-STATE
August 1, 2020

Greg Woods of The Manhattan Mercury continues with his series with head coaches. Chris Klieman's choice was a good one: the Cats over #5 OU on October 26, 2019. There was quite a crowd on the field after that one! (link)

BRUCE WEBER: MY FAVORITE GAME I'VE COACHED AT K-STATE
July 31, 2020

Greg Woods of The Manhattan Mercury continues with his series with head coaches. Today he's posted a visit with Bruce Weber about the glorious victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament in March of 2018. Barry Brown, Jr. had a very big part in it, with 13 points and a fancy late layup. Xavier Sneed contributed 22 points. A fun fact is that our Cats played the final 74 seconds with all guards. (link)

RIP PAT HARTMAN
July 22, 2020

Manhattan lost a nice one, as Pat Hartman passed away today, at the age of 94. She came to K-State with Jack, and stayed for 50 years. I hadn't seen her much this past year, but over the decades, she was a regular at K-State Basketball and Volleyball. She will certainly be missed. (K-State Mourns the Passing of Pat Hartman)

LIFE OF FITZ PODCAST: WYATT THOMPSON
July 14, 2020

Don't miss this LIfe of Fitz Podcast with the 18-year Voice of the Cats, Wyatt Thompson! I have great appreciation for Wyatt's outstanding preparation, play-by-play and enthusiasm. He's a friend to all, and has received a number of awards for excellence in sports broadcasting. GoPowercat.com boss Tim Fitzgerald gives us another great interview. (link)

HOW BRUCE WEBER SIGNED GAME-CHANGING RECRUITS IN A PANDEMIC
July 10, 2020

I recommend this K-State Sports Extra by Austin Siegel. Catch up on K-State's recruiting activities this summer, and modified approaches required by the current state of affairs.

DARREN SPROLES, TERENCE NEWMAN, STEVE FRITZ AND JORDY NELSON TO THE KANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
June 3, 2020

These gents need no introduction! On Sunday, October 4, 2020, they'll be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Here's the KSHOF release, and the release from K-State, which has much more detail on the Cats.

LON KRUGER AND THE WEEK MICHAEL JORDAN CAME TO MANHATTAN
May 18, 2020

Austin Siegel has posted an interesting K-State Sports Extra. It's an interview with Lon Kruger, who needs no introduction in these parts. Jack Hartman, Lon and Bob Chipman coached Team USA for the Pan American Games, and about a week's practices took place in my favorite place on earth, Mike Ahearn Field House. (link)

WYATT AND STAN HAVE A WILDCAT PODCAST ON K-STATE FOOTBALL!
April 14, 2020

What a nice surprise! Here's a download link. The audio podcast runs about 16 minutes, and as you'd expect, Stan Weber has all kinds of fun facts. This first podcast focuses on quarterbacks.

Update: The link above is for the first podcast. In the left-side navigation column of this page, look for KSTATESPORTS.COM / Wildcat Podcasts 2020, where I have a current set of links to this year's podcasts. I'm downloading an MP3 of each week's podcast.

BJ AND MEGAN FARR KISSEL FEEDING KC's HEALTH CARE WORKERS
April 3, 2020

Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel played Baseball for K-State, and you'll remember Megan Farr Kissel as a middle blocker for K-State Volleyball, who was All-Big 12. They're the subjects of today's K-State Sports Extra. After an act of kindness to their daughter, McKenna, BJ got the idea to provide meals from Jack Stack Barbecue for Kansas City health care workers during this challenging time for them, by way of a GoFundMe for Feed It Forward.

One good act leads to more with these things. The Feed It Forward account has raised over $41,000, as of this moment. Jack Stack Barbecue is able to feed about 125 people for every $1,000, and has pledged to donate 200 additional meals for every 1,000 people fed. This brings the number of health-care workers fed through the campaign to well over 5,000.

JACOB PULLEN RECALLS K-STATE MBB VS. XAVIER, MARCH 18, 2010
March 27, 2020

Here's a free-content interview by D. Scott Fritchen, visiting with Jacob Pullen two days ago. Many Cats fans call this one of the best games K-State MBB ever placed. So many players sunk field goals and free throws. They played smart. They never got intimidated. As posted below, here's one YouTube video of the double OT, 101-96 victory! D. Scott went on to call this one of the greatest NCAA tournament games in history!

K-STATE MBB BOOKS A SERIES OF THREE GAMES VS. NEBRASKA
March 27, 2020

We'll play one at the Sprint Center in 2020 (if the world still exists), then in Lincoln and in the Octagon. This is fun news! (link)

KANSAS STATE MBB VS. XAVIER (NO, NOT SNEED), MARCH 18, 2010
March 27, 2020

What a game. K-State (spoiler) beat Xavier 101-96 in double overtime, enroute to the Elite Eight. Here it is, on YouTube. It's not HDTV, but it's still great basketball. Pullen, Clemente, Kelly, Samuels, Merriewether and others really stepped up. Frank Martin and Brad Underwood live tweeted during a replay of this game tonight.

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY: K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL BEATS KENTUCKY
March 22, 2020

Our Cats have tangled with the Kentucky Wildcats 10 times, but this was the first K-State win. Having led for 34 minutes, the Cats won, 61-58, after a Kentucky player missed a 3 FG. We advanced to the Elite Eight. Here's a link to the box score and highlights video. Don't miss it!

MAKOL MAWIEN: A SPECIAL STORY
March 6, 2020

The Big XII's Around the Rim focuses on Makol Mawien, who's started all 101 games for the Cats. His path to the United States and citizenship is a real nice story. (video link)

X NATION: FAMILY FOR LIFE
March 6, 2020

Here's a must-see profile on #20 Xavier Sneed's parents, who over four years have attended almost all of his games with KSU MBB.

BRUCE WEBER POWERCHAT, WITH TIM FITZGERALD
February 2, 2020

Here's great stuff, in two parts. Part 1, 32 minutes / Part 2, 34 minutes

SKIP BAYLESS WEIGHS IN ON THE SUNFLOWER SUSPENSIONFEST®
January 22, 2020

YouTube video

LOCALS HOPE TO HONOR K-STATE ICON ROBERT LIPSON
January 22, 2020

Kaylie Mclaughlin has a nice story in the Collegian about the great Robert J. Lipson, and his nearly 50 years as an exceptionally loyal Cat fan. He goes anywhere in the country to support Wildcat Football and Men's Basketball. He is basically a professional fan! I've sat by him at games many times, and it is the ultimate K-State experience. No matter the sport, Robert likes to tie the situation at hand to football, like yelling, "Kick a field goal" if there are two players on bases, and a batter at the plate. Robert wants three runs. If he wants to cheer for a pitcher, he hollers, "Keep bowling," because bowlers get strikes, and Robert wants a strike added to the batter's count. This story is now 15 months old, and I don't think the plan is in place, but it's sure fun to add it to my page! Yes... I've gotten to hold Robert's "WE OWN THIS STATE" sign.

FRAN FRASCHILLA'S COMMENTS ON THE SUNFLOWER STEEL CAGE MATCH®
January 22, 2020

KMAN's John Kurtz has posted audio of the interview to YouTube.

K-STATE RESPONDS TO MBB PLAYER SUSPENSIONS
January 22, 2020

As a result of the Sunflower Steel Cage Match® difficulties last night, the Big 12 has suspended James Love for 8 games beyond his medical unavailability, and Antonio Gordon for the next 3 games. The Squawks' Silvio De Sousa is suspended for 12 games, and David McCormack got 2 games. During this time, the players can be near the bench, can't be introduced in or part of pregame, and can't travel. (link)

BEHIND THE MIC WITH THE VOICE OF THE CHIEFS, MITCH HOLTHUS
January 17, 2020

Here's a must-read profile on Mitch, on the eve of the Chiefs' AFC championship game. I have the highest admiration for him. (link)

K-STATE FOOTBALL: FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM COACH KLIEMAN'S FIRST SEASON
January 6, 2020

Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra lists 2019 successes and situations in place for 2020 that are noteworthy.

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