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)
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.
Bowl games and opponents will be announced on December 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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)
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)
Here's a personal example of Mitch's brain power: My friend Jerry and I had a brief visit 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.
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.
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!
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