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
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!
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:
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.
- 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
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
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.
CARTIER DIARRA: BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK!!
December 30, 2019
Here's K-State's release of the exciting news. Some were wondering about Cartier, then he laid 25 points on Tulsa!
DALTON SCHOEN: IN HIS OWN WORDS
December 30, 2019
Dalton was given the keys to today's K-State Sports Extra. He grew up as a Cats fan, with a dream of being on the team.
He offered his services as a receiver, but wasn't scooped up immediately. In fact, the process felt painfully slow. Eventually given the chance to be a walk-on, he embraced Coach Snyder's goal of No Self-Limitations, and became a three-year scholarship player, a team captain and Honorable Mention All-Big 12.
Q&A WITH K-STATE FOOTBALL SENIOR JORDAN MITTIE
December 27, 2019
Jordan spent a fall with Navy, his opponent on New Year's Eve, and he took a visit to Memphis. He's played for several schools and coaches. I noticed in the graduation program earlier this month that he picked up an MBA. Here's his K-State Sports Extra.
THE TOP TEN WINS BY K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL THIS DECADE
December 26, 2019
Riley Gates of GoPowercat.com has just posted this awesome look back at the program's greatest wins in the 2010s.
THE TOP TEN WINS BY K-STATE FOOTBALL THIS DECADE
December 26, 2019
From GoPowercat.com and Riley Gates, here's a fun look back at historic wins in the 2010s. (link)
SKYLAR THOMPSON, CHRIS KLIEMAN BUILD A SPECIAL BOND AT K-STATE
December 26, 2019
This is free content from the great D. Scott Fritchen at GoPowercat.com. (link)
TAYLOR BRAET: THE STORY BEHIND FOOTBALL'S DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING
December 17, 2019
Taylor "Sped" Braet has been K-State Football's director of recruiting for seven years. His enthusiam is unmatched. The Collegian has a nice profile on him today. Follow him on Twitter. (@spedbraet) By the way, I and other Football fans saw him proposing to his beautiful wife, Leah, at center field in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, just after Coach Snyder's radio show, which was in the Big 8 Room of the former Vanier Complex, overlooking the field.
MBB FOCUSING ON DNA IN TRIP TO PLAY MISSISSIPPI STATE
December 13, 2019
Today's K-State Sports Extra has a nice look at where the team is in mid December, and Coach Weber's goals and talking points.
TOP 10 K-STATE SPORTS MOMENTS, 2010-2019
December 6, 2019
Zaldy Doyungan has compiled an awesome Twitter video spanning various KSU sports. You'll see McGruder's winning shot vs. Baylor (2013), Thomas's winning TD pass vs. Iowa State (2017), Diarra's windmill dunk near the end of MBB vs. KU in 2019, Baseball's Big 12-winning run vs. OU (2013), Erik Kynard winning the Olympics Silver Medal (2012), Football's 21-point comeback vs. Iowa State (2015), Pullen scoring 38 points vs. #1 KU (2010), MBB beating OU to win the Big 12 (2019) and Football's win vs. Texas for the Big 12 championship (2012).
UNBELIEVABLE RIDE FOR K-STATE FOOTBALL SETS FOUNDATION
December 5, 2019
Today's K-State Sports Extra includes quotes from Coach Klieman and players on the foundation set by the eight-win first season.
JOSHUA YOUNGBLOOD IS BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
December 4, 2019
Mr. Youngblood, the reigning Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, is now the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year! This is the first time a freshman has earned Big 12 Player of the Year for offense, defense or special teams. A nation-leading three kickoff return touchdowns led to the award. Joshua joins Nick Lenners and Wyatt Hubert as First Team All-Big 12. Finally, Joshua had just won his second straight Player of the Week honor. (Manhattan Mercury) (K-State Football)
STRONG 4th QUARTER PUSHES K-STATE FB PAST IOWA STATE
December 1, 2019
Yesterday's win over Iowa State will be remembered for a number of reasons: 24 MPH wind gusting to 40 MPH at 38° F, senior night, another Joshua Youngblood kickoff return, a 27-17 win over the #23 team, limiting Iowa State's time of possession, and seeing Chris Klieman's first regular season end with 8 wins. Reflect on the big day in the climate-controlled comfort of your home, with this K-State Sports Extra.
JOSHUA YOUNGBLOOD: BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
November 25, 2019
It seems that if you produce a 100-yard kickoff return, you're a strong contender for Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. The Big 12 proclaimed that today for Joshua Youngblood! By the way, Tim Fitzgerald had "Block, you K-State Wildcats" as a key to victory, and that's just what we saw in this spectacular play, so congrats to all the Wildcats involved! The Big 12 said,
"Youngblood is the only true freshman in the conference this year to earn offensive, defensive or special teams player of the week honors, while he is the first Wildcat to do so since Tyler Lockett picked up the special teams honor twice in 2011. It was Youngblood's second kickoff-return touchdown this year (98 yards at Texas)."
(K-State's announcement) (video) (Twitter) (GoPowercat.com)
ASK THE A.D.
November 21, 2019
In his latest visit with Brian Smoller, Gene Taylor addresses some hot topics, including placement of the new indoor football practice facility, use of the awful Cats script logo on Football helmets (instead of the Powercat), expansion of teams in the Big 12, construction plans and compensating players for their likeness. (video link) (transcript)
DEAN WADE LOVING LIFE AS A PRO
November 19, 2019
Here's a must-read K-State Sports Extra.
XAVIER SNEED: SENIOR STAR
November 6, 2019
On May 29, Cat fans were relieved, although admittedly selfishly, when they learned that Xavier Sneed had withdrawn from the NBA draft. In a front page story in today's Collegian, X says, "My focus is to do whatever I need to do to help us win." He was Academic All-Big 12 Second Team in 2018 and 2019, and Honorable Mention All-Big 12 in 2019. I know he's going to have a huge impact this season. (link)
HOW DOES THE FIELD STORMING FINE COMPARE TO THE ATHLETICS BUDGET?
November 5, 2019
As we learn from the Collegian, It's a bargain!
KLIEMAN'S "ATTACK THE DAY" PROCESS TAKING HOLD, LEADING TO SUCCESS
November 4, 2019
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra is a nice update on the new program.
JON WEFALD HAS WRITTEN AN ESSAY ON HIRING THE RIGHT COACH
October 18, 2019
I found this in the Manhattan Mercury. Ryan Black reports on former KSU president Jon Wefald's experience and guidance on making a good hire. Wefald is quick to take credit for hiring Bill Snyder, but it should be noted that Jim Epps discovered his work at Iowa. The first retirement of Bill Snyder in 2005 resulted in the selection of Ron Prince. The conventional wisdom is that Pres. Wefald was a major factor in his hiring. Then, in 2008, Wefald walked in the Cats' visitor locker room in Lawrence, to find Ron Prince berating his players after a loss to KU. That was on a Saturday, and on Monday, Prince was out of work... having been sent back to Manhattan with KSU Police, rather than on the team bus.
Jon Wefald has some very interesting recommendations on hiring a head coach, and some strongly correlate to the Ron Prince era. I think there's merit to them. (link)
POWERCAT POUNCES INTO 30th YEAR
October 6, 2019
Here's Haley Dixon's visit in the Manhattan Mercury with artist Tom Bookwalter and Coach Bill Snyder about the creation of the Powercat logo. (link)
MEN'S BASKETBALL FOCUSED ON MAINTAINING CHAMPIONSHIP DNA
September 30, 2019
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra is a look at Bruce Weber's theme of duplicating championship DNA. The idea is to replicate the toughness and hard work we saw from Dean Wade, Barry Brown, Jr. and Kamau Stokes. A fun fact is that K-State held opponents to 59.5 points per game in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the fifth-best mark in the 68-team field. Although they came into that tournament as a nine seed, they reached the Elite Eight.
K-STATE CONTROLS 4th QUARTER IN WIN AT #23 MISSISSIPPI STATE
September 15, 2019
I have to get this K-State Sports Extra on record here. This was Kansas State's first road win over an SEC team. The Cats ended behind the Bulldogs in a number of statistical categories, but never gave up. The 100-yard return by Malik Knowles, plus interceptions, helped immensely.
SKYLAR THOMPSON CARRYING HEIGHTENED CONFIDENCE INTO BATTLE
September 13, 2019
Corbin McGuire's latest K-State Sports Extra reviews Skylar's early season successes. It reveals opportunities for growth that he had during the summer, and how he's preparing for upcoming games. His passing efficiency, as of today, ranks 11th nationally.
GREG GRENSING ENJOYING RETIREMENT AFTER LONG CAREER
September 11, 2019
We came to know Greg Grensing when he signed on with Lon Kruger in 1986-87, along with Dana Altman. He would work with Lon at K-State, UNLV and OU, and also with Dana Altman at K-State and Creighton. This feature by Mack McClure in the Manhattan Mercury is a real nice look back at those days. Don't miss it!
JORDY NELSON IS COMING HOME
August 26, 2019
Super Bowl winner and K-State Ring of Honor member Jordy Nelson is coming home to Riley County. Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra has a look at his pro career, and plans for the future.
BRUCE WEBER LEADS US UNDER-19 TEAM TO GOLD MEDAL
July 8, 2019
Big-time congrats to Bruce Weber and Shane Southwell, whose U.S. U19 team defeated Mali for the World Cup championship! (Manhattan Mercury)
XAVIER SNEED READY TO MAKE THE MOST OF HIS RETURN
June 19, 2019
Xavier removed his name from the NBA draft on May 29. Here's a K-State Sports Extra as he looks forward to his final college season.
SOUTHWELL READY TO BE A BRIDGE FOR K-STATE MBB PLAYERS
May 29, 2019
Earlier this month, Shane Southwell was named MBB's Director of Student Athlete Development. Corbin McGuire's latest K-State Sports Extra looks at his time since he was a K-State player.
CROSSROADS LED JERMAINE HENDERSON TO K-STATE, BACK TO COACHING
May 20, 2019
Jermaine has been named an assistant coach for Men's Basketball. Here's a K-State Sports Extra that looks at his path to the new position.
KAMAU STOKES INTERVIEW
April 11, 2019
Kamau visits with the media about his quest for the NBA. Good luck to Kamau!
BARRY BROWN, JR. INTERVIEW
April 11, 2019
Barry visits with the media prior to the MBB banquet about the NBA, next year's K-State players, etc. We wish him the best!
DEAN WADE VIDEO INTERVIEW
April 11, 2019
Dean Wade visits with GoPowercat.com about his foot injury in the Big 12 championship win vs. Oklahoma, going pro, Texas Tech's success, etc. We wish him the best!
BRUCE WEBER VIDEO INTERVIEW
April 11, 2019
Bruce Weber gave a very open interview to GoPowercat.com, prior to the Men's Basketball banquet today.
BARRY BROWN, JR. PLAYS IN THE REESE'S® COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME
Apr. 6, 2019
BB&J wore a Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup uniform in the All-Star Game. He had 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. (stats) I hope he gets his shot in the NBA. He's earned it!
THE MOMS BEHIND K-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Mar. 26, 2019
Here's a nice feature in the Kansas State Collegian posted by Molly Hackett. She visited with the mothers of Xavier Sneed, Dean Wade, Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown, Jr.
DEAN WADE'S LEGACY OVERSHADOWS HIS CRUEL FATE AT TOURNAMENT TIME
Mar. 22, 2019
This update on Dean Wade was posted by Arne Green of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
THE BARRY BROWN, JR. STORY, AS TOLD BY OTHERS
Mar. 20, 2019
I already had a huge amount of respect for Barry Brown, Jr. after his four seasons. You must read Corbin McGuire's outstanding K-State Sports Extra, to understand how Mr. Brown, now #5 all-time in career points, became First Team All-Big 12.
NCAA TOURNAMENT 2019 MEDIA
- Barry Brown, Jr. & Kamau Stokes Selection Sunday Press Conference, 3-17-19
- Bruce Weber Selection Sunday Press Conference, 3-17-19
- NCAA Tournament Bracket (CBS), 3-17-19
- Barry Brown, Jr. interview at MHK before U. C. Irvine, 3/19/19
- MBB Focused on Defensive Identity in Battle with UC Irvine, 3/22/19
- Postgame Interviews after Loss to UC Irvine (GoPowercat)>, 3/22/19
- MBB Plans to Carry Three Seniors' Legacies, Traits Forward, 3/23/19
BIG 12 MBB TOURNAMENT MEDIA: ISU GAME
Mar. 16, 2019
BIG 12 MBB TOURNAMENT MEDIA: TCU GAME
Mar. 14, 2019
- Bruce Weber interview before the tournament (Mar. 13)
- Bruce Weber, Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown, Jr. postgame interview after beating TCU, 70-61
- locker room postgame interviews
- highlights video, Big 12
- game recap
- box score, stats and quotes
- Down 12 in first half, K-State surges past TCU into semifinals, Topeka Capital-Journal
- Levi Stockard comes up big in Big 12 Tournament win against TCU, Topeka Capital-Journal
- Kansas City Star
- Diarra brings energy, defense and passing in return as K-State beats TCU, Manhattan Mercury
- Levi Stockard maximizes his opportunity as Kansas State downs TCU, Manhattan Mercury
- K-State overcomes slow start to top TCU in Big 12 tournament, Manhattan Mercury
K-STATE MBB READY FOR CHALLENGES BIG 12 TOURNAMENT BRINGS
Mar. 14, 2019
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra reflects on the Big 12 regular season, and the Cats' having been the team to beat for almost all of that time.. (link)
LON KRUGER'S LOVE FOR K-STATE EVIDENT ON A SPECIAL SATURDAY IN MANHATTAN
Mar. 12, 2019
Here's a feature in the Manhattan Mercury.
BARRY BROWN, JR.: BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR /
BARRY BROWN AND DEAN WADE: 1st TEAM ALL-BIG 12
Mar. 10, 2019
Along with a conference championship, individual Wildcats received conference honors last week. Barry Brown, Jr. and Dean Wade are All-Big 12. Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed are Honorable Mention All-Big 12. (link)
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP MEDIA
Mar. 10, 2019
Here's Twitter video of the championship celebration. (and here's another version on YouTube) Here's a Twitter photo of Dean Wade kissing the Powercat. Speaking of Powercat, GoPowercat.com has video of Bruce Weber's press conference, and also Barry and Dean's postgame press conference.
THE DEAN WADE REVERSE DUNK
Mar. 9, 2019
It occurred with 05:53 remaining in the OU game for the Big 12 championship. In postgame, Coach Weber stated that he didn't recall ever seeing Dean do a dunk like that. We have it for you right here (with six replays).
AS JOHN CURRIE TAKES OVER WAKE FOREST, HIS WORK AT KSU IS VALIDATED
Mar. 9, 2019
I completely supported and appreciated John Currie when he was in Manhattan, and I'm sure he will accomplish great things at Wake Forest. (Kansas City Star)
MBB SENIORS CLINCH BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP IN BRAMLAGE
Mar. 10, 2019
Here's a K-State Sports Extra that looks primarily at the emotions involved in the championship game experience.
MBB SENIORS LOOK TO ADD BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP TO LEGACY
Mar. 9, 2019
Today's the day to tie the ribbons on an exceptional conference season. You have to feel good going into a championship game, led by Barry Brown, Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes. Here's Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra.
DEAN WADE FEELING GOOD, HAVING FUN AGAIN FOR MBB
Mar. 4, 2019
At the postgame press conference, Dean Wade describes a momentum-building dunk that started a 10-2 run vs. Baylor. (K-State Sports Extra)
WILDCATS FOCUSED ON PLAYING K-STATE BASKETBALL AT KU
Feb. 25, 2019
Corbin McGuire collects our trade secrets from the Cats.
THE WILD RIDE OF TITLE CHASING AND COUPON CLIPPING FOR K-STATE'S BRUCE WEBER
Feb. 23, 2019
Here's a nice look at Bruce Weber and the Cats, in the Kansas City Star, by Sam Mellinger.
BARRY BROWN, JR. NOW AMONG KSU's ALL-TIME GREATS
Feb. 22, 2019
Ned Seaton has a must-read article in the Manhattan Mercury, making his case for Barry Brown being mentioned along with the gents with retired jerseys. Barry is now #5 all-time in scoring, and #1 in steals. Along with a fine look back at Barry's accomplishments, there's a great summary of accomplishments by other MBB greats.
K-STATE MBB's OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT KEY IN WIN STREAK
Feb. 15, 2019
Corbin McGuire's latest K-State Sports Extra has quotes from Dean Wade and Coach Weber. Coach has emphasized good passing as a key to victory. Coach Weber also compliment Barry Brown, Jr.'s decision making... for example, when he's starting a drive to the hoop. Because of Barry's success, opponents descend on him, which leaves a teammate open.
GOOD EATS: HOW KSU MBB PRIORITIZES NUTRITION
Feb. 15, 2019
Greg Woods in the Manhattan Mercury has a detailed and interesting feature on feeding our MBB Wildcats. (link)
STOKES, MBB STAYING PRESENT IN THE BIG 12 TITLE RACE
Feb. 12, 2019
This K-State Sports Extra has input from Kamau Stokes after eight consecutive conference wins... the longest string of them since 1973-74.
K-STATE FINDS SECOND-HALF FIGHT IN WIN OVER KU
Feb. 6, 2019
Corbin McGuire's latest K-State Sports Extra focuses on the solid second half. The Cats trailed by three points at halftime. Coach Weber informed them he wanted a four-point margin in the second half. He got 10 points!
INSIDE DIARRA'S WINDMILL DUNK TO SEAL WIN OVER KU
Feb. 6, 2019
At 00:51 in the second half, Cartier Diarra stole a pass. Three seconds later, he delivered a spectacular windmill dunk, improving the Cats' lead to 69-61. Here's the story in the Manhattan Mercury, and a video.
KSU SNAPS SUNFLOWER SHOWDOWN LOSING SKID
Feb. 6, 2019
Ryan Black of the Manhattan Mercury has the main recap of the glorious 74-67 victory over KU MBB. It was our seniors' first victory over the Squawks. Also, enjoy the game highlights video and game recap.
MBB PREPARED FOR BIGGER ATMOSPHERE IN BATTLE WITH KU
Feb. 5, 2019
Here Corbin McGuire has interviews with our Cats on the eve of the home KU MBB game.
Q&A WITH K-STATE MBB LEGEND MIKE EVANS
Jan. 26, 2019
Corbin McGuire has posted a K-State Sports Extra reporting his visit with Hall of Famer Mike Evans during MBB's annual Legends weekend. Mike made quite a first impression on me. As I recall, he recorded 30 points in his first game as a Cat.
DEFENSE 'THE FOUNDATION' IN MBB's FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK
Jan. 21, 2019
Compliments of Corbin McGuire, here's a link to another excellent K-State Sports Extra, focusing on defense, which has become the Cats' key to victory.
BARRY BROWN 'ALWAYS HAD' CLUTCH ABILITY
Jan. 16, 2019
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra looks at this week's Big 12 Player of the Week, Barry Brown, and his winning shots in the Cats' last two games. We're certainly lucky to have him!
BARRY BROWN DELIVERS BIG PLAYS IN MBB's HISTORIC COMEBACK WIN
Jan. 10, 2019
Men's Basketball, on Jan. 9, 2019, updated the all-time record for the most points scored in a comeback victory, as the Cats defeated West Virginia. Barry Brown, Jr. added 29 points to the festivities. Here's Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra.
K-STATE RALLIES FROM 21 DOWN IN SECOND HALF TO EDGE WEST VIRGINIA
Jan. 10, 2019
Arne Green of the Topeka Capital has posted this fine game recap.
CHRIS KLIEMAN'S WEEKLY NDSU PRESS CONFERENCE
Dec. 31, 2018
I was quite impressed with Coach Klieman's demeanor, communication and openness in his press conference, just a few days before NDSU plays for the national championship. (link)
BEST OF 2018 FOR K-STATE ATHLETICS
Dec. 31, 2018
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra has a top ten list of achievements in the various sports in 2018. (link)
CATS ACROSS CONTINENTS 2017 NICARAGUA DOCUMENTARY
Dec. 26, 2018
In recent years, a group of K-State athletes from multiple sports have headed to Central or South America to do a construction project of lasting impact. Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra has the story, and a link to a video documentary. My compliments to the Cats who participated!
BARRY BROWN SETS K-STATE RECORD FOR CAREER STEALS
Dec. 24, 2018
After the Vanderbilt game on Dec. 22, their coach said, "I think that was the best half-court defense that we've faced this year." Along with that, Barry Brown, Jr. passed Jacob Pullen's record for steals (210). Barry came into the season with 189 steals, and obviously there are many games to go. Have a look at Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra.
TURNAROUND: INSIDE THE EARLY YEARS OF BILL SNYDER'S MIRACLE, THROUGH THE EYES OF 3 FORMER PLAYERS
Dec. 23, 2018
I highly recommend this feature in The Manhattan Mercury, by Justin Toscano. (link)
Q&A WITH COACH KLIEMAN
Dec. 21, 2018
K-State's own Brian Smoller has a seven-minute visit with Coach Klieman. They discussed his relationship with Gene Taylor, how he got into coaching and his approach to recruiting. Something of no relevance whatsoever is I noticed that he talks about four times faster than Coach Snyder. Kenny Lannou and Gene Taylor co-star.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, WITH TAYLOR BRAET
Dec. 21, 2018
K-State's Football recruiter, Taylor Braet, stars in this comedy video... a spoof of Home Alone, playing the Kevin McCallister role. (Twitter video) Do not miss it!
MBB READY TO FACE ADVERSITY, SHOWED IT IN WIN OVER GEORGIA STATE
Dec. 17, 2018
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra looks at the injuries, only minutes apart, of Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes, and how MBB plans to respond. Related: Wade Out Due to Injury
FRONT ROW FANS SET STANDARDS FOR CROWD INTENSITY AT MBB GAMES
Dec. 15, 2018
This sounds very familiar to me, as I was in a group doing this in Ahearn, 40 years ago. My group started the tradition of reading newspapers during opposing player introductions, although we didn't tear them into confetti. We also started the tradition of "opening remarks," which 40 years ago were "Who's he?" "Who cares?" "So what?" "You're kidding!" "Big deal." We didn't have cue cards for this, but I printed them on 1/4-sheets to hand out. We also worked with an assistant director of athletics to help manage the non-reserved line, because in those days the line for a specifc game could last up to one week! (Kansas State Collegian)
DALTON RISNER EARNS MULTIPLE ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Dec. 14, 2018
Here's an update from K-State Athletics. (link)
CHRIS KLIEMAN ARRIVES AT K-STATE
Dec. 13, 2018
ASK THE A.D.: NEW COACH CHRIS KLIEMAN
Dec. 11, 2018
Brian Smoller visits with Gene Taylor about the processing of hiring our new coach. (link)
WHO IS GENE TAYLOR?
Dec. 9, 2018
The Manhattan Mercury has two complimentary articles on K-State's A.D.: Who Is Gene Taylor? and Quote Roundup: K-State AD Gene Taylor through the eyes of those he worked alongside.
WILDCAT INSIDER: BILL SNYDER
Dec. 3, 2018
Voice of the Cats Wyatt Thompson and "The Game" host John Kurtz reflect on Bill Snyder for 01:16, looking at his impact on their lives, and K-State, of course. Here's audio of it on Soundcloud.
BILL SNYDER TRIBUTE VIDEO
Dec. 2, 2018
The K-State Alumni Association has commissioned a six-minute YouTube video that looks back at and celebrates Bill Snyder's leadership during the greatest turnaround in college football history.
GENE TAYLOR ON THE GAME RE: THE FUTURE OF K-STATE FOOTBALL
November 26, 2018
Here's Gene's 10-minute visit with John Kurtz. The impression I got was we would learn something in the next few days... maybe by the end of the week. (Soundcloud)
K-STATE MBB TURNS FOCUS TO CHALLENGES AHEAD IN NON-CONFERENCE
Nov. 23, 2018
In Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra, we learn that Coach Weber wants to continue the momentum after the championship of the Paradise Jam. He wants a great non-conference record, and he wants Dean Wade to shoot!
RODNEY McGRUDER: NBA PLAYER WHO WENT FROM ANONYMOUS TO IRREPLACEABLE
Nov. 20, 2018
Rodney McGruder went through not getting drafted, to getting dropped, to Europe, to his status as a key player for the Miami Heat. The basketball world has learned what we at Kansas State knew about him! (link)
STOKES, WADE, BROWN PROUD OF MBB GROWTH / HUNGER FOR MORE
Nov. 9, 2018
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra tells our seniors' combined story, as they got acquainted, and later put together a list of what they want to accomplish in 2018-19.
TOM KEEGAN: COACHING SEARCH THOUGHTS AND A FAREWELL TO LAWRENCE
Nov. 11, 2018
You know I'm never in favor of a KU victory... well, unless they're playing Baylor, I guess, but I wanted to link to Tom Keegan's final column, in his role as sports editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. I've seen him once a week, along with Fitz, on The Drive, which seems to have stopped getting updates to its web site.
From The Drive, I learned that Tom is a real straight-shooter as a reporter, and extremely knowledgeable. He's been a great broadcast partner to Tim Fitzgerald, and I'll miss hearing from him.
WE BET KU WISHES THEY WERE A NIKE® SCHOOL...
Nov. 7, 2018
Area media are keeping us up-to-date with a federal court case in which Adidas® is accused of funneling $$$ to influence basketball recruits to play at certain schools.
• The Kansas City Star: Bill Self's 'aw-shucks' answers about shady Adidas deals won't cut it
• Associated Press: Jury hears closing arguments at college hoops fraud trial
• Topeka Capital-Journal: Defense at hoops trial argues Bill Self, KU knew about illicit payments
• Kansas City Star: How will KU hoops fight potential NCAA violations?
• Lawrence Journal-World: KU could be facing several NCAA code violations
• Lawrence Journal-World: KU Can't Quit Adidas
This article includes 25 links to coverage of this subject by the Lawrence Journal-World.
• Sports Illustrated: Bill Self Should Be Suspended if KU Is Serious About Following the Rules
• 610 Sports: Bill Self's Press Conference "An Absolute Waste of Time"
• The Associated Press: Self denies ever offering improper benefits
• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: KU coach Self benches player, denies wrongdoing
• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Guilty verdicts expose NCAA corruption, despite Self denials
• Yahoo Sports: Feds give NCAA go-ahead to begin investigating schools
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM DALTON RISNER
Nov. 6, 2018
BARRY BROWN, JR's MANNEQUIN PRANK
Oct. 31, 2018
Don't miss this fun video.
WEBER'S IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY STANDS OUT MORE THAN EVER
Oct. 24, 2018
Vahe Gregorian in has posted an extremely complimentary story in The Kansas City Star about Bruce Weber's national reputation for doing things the right way.
PHIL JACKSON HELPS CELEBRATE TEX WINTER'S LIFE
Oct. 21, 2018
Coach Jackson did a fine job of recalling Tex's Hall of Fame career, and his character as a man. I'm sure everyone present greatly appreciated having him with us. (Kansas City Star)
DEAN WADE READY TO PUT INJURY BEHIND HIM
Oct. 19, 2018
Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra has an informative look at Dean's recovery from the foot injury, and aspects of the game he's been working on during the off season.
RODNEY RETURNING TO FULL STRENGTH IN HIS THIRD NBA SEASON
Oct. 15, 2018
The great Rodney McGruder is with the Miami Heat, but was unable to play most of last season, because of a stress fracture. In the latest K-State Sports Extra, we catch up with him, and learn how he has stayed involved with K-State Men's Basketball.
TEX WINTER PASSES AWAY AT 96
Oct. 10, 2018
K-Staters far and wide mourn the passing today of legendary Men's Basketball coach Tex Winter. He coached the cats for 15 seasons, to 1968, and was an assistant with the Bulls and Lakers until his mid 80s. Here's the announcement of his passing from Athletics, and a link to his Wikipedia page. Here's an excellent tribute to Tex by ESPN. K-Staters are very proud to have Tex as a major part of our basketball history.
MITCH HOLTHUS AT 400: CHIEFS KINGDOM VOICE FOR A QUARTER CENTURY
Oct. 5, 2018
OK... Mitch isn't 400. He's 61. He's called 400 Chiefs games, however. Here's a must-read profile in the Kansas City Star on Mitch, a K-State Hall-of-Famer (inducted in 2016), and Voice of the Wildcats from 1983 to 1996... but you knew that!
BRUCE WEBER, K-STATE NOT BACKING DOWN FROM LOFTY EXPECTATIONS
Sep. 26, 2018
Here's an encouraging story and video from Kellis Robinett for The Wichita Eagle!
DAVID HALL MAINTAINS STRONG CONNECTION TO ALMA MATER
Sep. 11, 2018
David Hall is going in K-State's Hall of Fame at the end of this month. Today he's the subject of Corbin McGuire's latest K-State Sports Extra. I remember distinctly being in the Ahearn crowd on January 25, 1971, when he set the record of 27 (which still stands) of Most Rebounds in a Game, as we played Oklahoma.
LIVING THE DREAM: Q & A WITH K-STATE GREAT STEVE HENSON
July 8, 2018
You're sure to enjoy this in-depth article in The Manhattan Mercury, by Jeff Chapman. (link)
K-STATE THE LAUNCHING PAD FOR CHRIS MERRIEWETHER
June 20, 2018
Chris has graduated from The Wharton School of Business with an MBA, and now will begin his chosen career. I knew him throughout his K-State years. He is a true gentleman, and was always a hard worker. Here's Corbin McGuire's K-State Sports Extra.
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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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) (K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State 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.
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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