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On May 29, Cat fans were relieved, although admittedly selfishly, when they learned that Xavier Sneed had withdrawn from the NBA draft.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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
March 2019

BIG 12 MBB TOURNAMENT MEDIA: ISU GAME
Mar. 16, 2019

BIG 12 MBB TOURNAMENT MEDIA: TCU GAME
Mar. 14, 2019

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Sports Extra. Go Cats!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRENNAN, MOUNT EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Mar. 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SNEED FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Dec. 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATS BOWL BOUND!
Nov. 19, 2016

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

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

Bowl games and opponents will be announced on December 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATCH UP WITH JACOB PULLEN
Oct. 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

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

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

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

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

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

    JORDY NELSON'S STORY
    January 15, 2016

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

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