The long summer grind continues with 75 days remaining until Kansas State football's home opener vs. South Dakota on Sept. 5. BracketCat and I are here to help with a rare summer edition of Bring on the Podcast, featuring a very special guest. We were joined last Friday for a long conversation with K-State's Director of Video Services, Brian Smoller, whose voice you've probably heard announcing women's basketball, baseball and volleyball.
He shared some of his excitement for the new Vanier Sports Complex, which will put the facilities for Wildcat football on par with its peers and provide Bill Snyder some additional recruiting help to supplement his remarkably effective wizardry. A massive new strength training room, a first-class academic learning center to consolidate student-athlete assistance and a cutting edge hydrotherapy center are only some of the highlights for a building that will have the added bonus of closing off the North endzone to make KSU Stadium even louder on game days. You can see more photos, renderings, construction webcams, and a new video tour with athletic director John Currie at kstatesports.com.
Speaking of cutting edge technology, Brian spoke to K-State's continued efforts to stay ahead of the curve and meet nearly unmatched demand for video of live Wildcat sporting events, coaches shows and more via kstatehd.tv. The upcoming launch of a new site via Sportslabs should greatly enhance the user experience as the video department and its stars such as Preston Koerner, creator of most of those amazing pregame hype videos for football and men's basketball, continue to churn out content.
Finally, we spent some time talking about the launch of women's soccer in 2016, positive momentum for coach Jeff Mittie's women's basketball program, and why K-State football could be in the perfect position to surprise people (again) in 2015.
A huge thanks to Brian Smoller for coming on, and trust us, if you enjoy Wildcat athletics, this podcast will be well worth your time.
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