John Currie spoke to the press recently regarding the state of K-State athletics (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal). Noting that a good foundation has been laid in terms of funding and infrastructure, Currie expressed disappointment at finishing eighth in both football and basektball:
Clearly, I don’t like finishing eighth in football and eighth in basketball. No K-Stater likes that and no coach does, but it’s a tough league and there are going to be years when you’re not at the top of the heap.
Currie also noted that improvements to the soccer and baseball fields are his top priorities for the coming year.
Bill Snyder may have been late to the Twitter party, but he's pretty much mastered the art of tweeting, as noted by Joel Jellison of the Manhattan Mercury. For a man who didn't know what texting was just seven short years ago, that's quite the leap. That should take care of any negative recruiting tied to Snyder's age, if nothing else.
Remember Kaiden Schroeder? He's the McPherson kid that formed a special connection with Ryan Mueller and ran for a touchdown in the spring game two years ago. Yesterday, the town held a special fundraiser for little Kaiden to help with his ongoing battle with cancer (Josh Arnett, McPherson Sentinel). It was titled a Royal Day for Kaiden, and included baseball themed activities, a homerun derby, and yes, an appearance by Mueller himself. Check out these pictures on Mueller's instagram.
The Sunflower Showdown is off to an inauspicious start, with Kansas State dropping the first game to Kansas 4-1 yesterday in Manhattan. The BatCats had a Tyler Moore run and bases loaded in the first inning, but Kansas starter Ben Krauth came on strong and that was the end of the Wildcats' scoring for the day. Parker Rigler let two Jayhawk batters lead off to safety, ultimately leading to his sixth loss of the season. But he did strike out six batters and now leads the team with 67 strikeouts on the season.
The second game of the series will start tonight at 6:35 PM, with Levi MaVorhis taking the mound for the BatCats.
The Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships are underway in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas State had a good showing on the first day, earning enough points through various field events and the start of the multi events to finish the day in third place for the men's and women's teams. Sara Savatovic finished second in the hammer throw event and was joined in second place by teammate Tyler Merkley for the men's event.
Competition continues today, and you can follow the action live by tracking the #KStateTF hashtag on Twitter, or follow live HERE.