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Balanced Budgets and Record Giving

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Plus D.J. Reed building on last season, and smart students

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Previously

Bracketcat continues our march with a guy who had a surprising impact during his freshman campaign, DE #44 Kyle Ball.

Athletics

Thanks to a record in annual giving, K-State athletics again achieved a balanced budget and produced a surplus for the eighth straight year. In response, K-State AD Gene Taylor announced that the budget for the 2017-18 year would increase by approximately $700,000 to $73.4 million. For the third straight year, this budget includes no support from university tuition or state tax dollars; and even includes an increase in the amount K-State Athletics is paying the university for administrative support.

Football

D.J. Reed might have been the surprise of the defense in 2016, but he’s not done yet and is ready to build on his productive first campaign in Manhattan (Corbitt, Cap-Journal). Bill Snyder is even “impressed” with Reed’s commitment to improving.

Golf

K-State men’s golfer Jacob Eklund had a successful first season on the links as a Wildcat. So much so that his hometown newspaper did a story on the sophomore-to-be who led the Wildcats with a 73.42 stroke average last season (Byron Hetzler, The Southern).

Other

Our Aggies are smarter than yours. Well, smarter than all but one anyway as a team of K-State animal sciences and industry students won Reserve National Champion honors at the 2017 National Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon early last week in Baltimore. The team had previously won the Midwest regional back in march, and faced the other regional champs, including fellow Big 12 school Texas Tech, the Southern regional champ, in the finals. Penn State, the Northeast region champ, was the national champion.