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Introducing K-State
By John Antonik
June 22, 2012 09:00 AM

Kansas State was recently recognized for running the most profitable athletic department in the country. The Wildcats, under athletic director John Currie, were able to generate a net income of about $23 million and an overall surplus of more than $20 million.

Not coincidentally, the Wildcats were also successful on the field as well. Football coach Bill Snyder, now in his second tenure with K-State after leading the Wildcats to unprecedented success from 1989-2005, had Kansas State back among the nation’s elite with a 10-3 record that included a No. 8 ranking in the final BCS standings and the school’s first trip to the Cotton Bowl since 2001. Snyder has accumulated a 159-81-1 record during his tenure at Kansas State, including a plus-25 game mark in the Big 12. Before Snyder took over the program for the ’89 season, the Wildcats were in the midst of a 27-game winless streak.

Kansas State men’s basketball has also enjoyed great success under Bob Huggins protégé Frank Martin, who guided the Wildcats to NCAA tournament trips in four of his five seasons there before moving on to South Carolina. Under Martin, Kansas State was one of only nine programs in the country to reach the NCAA tournament round of 32 in four out of the last five years.

Bruce Weber, who led Illinois to the national championship game in 2005, looks to continue that trend. Weber has compiled a 313-155 record in 14 seasons as a head coach, including making eight trips to the NCAA tournament at Southern Illinois a
Kansas State is the oldest public university in the state of Kansas and was founded during the Civil War in 1863 as part of the Morrill Act.
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nd Illinois. Weber is currently 28th among active NCAA coaches with a .669 winning percentage.

Like men’s basketball, the K-State women’s program has also enjoyed considerable success under veteran coach Deb Patterson. Last year, Patterson led the Wildcats to a 20-14 record and another trip to the NCAA tournament where they lost in the second round to Connecticut.

Patterson has twice been named Big 12 coach of the year in 2002 and 2008 and owns a career 302-175 record. Patterson has led Kansas State to nine NCAA tournament appearances and seven of her former players have gone on to play in the WNBA.


Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Population: 52,000
Founded: 1863
Enrollment: 23,588
Nickname: Wildcats
Colors: Royal Purple
President: Kirk Schulz
Athletic Director: John Currie
Website: http://www.kstatesports.com

2011 Football Record: 10-3 (Cotton Bowl)
2011-12 Men’s Basketball: 22-11 (NCAA)
2011-12 Women’s Basketball: 20-14 (NCAA)



Pro Football Hall of Fame: None

Kansas State Bowl Game History
2012, Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas (L)
2010, Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse (L)
2006, Texas Bowl vs. Rutgers (L)
2004, Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (L)
2002, Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State (W)
2001, Insight.com Bowl vs. Syracuse (L)
2001, Cotton Bowl vs. Tennessee (W)
1999, Holiday Bowl vs. Washington (W)
1998, Alamo Bowl vs. Purdue (L)
1997, Fiesta Bowl vs. Syracuse (W)
1997, Cotton Bowl vs. BYU (L)
1995, Holiday Bowl vs. Colorado State (W)
1994, Aloha Bowl vs. Boston College (L)
1993, Copper Bowl vs. Wyoming (W)
1982, Independence Bowl vs. Wisconsin (L)

NFL First-Round Draft Picks
2009, Josh Freeman, QB (Tampa Bay)
2003, Terence Newman, CB (Dallas)
1997, Chris Canty, DB (New England)
1971, Clarence Scott, DB (Cleveland)
1954, Veryl Switzer, RB (Green Bay)

Men’s Basketball:

Naismith Hall of Fame: Jack Gardner

Kansas State NCAA Tournament History
2010, Elite Eight
1988, Elite Eight
1982, Sweet 16
1981, Elite Eight
1977, Sweet 16
1975, Elite Eight
1973, Elite Eight
1972, Elite Eight
1970, Sweet 16
1968, Sweet 16
1964, NCAA Final Four
1961, Elite Eight
1959, Elite Eight
1958, NCAA Final Four
1956, Sweet 16
1951, NCAA Finals
1948, NCAA Final Four

NBA First-Round Draft Picks
2008, Michael Beasley (Miami)
1988, Mitch Richmond (Golden State)
1981, Rolando Blackman (Dallas)
1978, Mike Evans (Denver)
1976, Chuckie Williams (Cleveland)
1959, Bob Boozer (Cincinnati) *
1951, Ernie Barrett (Boston)
1949, Howie Shannon (Providence)

* No. 1 overall player selected

Women’s Basketball:

Naismith Hall of Fame: None

Kansas State NCAA Tournament History
2002, Sweet 16
1984, Sweet 16
1983, Sweet 16
1982, Elite Eight

WNBA First-Round Draft Picks
2005, Kendra Wecker (San Antonio)
2004, Nichole Ohlde (Minnesota)
2000, Olga Firsova (New York)


Popular Attractions: Fort Riley, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Konza Prairie, Sunset Zoo, Beach Museum, Aggieville

Popular Restaurants: Harry’s Restaurant, The Chef Café, Little Apple Brewery, Coco Bolos

Lodging: Holiday Inn, Clarion Hotel, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn


Football: 1-1 (Last meeting 1931, K-State 19-0)
Men’s Basketball: 1-1 (Last meeting, WVU 85-80)
Women’s Basketball: First meeting

KANSAS STATE-WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS: Two-time Kansas State consensus All-American forward Bob Boozer and West Virginia University great Jerry West were members of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that won a Gold medal at the 1960 Games in Rome. That U.S. team won all eight games by an average margin of 42.4 points per game.

DID YOU KNOW?: Kansas State is the oldest public university in the state of Kansas and was founded during the Civil War in 1863 as part of the Morrill Act. Since 1986, Kansas State ranks first nationally among state universities in its total of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars with 124 recipients.


Michael Fragale, Julie Brown, Chris Ostien and Alyssa Casalino also contributed to this report

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