Jon Wefald spent 23 years as Kansas State University president, a time a tremendous growth in the football program and in college sports. Wefald devotes two chapters of his book, The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009, to athletics on campus and the Big 12 Conference.
Mike Dibbini has spent the past 18 months building the K-State women’s soccer program from scratch. The team is eager to play this fall. The Wildcats will play 16 games in their debut season and embark on a full Big 12 slate in 2017.
The Kansas State men’s basketball team will play Washington State at Kansas City’s Sprint Center next season. The game is scheduled for Dec. 10. A tip time will be announced later. It will mark the 11th consecutive season in which the Wildcats play a basketball game in Kansas City.
Former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill has been hired as an associate athletic director at Kansas State, a job that will allow him to work with both athletic director John Currie and football coach Bill Snyder.
Morgan Burns’ professional football career ended Tuesday before it truly got started. Burns, a former standout at Kansas State and Wichita’s Trinity Academy, has decided to retire from football and pursue a career in ministry.
The last time Akela Jones competed at a Big 12 track and field championship, she won titles in the long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles. Understandably, she wants even more at the conference’s outdoor championships beginning Friday in Fort Worth.
If the Kansas State baseball team wins its final home series, a three-game set with the Kansas Jayhawks, its odds of participating in the eight-team conference tournament improve dramatically. A series loss could drop the Wildcats to the bottom of the league standings and out of the postseason.
Former K-State basketball player Rodney McGruder is coming off a breakthrough season in which he helped the Sioux Falls Skyforce win a NBA Development League championship. His versatility as a skilled three-point shooter and lock-down defender should make him one of the most watched up-and-comers in the NBA summer league.
Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie has signed a new six-year contract that adds three years to his current deal and runs through the 2021-22 season, the school announced Tuesday. Overall, his new six-year contract is worth $3.56 million, plus performance bonuses.
K-State kick returner Morgan Burns could be selected in the late rounds of the NFL Draft. Burns has heard from a handful of teams and visited the Green Bay Packers. Teams have asked Burns if he would be open to playing running back.
Kansas State athletic director John Currie received a two-year contract extension through 2022. Currie’s salary remains unchanged, but retention bonuses were added. K-State has completed $210 million worth of stadium and facility upgrades under Currie, who may also get the opportunity to choose football coach Bill Snyder’s replacement.
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