The Kansas Wildcats play for the Kansas State University. It represents the university in the North Division of the big 12 Conference and is classified under Division I of the NCAA. The team is also widely known as Kansas State, KSU or K-State. The Wildcats started playing football in 1893 during a Thanksgiving Day game against St. Mary’s Academy which they won 18-10. The home stadium of the wildcats is the Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas which has a capacity of 52,200. Bill Snyder was one of the coaches of the KSU. During his time, the Wildcats had 11 seasons won including an eleven consecutive bowl game appearances. Its current coach is Ron Prince. However, he announced in November 2008 that he will no longer coach the Wildcats next season. The teams major rival is the Kansas Jaywalks. KSU’s official mascot is Willie the Wildcat. Their all time record is 452-596-41 (.431).
Championships and Important Moments:
Kansas State won its first conference football championship in 1934. The New York Times called KSU “an established Middle Western leader” also in 1934. The Kansas State Wildcats competed in 13 bowl games. They had an 11 bowl appearance streak that lasted from 1993 to 2003. Wildcats players and coach won various awards such as the Lou Groza Award in 1997, the Jim Thrope Award in 2002, the Boddy Dodd Coach of the Year Awards in 1998, the Davey O’Brien Award in 1998, three Heisman Trophies in 1970, 1998 and 2003. Twenty two former Wildcats are now NFL players.
Quarterbacks in the current Roster:
— Josh Freeman – Tysyn Hartman – Bobby Hauver – Joseph Kassanavoid – Collin Klein – Carson Coffman – Trey Scott — Milton McPeek —
Kansas State Wildcats Recent News:
The team is currently on the look-out for a new coach. Ron Prince’s three-year reign ends on November 22. Many fans are blaming him for Wildcats’ losing streak. The coaching job is believed to go to Bill Snyder if he wants it. Kansas is said to desire a coach with Bowl experience and wants to hire as soon as possible. However, money might be an issue. There is still the matter of paying off Prince $1.3 to buy him out of the raise and extension given to him just last summer.
On the positive side, the November 15 loss against Nebraska Cornhuskers showed the abilities of the specials teams and the defense to score touchdowns off returns. They hope to sustain it by next season. On the players, Josh Freeman suffered a mild concussion during the Nebraska game. No further information however, was divulged by coach Prince. Questions on the future of some players, particularly Brandon Banks are being asked. Would he stay with the team now that Prince, who signed him, is leaving. Banks said that his stay will depend on the new coach that will be hired by the Kansas State.
Next game for Kansas Wildcats is on November 22, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. Against Iowa State. The venue of the game is the Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. The Kansas Athletics Ticket Office is located at the south end of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, which is attached to Allen Fieldhouse. Fans will have the chance to see the Wildcats take on the Iowa State.