K-State heading to the Texas Bowl

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Kansas State football knows its bowl destination now.

The Wildcats will face Texas A&M in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Dec. 28 in Houston. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

Head coach Bill Snyder is “honored” to have his team participate in the bowl game.

“We all enjoy these opportunities,” Snyder said. ““Texas A&M is an extremely talented football team.”

After beating TCU 30-6 on Saturday, K-State finished its season 8-4 and in fourth place in the Big 12 with a 6-3 conference record. Texas A&M ended the regular season with an 8-4 record and in fourth place in the SEC West with a 4-4 mark. The Aggies ended the regular season with a 54-39 loss to LSU on Nov. 24.

Snyder was happy with the way his team finished out the season after starting out with a 3-3 record.

“I’m proud of the young people in our program and the coaches of making a commitment to our program,” Snyder said. “At the end of the day, we have gotten better on a regular basis.”

A lot of that is because of the run game. In the last six games of the regular season, K-State averaged just over 290 yards on the ground per game. Much of that is because of the performances of the running backs along with quarterback Jesse Ertz, but Snyder said it wouldn’t have been possible without the offensive line.

“I’ve been very proud of the O-line and what they’ve been able to do,” he said. “You don’t run the ball well f the O-line doesn’t execute.”

K-State last faced Texas A&M in 2011 and won, 53-50, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Aggies have an 8-7 advantage all-time over the Wildcats.

Snyder said he hasn’t gotten a chance yet to do any research on this year’s Texas A&M team.

“I don’t follow anybody except for K-State and anyone that happens to be on their schedule,” Snyder said.

K-State previously appeared in the inaugural Texas Bowl in 2006 and lost to Rutgers, 36-10. Snyder attended the game as a fan with his family but doesn’t remember any specifics.

He said a win in the bowl game would be positive for both K-State and the Big 12.

“I’ve always said the Big 12 Conference from top to bottom, in my eyes, is in the upper echelon of conferences,” Snyder said.

The Wildcats will take much of the week of before starting bowl preparation on Friday. Snyder expects injured players Matthew McCrane, Duke Shelley and Alex Barnes to be able to play in the bowl.

Mascot’s fate rests with 7 on board

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After almost a year of hearing opinions on the use of Manhattan High School’s Indian mascot, the seven Manhattan- Ogden board members will be tasked with making a decision on its future.

The board held a five-and a- half hour public forum Wednesday to hear arguments from both sides of the issue and the opinion of students. During its next meeting on Dec. 7, the members will make a decision on the issue for the first time since 2001 when the board voted 4-3 to keep the mascot.

On Saturday, current board members either declined to comment or didn’t respond to requests for comment about how they will vote on the issue.

Marcia Rozell, board president, was the only one who spoke on the issue.

“(I’m) still processing the public input,” she said.

While MHS and district administrators have not weighed in on the issue, principal Greg Hoyt told the board he will support the board’s decision either way.

The following seven people will decide the fate of the mascot.

Dave Colburn is the longest serving member on the board. He was elected in 2003, two years after the Manhattan-Ogden school board last considered changing the MHS mascot.

Colburn serves as the manager for The Pathfinder, where he’s worked for almost 38 years. He’s currently taking time off from his job to assists his father, who is battling cancer.

Colburn is the father of three daughters who attended USD 383 schools. His youngest, Lily, is a junior at MHS and spoke in favor of changing the mascot during Wednesday’s public forum.

Curt Herrman has served on the board since 2007. He works as an IT director for Community First National Bank.

Herrman is the father of two children who attended USD 383 schools.

Darell Edie has served on the board since 2011. He currently works as a financial controller for Central National Bank. He previously worked as controller for Geary Community Hospital. Edie had one child who attended USD 383 schools.

Leah Fliter was elected to the board in 2011. She currently works as an advocacy and outreach specialist for the Kansas Association of School Boards. Fliter previously worked for the Manhattan Mercury as a reporter.

Fliter has two children who attended USD 383 schools, one graduated in 2012 and the other is currently a senior.

Pat Hudgins was elected to the board in 2013. Hudgins works as the director of operations for student publications at K-State. Hudgins is the mother of three children who attended USD 383 schools.

Aaron Estabrook has served on the board since he was elected in 2013. He currently works as the executive director of Save Kansas Coalition, a non-partisan group aiming to “abolish extremism in Kansas government.”

He is the father of three children, two of whom are currently students in the USD 383 school district. Marcia Rozell has served on the board since she was elected in 2013. She is currently the president of the board and works as the tourism and sales manager for Visit Manhattan, a division of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rozell said she previously worked for USD 383 as a para-educator from 2000-2008, taking a sabbatical in 2004-05. She is the mother of two children who attended USD 383 schools K-12. Both are currently in college.

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