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Kansas #12, Creighton #24 In Latest NCAA Basketball Coaches Poll

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Creighton Bluejays are in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 NCAA Basketball poll this week.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (28) 10-0 746
2 Ohio State (2) 8-1 671
3 Kentucky 8-1 665
4 Louisville 9-0 658
5 Duke 9-1 618
6 North Carolina 8-2 608
7 Baylor 7-0 539
8 Missouri 9-0 512
9 Xavier 8-0 503
10 Connecticut 8-1 485
11 Marquette 9-0 466
12 Kansas 7-2 441
13 Florida 7-2 418
14 Pittsburgh 9-1 356
15 Wisconsin 8-2 317
16 Mississippi State 9-1 251
17 Georgetown 8-1 246
18 Michigan 7-2 185
19 Illinois 10-0 182
20 Indiana 9-0 171
21 Alabama 8-2 143
22 Texas A&M 8-1 108
23 Michigan State 8-2 107
24 Creighton 7-1 54
25 Vanderbilt 6-3 51
  • Others receiving votes: Harvard 43, Murray State 42, California 29, Memphis 27, San Diego State 26, Purdue 14, Gonzaga 13, Virginia 12, UNLV 9, Saint Louis 9, Saint Mary’s 5, Stanford 5, Saint Joseph’s 5, Oklahoma 4, Northern Iowa 3, Northwestern 3
  • Dropped from rankings: Memphis 20, Gonzaga 22, Harvard 24

Kansas City Chiefs Terminate Head Coach Todd Haley Effective Immediately

The Kansas City Chiefs today announced that Todd Haley has been relieved of his duties as head coach effective immediately.

“This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs,” Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd’s contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future.”

The Chiefs were 19-27 during Haley’s tenure with the club and claimed the AFC West Division Championship in 2010.

“Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions,” Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli said. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time.”

The Chiefs will hold a news conference to discuss the announcement later today.

For More log onto http://www.kcchiefs.com

Area High School Basketball Scores – Dec. 9

Twin Valley League Boys
Baileyville B&B 52, Wetmore 41
Centralia 63, Clifton-Clyde 25
Frankfort 66, Washington Co. 41
Linn 67, Axtell 38
Onaga 48, Mission Valley 34
Valley Heights 45, Wabaunsee 42

Twin Valley League Girls
Centralia 47, Clifton-Clyde 19
Linn 36, Axtell 25
Mission Valley 35, Onaga 30
Wabaunsee 58, Valley Heights 38
Washington Co. 67, Frankfort 22
Wetmore 51, Baileyville B&B 34

North Central Kansas League Boys
Concordia 59, Smoky Valley 51
Marysville 60, Clay Center 48

North Central Kansas League Girls
Marysville 38, Clay Center 35
Smoky Valley 39, Concordia 36

Nebraska Schools – Boys
Beatrice 76, Crete 39
Sterling 42, Diller-Odell 33
Tri-County 51, Southern 49

Nebraska Schools – Girls
Beatrice 41, Crete 32
Diller-Odell 38, Sterling 35
Tri-County 64, Southern 35

 

KSU Falls In Double Overtime Thriller In Wichita To West Virginia

Courtesy of K-State Sports Information at www.kstatesports.com

WICHITA, Kan.– Rodney McGruder led Kansas State with 20 points, while freshman Thomas Gipson recorded his second double-double of the season, but Kansas State suffered its first defeat of the season in an 85-80 double-overtime thriller against West Virginia at a sold-out INTRUST Bank Arena.

The loss, which pitted Wildcat head coach Frank Martin against his long-time mentor and friend Bob Huggins for the first time since he took over the West Virginia program, moved K-State to 5-1 on the season, while the Mountaineers improved to 5-2.

After a back-and-forth game, which saw nine lead changes and 17 ties, the Mountaineers were able to seal the game with a 7-2 run in the second overtime. Kevin Jones led West Virginia with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. Six of his points were scored in the two overtimes combined. In addition to McGruder’s 20 points, Will Spradling added 16 points, while Gipson had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

K-State led by as many as seven points in the first half and held on to a slim 31-30 halftime lead. McGruder and Spradling had eight points apiece in the first period. The Wildcats opened the game with a 9-2 run highlighted by a Spradling three-pointer. West Virginia then used a 13-4 run to take a 13-15 lead. K-State and West Virginia would continue to trade baskets throughout the half.

At the start of the second half, the Wildcats started on a 10-4 run to extend its lead to 41-34. K-State led for the majority of the second half until the Mountaineers tied the game for the first time in the period at 54-54 off of a Gary Browne layup. In the closing seconds K-State took a 64-61 with 22 seconds remaining after a Gipson layup. Jones then knocked down a crucial game-tying three-pointer with 14 seconds left. K-State had one more chance to win it in regulation but McGruder’s last-second attempt came up short.

In the first overtime, both teams would continue to trade baskets. A Darryl Bryant free-throw gave the Mountaineers a two point lead with 20 seconds left, but a McGruder jumper tied it up at 74. Bryant missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to a second overtime.

West Virginia would then take command in the second extra period to seal the win. Despite tying the game twice in the second overtime, K-State missed its final five shots after tying the game at 80. A Jones jumper gave the visitors the lead for good as they scored the game’s final five points.

K-State returns to action on December 11 as it faces North Florida in Bramlage at 1 p.m. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Midwest.

KU to Introduce Charlie Weis as Football Coach

Courtesy of KU Sports Information at www.kuathletics.com

Charlie Weis, a 33-year veteran of coaching, including 16 in the National Football League and five as the head coach at Notre Dame, has been hired as the 37th head football coach at the University of Kansas. Weis, former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, former Notre Dame head coach and current offensive coordinator at the University of Florida, will be introduced as the Jayhawks new football coach at a press conference Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., in Mrkonic Auditorium at the Anderson Family Football Facility.

Weis spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Florida. Prior to that, he was the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2010, where he helped guide the team to its first playoff berth since 2006.

Weis previously served as offensive coordinator for the NFL’s New England Patriots (2000-04) and N.Y. Jets (1998-99). He has coached in five Super Bowls, owns four Super Bowl rings and has played an integral role for teams that have appeared in six AFC Championship Games.

Weis was instrumental in the development of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who entered the league as a sixth-round pick in 2000 and who has since become a two-time Super Bowl MVP and five-time Pro Bowl performer.

During the 2010 NFL season, he helped the Chiefs win an AFC West title; that season Kansas City reached 10 wins for the first time since 2005.

As head coach at Notre Dame, Weis tallied a 35-27 record, including 19 wins in his first two seasons, the most in a two-year period for the Fighting Irish since 1992-93. Under Weis’ guidance, Notre Dame reached BCS Bowl Games in back-to-back seasons, earning a Fiesta Bowl bid in 2005 and a trip to the Sugar Bowl in 2006.

Weis demonstrated his ability to tutor quarterbacks with the Fighting Irish as well. Brady Quinn (3,919 yards in 2005) and Jimmy Clausen (3,722 yards in 2009) put up the two most prolific passing seasons in Notre Dame history. Wide receiver Golden Tate also established eye-popping numbers under Weis, setting a Notre Dame record with 2,707 career receiving yards and taking home the 2009 Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in the country. Tate also set single-season school records in 2009, with 93 receptions and 1,496 yards and a school record-tying 15 touchdown grabs.

During Weis’ five-year stay with the Patriots from 2000-04, the club won three Super Bowls in a four-year span, only the second team in NFL history to accomplish that feat. New England was 53-27 (.663) during Weis’ five-year tenure and had a 9-0 playoff record.

Over Tom Brady’s first four seasons as a starter in the NFL (2001-04), he ranked fourth in the NFL with 97 passing touchdowns and earned Super Bowl MVP honors in two of New England’s three championship victories, while wide receiver Deion Branch earned the other. The Patriots produced two straight 14-2 seasons in 2003-04, each capped by winning the Super Bowl. New England rushed for 2,134 yards in 2004, the team’s highest total since 1985.

In 2001, Weis’ second season as New England’s offensive coordinator, he added the responsibility of quarterbacks coach. Weis filled both roles for New England in both the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

From 1997-99, the Trenton, N.J., native spent three seasons on staff with the N.Y. Jets, working under head coach Bill Parcells. Weis came on staff as the wide receivers coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1998. That season, the Jets advanced the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1982.

In Weis’ first stint with the Patriots, he helped the club earn its second AFC Championship in team history, reaching the Super Bowl following the 1996 season. Over the four years of his first tour with New England, Weis coached tight ends (1993-94), running backs (1995) and wide receivers (1996), helping players like Ben Coates, Curtis Martin and Terry Glenn emerge as playmakers.

Weis first broke into the NFL as an assistant on Parcells’ N.Y. Giants staff from 1990-92, as a defensive/special teams assistant in 1990 and as running backs coach in 1991-92. In his first season with the team, the Giants won the Super Bowl. He then helped Rodney Hampton to a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Weis spent time working in the Giants’ pro personnel department in 1989 before joining the team on a full-time basis. While doing that, he served as head coach at Township (N.J.) High School and led the team to the state championship.

From 1985-88, Weis worked as an assistant at South Carolina. He began his coaching career at Boonton (N.J.) High School in 1979 before serving five seasons at Morristown (N.J.) High School (1980-84).

In 2003, Weis and his wife Maura created the Hannah & Friends Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. The foundation funds Hannah’s Helping Hands, which provides quality-of-life grants to families across the country who care for children and adults with special needs. The Weis family opened the Hannah and Friends Neighborhood, a 40-acre facility north of South Bend, Ind., that provides much-needed housing and care services for adults with special needs.

In the spring of 2008, Weis traveled to the Middle East as part of a contingent of college football coaches who were visiting military personnel stationed in the region.

Coaching Experience

1979 – Boonton H.S. (NJ) Assistant

1980-84 – Morristown H.S. (NJ) Assistant

1985-88 – South Carolina Graduate Assistant/Def. Backs (1985)

– Graduate Assistant/Linebackers (1986)

– Volunteer/Defensive Ends (1987)

– Asst. Recruiting Coordinator (1988)

1989 – Franklin Township H.S. (NJ) Head Coach

1990-92 – N.Y. Giants Def. Assistant/Asst. Special Teams (1990)

– Running Backs (1991-92)

1993-96 New England Patriots Tight Ends (1993-94)

– Running Backs (1995)

– Wide Receivers (1996)

1997-99 – N.Y. Jets Wide Receivers (1997)

– Offensive Coord./Wide Receivers (1998)

– Offensive Coordinator (1999)

2000-04 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator (2000)

– Offensive Coord./Quarterbacks (2001-02)

– Offensive Coordinator (2003-04)

2005-09 – Notre Dame Head Coach

2010 – Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2011 – Florida Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

 Personal Information:

Birthdate: May 30, 1956

Hometown: Trenton, N.J.

Education: 1978 – Bachelor’s Degree from Notre Dame;

1989 – Master’s Degree from South Carolina

Family: Wife – Maura and children Charles Joseph (17) and Hannah Margaret (15)

*UPDATED* Area High School Basketball Scores – Dec. 6

North Central Kansas League Boys
Abilene 72, Council Grove 45
Beatrice, NE 75, Marysville 32
Beloit 52, Clay Center 48
Chapman 73, Rossville 53
Concordia 55, Republic Co. 53
Nemaha Valley 43, Wamego 29

North Central Kansas League Girls
Abilene 61, Council Grove 58
Beatrice, NE 44, Marysville 38
Clay Center 45, Beloit 41
Republic Co. 55, Concordia 37
Rossville 53, Chapman 44
Wamego 55, Nemaha Valley 46

Twin Valley League Boys
Baileyville B&B 45, Washington Co. 34
Bern 63, Valley Heights 51
Falls City, NE (Sacred Heart) 51, Wetmore 23
Hanover 66, Axtell 43
Linn 57, Frankfort 39
Onaga 44, St. Mary’s 41

Twin Valley League Girls
Frankfort 40, Linn 27
Hanover 55, Axtell 15
Onaga vs. St. Mary’s (No Report)
Valley Heights 72, Bern 23
Washington Co. 57, Baileyville B&B 37
Wetmore 43, Falls City, NE (Sacred Heart) 32

Nebraska Schools – Boys
Beatrice 75, Marysville, KS 32
Diller-Odell 42, Dorchester 23
Johnson Co. Central 45, Southern 26

Nebraska Schools – Girls
Beatrice 44, Marysville, KS 38
Diller-Odell 38, Dorchester 36
Johnson Co. Central 40, Southern 32
Tri-County 59, Pawnee City 33

Twin Valley League All-League 8-Man Football

First Team
Offense

QB – Eric Heurter – 12 – B & B
RB – Cody Heiman – 12 – B & B
RB – Ethan Diederich – 12 – Hanover
TE – Matt Engelken – 12 – B & B
TE – Jonathan Keating – 12 – Frankfort
OL – Curtis Stallbaumer – 11 – B & B
OL – Jacob Broxterman – 12 – Frankfort
OL – Eli Shepard – 12 – Blue Valley
At-Large – Jacob Bott – 12 – Linn

First Team
Defense

DL – Aaron Schmelzle – 11 – Axtell
DL – Lucas Sudbeck – 12 – B & B
DL – Jacob Broxterman – 12 – Frankfort
LB – Ethan Diederich – 12 – Hanover
LB – Brett Fahey – 12 – Clifton-Clyde
LB – Cody Heiman – 12 – B & B
DB – Zak Voelker – 11 – Linn
DB – Brent Bruna – 12 – Hanover
Punter – Reid Blackburn – 12 – Hanover
Kicker – Cody Heiman – 12 – B & B

Second Team
Offense

QB – Jason Drouillard – 12 – Blue Valley
RB – Calahan Brown – 11 – Frankfort
RB – Mitch Engelken – 12 – B & B
RB – Alex Deaver – 11 – Clifton-Clyde
TE – Reid Blackburn – 12 – Hanover
TE – Jeb Hellebust – 11 – Blue Valley
OL – Cesar Perales – 12 – Linn
OL – Dustin Deters – 11 – B & B
OL – Nick Wiers – 12 – Bern

Second Team
Defense 

DL – Cesar Perales – 12 – Linn
DL – Logan Bruna – 11 – Hanover
DL – Kyle Rogers – 12 – Blue Valley
LB – Darren Meyer – 12 – Bern
LB – Jonathan Keating – 12 – Frankfort
LB – Reid Blackburn – 12 – Hanover
DB – Lucas Adams – 10 – Frankfort
DB – Dylan Buessing – 12 – B & B

Twin Valley League All-League 11-Man Football

First Team
Offense

QB – Michael Glatczak – 12 – Centralia
TB – Cole Matzke – 12 – Onaga
TB – John Steinlage – 12 – Centralia
FB – Justin Mars – 12 – Centralia
FB – Dylan Faulk – 12 – Onaga
C – Caleb Ahlquist – 12 – Onaga
G – Alex Steinlage – 12 – Centralia
G – Calvin Portenier – 11 – Washington Co.
T – Hayden Cross – 12 – Centralia
T – Bryan Otott – 11 – Washington Co.
WR – MarE Whitson – 12 – Valley Heights
TE – Jordan Yungeberg – 12 – Washington Co.
TE – Sam Steinlage – 10 – Centralia
Return Specialist – Michael Glatczak – 12 – Centralia
Punter – Cady Allen – 12 – Washington Co.

First Team
Defense

Guard – Calvin Portenier – 11 – Washington Co.
Guard – Dominique Larkin – 12 – Centralia
Guard – Kyle Bliss – 11 – Onaga
End – Mychal Kolterman – 11 – Onaga
End – Hayden Cross – 12 – Centralia
ILB – Cole Matzke – 12 – Onaga
ILB – Sam Steinlage – 10 – Centralia
OLB – Justin Mars – 12 – Centralia
OLB – Chance Bloomer – 11 – Onaga
OLB – MarE Whitson – 12 – Valley Heights
CB – Tanner Trimble – 11 – Valley Heights
CB – Thomas Eisenbarth – 11 – Onaga
CB – Michael Glatzcak – 12 – Centralia
S – Cody Allen – 12 – Washington Co.
Kicker – Kyson Talkington – 12 – Centralia

Second Team
Offense

QB – Riley Falk – 12 – Onaga
Back – Cody Allen – 12 – Washington Co.
Back – Tanner Trimble – 11 – Valley Heights
Line – Kyson Talkington – 12 – Centralia
Line – Dominique Larkins – 12 – Centralia
Line – Tommy Tryon – 12 – Valley Heights
End – Thomas Eisenbarth – 11 – Onaga

Second Team
Defense

Line – Ty Cecrle – 12 – Centralia
Line – Matt Steinlage – 12 – Centralia
LB – John Steinlage – 12 – Centralia
LB – Dylan Parker – 11 – Valley Heights
LB – Trent Turner – 11 – Washington Co.
DB – Riley Falk – 12 – Onaga
DB – J. T. Rosine – 10 – Centralia
DB – Mitchell Kufahl – 11 – Onaga

Area High School Basketball Scoreboard – Dec. 3

North Central Kansas League Boys
Auburn, NE 38, Marysville 29

North Central Kansas League Girls
Marysville 53, Auburn, NE 30

Twin Valley League Boys
Bern 54, Axtell 36
Blue Valley 45, Clifton-Clyde 33
Pawnee City, NE 44, Frankfort 36
Pike Valley 64, Washington Co. 62 OT
Washington Co. 45, Clifton-Clyde 10

Twin Valley League Girls
Bern 40, Axtell 35
Frankfort 58, Pawnee City, NE 40
Pike Valley 46, Blue Valley 41
Washington Co. 50, Clifton-Clyde 12

K-State Accepts Invitation to Play in AT&T Cotton Bowl

MANHATTAN, Kan. – On the heels of the program’s best season in almost a decade and its eighth 10-win season under head coach Bill Snyder, Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie announced today that the Wildcats have accepted an invitation to play No. 6 Arkansas in the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 6 in Arlington, Texas.

The game, which will be one of just three bowl matchups along with the BCS National Championship to feature two Top 10 teams, will be played at Cowboys Stadium, one of the premiere sports facilities in the world, at 7 p.m. CT, with a nationwide television audience watching on FOX. The Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl are the other two bowls this season to include Top 10 matchups.

“With the excitement and integrity of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic at an all-time high, we couldn’t be more proud to represent the Big 12 Conference in Dallas following a terrific and memorable season for our football program, fans and university community, and I am pleased to accept the invitation on behalf of President Kirk Schulz, Coach Bill Snyder and our entire institution,” said Currie. “Showcasing our football program and university on a primetime national stage in one of the nation’s most tradition-rich bowl games is a tremendous opportunity, and the experience our student-athletes, band members, cheerleaders and fans will have in Dallas will certainly be world-class.”

K-State’s trip to the Cotton Bowl will be its third in program history with the last appearance being in 2001 in a win over Tennessee. The Wildcats (10-2) will be playing in their 15th bowl game in school history and 13th under Bill Snyder as the Cats are 6-6 all-time in bowls under the legendary head coach. Following 11 straight bowls from 1993-2003 under Snyder, the Cats have now gone bowling in each of the last two seasons following last year’s berth in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

“On behalf of the Kansas State University community, we are extremely proud of Coach Snyder and our football team on a terrific 2011 season,” said Schulz. “We could not be more excited to head to the Dallas area, one of our top out-of-state alumni markets, and play in such a historic bowl as the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. We appreciate President Rick Baker, Chairman Tommy Bain and the entire Cotton Bowl staff for annually putting on one of the best bowls in the country, and we are looking forward to a wonderful week in Dallas.”

The Wildcats’ 10 regular season victories in 2011, the most since 2003 and one shy of the school record, included home wins over No. 15 Baylor, Missouri and Texas A&M and road victories at Miami, No. 23 Texas and Texas Tech. K-State also kept the Governor’s Cup trophy in Manhattan for the third straight season under Snyder with a 59-21 win over in-state rival Kansas.

In addition to sporting the Big 12’s No. 1 football graduation rate in four of the last five seasons, excitement in Wildcat football was also evidenced by three sell-out crowds at Bill Snyder Family Stadium this season and a No. 29 national ranking in percent of capacity.

“We are so very proud of the young men in our program and the courage they have shown this year, and we are very pleased to represent the Big 12 Conference in the Cotton Bowl,” said Snyder. “The Cotton Bowl is a first-class bowl organization and we appreciate Rick Baker and the entire bowl staff for their efforts and support of college football.”

The Razorbacks (10-2) finished the season ranked sixth in the BCS standings with both losses coming at the hands of No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.

K-State has faced Arkansas four times in its history and will square off in a bowl game for the first time. The Wildcats hold a 3-1 advantage in the series with the last meeting between the two schools coming back in 1967.

K-State’s 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl allotment of 12,500 tickets has been sold out through pre-orders. Ticket locations for pre-orders will be assigned in order of the K-State Athletics Priority Point System and follow post-season priority limits. Ticket shipments are expected to be mailed by priority delivery at least two weeks prior to the game. Fans who did not pre-order tickets who wish to attend the Cotton Bowl should purchase tickets through the official ticket exchange on the AT&T Cotton Bowl website at www.attcottonbowl.com.

A student ticket allotment of 2,500 tickets is available with 500 reserved seats priced at $125 each and 2,000 standing room end-zone Spirit Passes at $50 each. These tickets will be available to current ICAT pass-holders beginning Wednesday, December 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the K-State Ticket Office located on the southwest corner of Bramlage Coliseum. In order to ensure fair access to tickets for K-State students and to maintain a students-only section, K-State Athletics consulted with the Student Governing Association to determine that students must bring their own student pass card and Wildcat ID and are limited to one ticket. Reserved ticket purchasers will be provided a voucher which, with a valid student ID, can be picked up at Cowboys Stadium on the day of the game. Any remaining reserved ticket vouchers will be made available to all K-State students on Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m.

All unsold Spirit Passes will be made available to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12.

The K-State Alumni Association will also provide official travel packages to the bowl game. Visit the Alumni Association’s official bowl travel page – www.k-statesportstravel.com – for travel package information.

K-State player quotes on the Cats’ bowl selection
Quarterback Collin Klein
“We are very excited for the opportunity and grateful to be selected to play in such a prestigious bowl. I’m excited for the opportunity to play a very good team in Arkansas, and we will need to prepare well over the next month.”

Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur
“We are excited about the season that we have had but we also know that we have one more game to play against a really good Arkansas team. We are excited to head to the Cotton Bowl and play on national television, and most importantly, work to get our 11th win of the season.”

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
“The opportunity to play in one of the top stadiums in the world and the best bowls in the country is a great reward for our hard work this season. But, we know that we have one more game to play and are looking forward to working hard this month to play a great Arkansas team.”

AT&T Cotton Bowl Quotes
Tommy Bain, Chairman
“We are so excited with our lineup of teams for the 76th Classic. This is our first Top 10 matchup in 18 years and it’s the first time Arkansas and Kansas State have faced one another since 1967. Coach Petrino and Coach Snyder are remarkable coaches. Their track records prove that and more. The Razorbacks and Wildcats have been permanent fixtures in the BCS rankings all season long and that in itself is a wonderful tribute to the hard work of their players and coaching staff and the tremendous support of their fans. It’s going to be a fun month as we count down their arrival in North Texas.”

Fin Ewing, Team Selection Chairman
“When you stop and think about our matchup for the 2012 Classic, you can’t help but break into a huge smile. Arkansas is No. 6 and Kansas State is No. 8. What does this mean? It means two awesome teams that are evenly matched, and that should translate into a heck of a football game. The Razorbacks and Wildcats have enjoyed many great moments in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic through the years. Getting them together under the roof at Cowboys Stadium in primetime on FOX is going to be special and fun for everybody.”

Rick Baker, President
“We have had a lot of terrific games in recent years, but it’s been a long time since the AT&T Cotton Bowl has hosted a pair of Top 10 teams. You have to go all the way back to 1994. Kansas State vs. Arkansas is a blockbuster matchup for us. This is exciting. Few bowls have a matchup that is as intriguing as our game. It’s going to be a special night at Cowboys Stadium when the Hogs and Wildcats get together. We can’t wait. Anyone who has a ticket for this game is in for a treat.”