MANHATTAN, Kan. - Notes and quotes from Saturday's 2011 opening victory over Eastern Kentucky at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.


Dad Snyder's team almost semi-spoiled the evening for his daughter, Whitney, who was proposed to on the field during the first break in the first quarter.

Her answer was a "Yes" with a kiss to Michah Hydeman, a local fireman and member of the color guard Saturday night.

Hydeman had asked the coach for his blessing on July 29. A time, he said, "… that was way more nerve-racking than proposing to Whitney in front of 50,000 fans." He added, "That's a long time to keep a secret."

Of popping the question at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Hydeman said, "Where else? This is her second home."

A beaming Whitney called it a "total surprise."

Oh, as far as a wedding date? Hydeman knew exactly what to say: "I'm not sure, but it can't be during the regular season or recruiting season."

Coach Snyder said of his son-in-law to-be, "He's a nice, pleasant young man … a special young guy."

Asked if the engagement was the highlight of a scoreless first half, Snyder quipped, "It was the highlight of the whole damn night."


Bill Snyder's 150th coaching victory will not be one to remember. After the 10-7 win, Snyder quipped, "I hope that was more fun for you than it was for me."

The Wildcat coach said he told his players that they were "… the most fortunate individuals in the state of Kansas." One game into his 20th Wildcat season, Snyder's coaching record is 150-80-1.

"It's sort of like being 71 or 72," said Snyder of the milestone. "All it says is that you've been around a little longer." It was Snyder's 19th consecutive season-opening victory.


K-State AD John Currie held an informal press conference at intermission to talk about the latest Big 12 movement with Texas A&M leaving the league, and Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, perhaps looking toward the Pac-12.

On where K-State stands, Currie warned fans to be careful not to get caught up in the rumors of the day. Saying that he and President Kirk Schulz are in constant contact with the ADs and Presidents of the league, Currie said, "We continue to work toward our goal which is to work to strengthen the Big 12."

On K-State, Currie said, "It's real easy to worry about things you can't control. We're blessed to live in a beautiful part of the country with great fans and tradition at K-State, so we're focused on the things that we can control."

To that, Currie listed continuing to strive to sellout the stadium, grow the athletic budget, and enhance facilities.

Asked if K-State was in a better position today than a year ago, Currie said, "We're doing coach Snyder's philosophy, which is trying to continue to get better every day."

Currie said there are no specific discussions with anyone except the other ADs and Presidents in the Big 12 Conference. "Until somebody says the Big 12 is dead, we're going to continue to work with our partners in the Big 12 to strengthen the league."

He added that in times like these, "It's important to remain calm."

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