Scratch one name from the list of candidates to become athletics director at Kansas State. Illinois State AD Sheahon Zenger has said, "I have a special place in my heart for Kansas State and the Manhattan community, but I'm not a candidate for the vacant director of athletics position. My family and I continue to enjoy Illinois State University, thanks to the support of a great president, administration, coaches and staff. There is still much to be done at ISU and the time is just not right."
The 43-year-old Zenger is a Kansas State graduate, and former member of Bill Snyder's football staff.
Preliminary out-of-town interviews were believed to be conducted earlier this week with four to six candidates.
Search committee chairman Amy Button Renz has said from the beginning that she will not release the names of any of the candidates.
KStatefans.com, however, has learned that former KSU assistant Don Bocchi and former track great Jeff Schemmel have applied, and it's believed that both have been interviewed. Schemmel is now the AD at San Diego State and Bocchi, a senior associate AD at Arizona State.
BASKETBALL LOSES ONE, ADDS ONE:
Kansas State has added the services of 6-foot-2 guard Martavioius Irving, but lost the talents of 6-8 Ron Anderson.
In a prepared statement, coach Frank Martin said, "Ron has decided to pursue his playing career at another school. We appreciate his contributions to the program the past two seasons and wish him all the best in the future."
On the move Anderson, who averaged 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last year, said, "I'm leaving on great terms. There's no bad blood at all."
Speaking of Irving, his prep coach Eugene Richardson said, "He's a very good player. He plays defense excellent. He's a good rebounder. He can score. He brings all the intangibles to the game - he's very knowledgeable about the game. He has that body everybody likes when they come watch him. He can play among the big dogs." Irving had also considered a pair of SEC schools in Georgia and Alabama.
WILDCATS TO PLAY WASHINGTON STATE:
The Big 12 vs. Pac-10 Hardwood Series matchups have been announced with K-State drawing Washington State. The game will be played on Dec. 5 in Bramlage Coliseum.
Last season, the two leagues split the Hardwood Series outings, 6-6.
Other games will have Nebraska playing USC, Texas Tech playing Washington, Texas hosting USC, Baylor going to Arizona State, Colorado traveling to Oregon State, Missouri entertaining Oregon, Iowa State going to Cal, Kansas going to UCLA, Oklahoma hosting Arizona, O-State playing Stanford and Texas A&M playing at Washington.
FAN FEST WEEKEND:
Do you want Wildcat items at a super-sale price? How about the fun that comes with an inflatable carnival? Better yet, what about a free concert in Cat Town?
It's all going to be a part of the 2009 Purple-White scrimmage Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The 10 a.m. department-wide sale of DVS's, old uniforms, autographed memorabilia, etc., will take place in the Brandeberry Indoor facility.
The inflatable carnival will be located in the southeast portion of the west parking lot of the stadium and will run from 11 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Fans interested in attending the carnival will need to sign a waiver and show their spring game ticket for participation.
A free concert, presented by KansasStateCars.com and headlined by Capitol Nashville Recording Artist Luke Bryan, will be held from 12:30 - 2:45 p.m. The opening act will perform at 12:30 p.m. before Bryan, whose hits include "All My Friends Say" and "Country Man," takes the stage around 1:20 p.m. This event is free. The gates in the Cat Town area will open at 12 p.m., and Ramblers and R.C. McGraws will have food and beer available for purchase.
Tickets for K-State's 2009 Spring Game are priced at $5 for all fans, while a complimentary ticket is also included with the purchase of a 2009 season ticket. Children under the age of two will be admitted at no charge.
Tickets for the game will be sent out via email to all season ticket holders and fans may also purchase tickets to the game at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office as well as at the west side ticket booth of the stadium on game day, beginning at 11 a.m.
Season ticket holders should have a valid email address on file with the ticket office to ensure ticket delivery. For those interested in receiving their spring game tickets by mail, a $10 service charge will be added.