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All hail the rise of K-State athletics

Kansas State hoops hit a huge “first” Tuesday - coaches tabbed the Wildcats as the team to beat in the Big 12. And Bill Snyder couldn’t be happier.

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Snyder staged one of the all-time football turnarounds (K-State had two winning seasons in 34 years and lost 27 straight games before he guided it to 136 wins and a Big 12 title from ’89-2005) and turned everything West of Topeka into Wildcat Nation.

Meanwhile, the once-proud basketball program made just three times during that 17-year stint. Now? He loves what Frank Martin’s built.

“Frank has had a tremendous impact on the program in a variety of different ways,” Snyder told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “They’ve recruited extremely well.”

The ‘Cats are headed for another big season behind Jacob Pullen and that tough K-State frontcourt. Snyder’s football team is 4-0 and atop the Big 12 North standings.

So can they co-exist?

“I think so,” Snyder said. “I think it helps the university, and that’s what we’re all here for. Every entity that can add to that just makes it that much better.”

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter @BeyndArcMMiller, usually talkin’ hoops. Click here for more.