MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Once again, bowl practices at Kansas State are being accompanied by the sounds of breaking concrete echoing throughout Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Two years ago, it was the west side of the stadium that was under renovation, a modest press box getting replaced by a $90 million bank of suites. These days it's the north end zone, where the old football complex is giving way to new locker rooms, offices and team spaces.
In many ways, it is a reflection of the football program under Snyder, the 75-year-old coach who turned the once-moribund school into a perennial contender. The No. 11 Wildcats were fighting for a share of the Big 12 title into the final week of this season, and despite a loss to Baylor, still finished 9-3 and earned a date with UCLA in the Alamo Bowl.