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John Currie exploring facility upgrades

Kansas State athletic director John Currie has several goals in mind for his second year on the job.

But from a facilities standpoint, one improvement stands out above the rest: a practice facility for the Wildcats’ basketball teams.

“When I got here, there was a laundry list of facility enhancements we wanted to do,” Currie said. “We had to narrow our focus a little bit. When you’re the only school out of 12 in the Big 12 Conference that does not have a basketball practice facility — or has not started one like Colorado has — we’re at a deficiency. We have got to step that up.”

He said a strong fiscal year has helped that cause, and a donations increase of nearly 50 percent to the Ahearn Fund is also encouraging.

But it’s not as if K-State will break ground on the project this month.

“We’re still not at a point where it’s fiscally prudent to proceed with any definitive decisions on the practice facility,” Currie said. (more…)