Dec. 1, 1999
Seattle - The Big 12 Conference and Kansas State University announced today that the Wildcats have tentatively accepted an invitation to play in the 1999 Culligan Holiday Bowl Dec. 29 against the University of Washington contingent that K-State is not selected to play in the Bowl Championship Series on Sunday.
"Following joint consultation with all the parties, including Kansas State, the Big 12 Conference, the Holiday Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, it was mutually agreed upon that this scenario would be consistent with the new policy agreed to by the Conference and both bowls that permits the Cotton Bowl to have access to the Division champion not advancing to the Bowl Championship Series," said Max Urick, K-State director of athletics. "The Culligan Holiday Bowl is a high-quality bowl and our fans and team had a great time in San Diego in 1995," Urick continued. "The potential match-up with the Pac-10's second-place team in Washington also is very intriguing. This would be our first bowl match-up with a Pac-10 Conference team, historically one of the nation's top conferences." Urick also said this gives K-State an additional five days to plan for the bowl and helps the remaining bowl-eligible teams from the Big 12 Conference set their respective bowl agendas.
Husky Coach Rick Neuheisel Comments on Possibly Facing Kansas State
"It's a tremendous honor to be playing in the Holiday Bowl, in and of itself. To be playing a team perennially ranked in the top ten makes it that much more prestigious. Hopefully we'll play well and be deserving of the honor."
(On having coached against KSU): "It may be an advantage to have faced them before if I had ever found a weakness. I'm not sure we ever detected one. They're an extremely well coached team in every facet of the game. It is not an accident that they have had the type of success they have enjoyed over the past several years."
(On seeing KSU play this year): "I've only seen them play this year by seeing them on Sportscenter's highlights, and those have been numerous."
(On KSU and the BCS): "I would be surprised that Kansas State would not be chosen as a BCS team. I don't understand the BCS when 9-2 teams are selected as at-large teams when a 10-1 team is available, especially when it is a 10-1 team that has beaten teams like Texas and Colorado and the like."
(On knowing the opponent heading into Saturday's first bowl practice): "Definitely it helps us. It also helps Kansas State. It will allow both programs to get a head start on their preparation."
It will be fun. I hope the people of San Diego are ready for all the purple they're going to see. I know our fans are excited to get there and I'm sure K-State's feel the same way.
Senior wide receiver Joe Jarzynka "I'm excited to know that we'll be playing a ranked team who is highly respected. They are a quality football team and that's they type of matchup you want in a bowl game."
Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo "I'm exited. They're a great ball club. They're a 10-1 team who has been one of the best programs in the nation the last few years. They have great athletes. It will be a big challenge, but I know our team will be up to it."
Senior wide receiver Gerald Harris "I'm looking forward to it. When I heard that was the team we were probably going to play, I was really hoping that would be the case because I think they would be the best possible opponent."