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Jerome Tang Says Kansas State is a ‘Basketball School’

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When you hear “Kansas State,” where does your mind go?

Perhaps it’s the miraculous turnaround that Bill Snyder made with the football program, taking one of the most unremarkable teams in the country and turning them into a sustainable winner.

Maybe it’s an individual like Snyder, or Tyler Lockett, Collin Klein, or Jordy Nelson. Or, if athletics aren’t really your forte, it could be the university’s strong reputation in the agricultural sciences.

 

Recent success from the football program has made K-State one of the Big 12’s most recognizable football brands, but head basketball coach Jerome Tang believes the school’s rich basketball history gives it plenty of leg to stand on its own.

In a recent appearance on the Field of 68 Podcast, Tang said that Kansas State is a “basketball school,” and gives a pretty convincing argument to back his claim.

“There’s a history there. The Final Fours, Sweet 16s–I think we’ve gone to more Sweet 16s than maybe 15 programs in the country. [Kansas State] is a basketball school,” Tang says. “Our fan base… Man, they are passionate. Passionate. You feel it.”

Jeff Goodman interjected at this point, backing up Tang in this sentiment.

 

“Listen, when I was there for that Kansas game two years ago. Wow,” Goodman said with a pause. “I’m not sure there was a better atmosphere that I’ve been to in the last two years, and I’ve been to some good ones. That was unbelievable.

“Your fan base is electric and you know how to get them going, too. I mean, how many coaches are going to go in the crowd after games like that?”

Tang’s answer was right on brand, saying that it’s really all about the students.

“I just appreciate everything the students do for us,” Tang answered. “And not just our athletic program, right? But what they do in the community, they do so much philanthropic work there. Taking care of our community and working in the elementary schools. Man, our students go way above and beyond, so I want them to know how much I appreciate them, in wins and losses.”

While the 2023-24 season didn’t go as they’d hoped, Kansas State has made an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT appearance in Tang’s two seasons, and with a 45-25 record thus far, he seems to have the program on the right trend.

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