The Kansas State Wildcats are enjoying a lot of success this year under head coach Bruce Weber. Despite their loss on Sunday, the Wildcats have finished the regular season with 25 wins and the number two seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament.
So to almost nobody’s surprise, Weber’s Big 12 coaching colleagues named him the conference coach of the year on Sunday. Weber was not the only Kansas State member to be named as an award recipient – Rodney McGruder, Angel Rodriguez and Shane Southwell were all named to the Coaches’ All-Conference team.
Weber is no stranger to coach of the year awards. Earning the Big 12 COY has now given him three of those in three different conferences. His first being in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2002-03 and then the Big 10 in 2004-05. Weber is also the sixth different Wildcats’ coach to win the award, he has followed in the coaching footsteps of Tex Winter (three), Cotton Fitzsimmons (one), Jack Hartman (two), Dana Altman (one) and Frank Martin (one).
Kansas State has ended the season tied for the Big 12 regular season title. Heading into the postseason being a two seed, the Wildcats have a bye and will play the winner of the Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs match-up on March 14th. Regardless of which team comes out of that game victorious, Kansas State will have a pretty easy game to get acclimated to postseason play.
This is only the second time in the history of the Big 12 that the same university has won the Big 12 COY awards in both basketball and football in the same season.