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December 31, 2012Take a time machine back to 2005 and try to tell Kansas State wide receivers coach Michael Smith that things would play out like this. He shakes his head while marveling at the ride. On Thursday, the former All-American will coach in his 14th K-State bowl game. In this GoPowercat.com Q&A, he reflects on this season, discusses the prospect of winning 12 games, and looks to the future.
And Smith believes the future looks bright.
First of all, what has this ride been like?
What would you have said if I'd told you 10 years ago that Bill Snyder would retire, come back, and you'd be a part of this and have the chance to win 12 games as a Top-10 team in the Fiesta Bowl?
How many more years do you think Bill Snyder will remain as head coach?
How has the program's success in recent years impacted recruiting?
What are your thoughts on the star ratings -- five-star, four-star, three-star?
You've talked about family and there's a pretty special family in the Locketts. Now you're coaching the youngest one and maybe the best one. What's that family meant for K-State?
Could you see Kevin coming back to assume a position in the K-State athletics department at some point -- athletic director?
What's impressed you the most about this group of wide receivers that you have this season?
How strong could this wide receiving corps be next season?
"These guys have been around each other for three years. Tramaine is the first kid I've had since the beginning since we came back. I've got to believe people have seen the progress he's made and the type of the football player he's become. That's a credit to him for buying in. We've got a special group, man. We really do. If we were in one of those offenses where they throw the football all the time, these kids would put up the type of numbers a lot of these kids around the country are putting up, but that's a credit to them. They're not selfish. They're all about team and family and we're going to go out and do what we have to do to help our team win."
This team and this program will move on after this game Thursday. Where do you see this team coming back next season and how good could this team and this offense be again?
Can Jake Waters be flashy?
What will it mean to you if this team is able to finish out with 12 wins for the first time in school history?
The 1998 team, they were expected to do well. This team was expected to finish sixth in the Big 12. What does that say?