For the 93rd time in 94 years, Kansas State's woebegone football team didn't play in a bowl game over the holidays. The Wildcats went 1-10 this season to extend their record as the losingest Division I-A football team in college history (SI, Sept. 4) to 300-519-41.
As Kansas State president Jon Wefald pointed out in a note to us the other day, however, his school is doing exceptionally well away from the gridiron. Last month seniors Mary Hale and Janelle Larson became the sixth and seventh Kansas State students in the last 16 years to be named Rhodes scholars. Only one public university ( Michigan State, with nine) and a handful of elite private schools have produced more Rhodes scholars in that span. So what's so bad about a few football losses?