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Kevin Schnepf, Published August 29 2013

There was a time when Kansas State football was off the radar

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Seth Stone grew up in western Kansas, 17 miles from the Colorado border and about 24 miles from the Nebraska border.

"Everybody cheered for Nebraska," Stone said. "I grew up with no sense of Kansas State athletics."

Times have certainly changed.

Stone is now an avid Kansas State supporter and the manager of the "So Long Saloon" in downtown Manahattan. It will be swarming with Wildcat football fans anxious to watch their team beat North Dakota State Friday night.

Before Bill Snyder arrived as Kansas State's head coach in 1989, Kansas State football was labeled "Futility U" by Sports Illustrated magazine. In the previous 93 years, Kansas State had won only 37 percent of its games and went 0-26-1 from 1986 to 1988.

Snyder has been labled the architect of the greates turnaround in the history of college football, reeling off 170 wins during his tenure at Kansas State.

"I've been here in Manhattan since 1999, so I got here when it was really coming to a head," Stone said.

Stone's brother was a backup for the 1996 Kansas State team that played in the Cotton Bowl and the 1997 team that beat Donavon McNabb and Syracuse in the Fiesta Bowl.

"Kansas State just wasn't on the map way back when," Stone said. "But it certainly is now. It's been a lot of fun."