About the Author
Mark Janssen has been in the middle of Kansas State Wildcat athletics for the better part of four decades. He has been sports editor of The Manhattan Mercury since 1981, winning six national writing awards from the National Newspaper Association, and eight first-place honors from the Kansas Press Association. Graduating from K-State in 1972, Janssen served as sports director of KMAN-KMKF Radio in Manhattan, earning Sportscaster of the Year honors in 1977 and 1978. He worked alongside the legendary Voice of the Wildcats, Dev Nelson, on the K-State Radio Network, plus hosted several coachesÃÂ television shows. In the first 17 years of JanssenÃÂs coverage of K-State football, the Wildcats went 46-130-3 under four different coaches. In the last 17 years of JanssenÃÂs coverage under Coach Bill Snyder, the WildcatsÃÂ record was 136-68-1. Janssen resides in Manhattan with his wife, Peg. They have two children, Travis and Kelly.