Good Question: 'Why Did The WSU Football Program End?'

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

K-State and KU are set to open another college football season. There are many of our viewers who are not aware that Wichita State had a football program at one time

But why did the Shocker program end almost 30 years ago?

Before we talk about the end, let’s talk about the beginning. The first official football game at WSU ever played was a 12-4 victory over Wichita High School, now Wichita East High School, in 1897.

For the next 80 plus years, the Shockers won 14 conference championships, had a few winning seasons, and even produced some well-known players.

The Shockers had no postseason success, playing in and losing only three bowl games.

The end came swiftly on December 2, 1986. WSU President Warren Armstrong announced that the school would no longer sponsor football. He cited it as the result of the financial strain on the university. He said there was “no other alternative.” All said and done, the Shockers won 375 games, lost 402, and tied 47 times.

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