Wichita State Shockers football
|Wichita State Shockers|
|Home stadium||Cessna Stadium|
|Location||Wichita, Kansas, U.S.|
|Past conferences||Independent (1895–1923)
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (1924–1926)
Independent (1927, 1940–1945, 1986)
Central Intercollegiate (1928–1939)
Missouri Valley (1945–1986)
|All-time record||375–402–47 (.484)|
|Postseason bowl record||0–3–0 (.000)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
Black and Gold
The first official football game played by the school was in 1897 under the coaching of T. H. Morrison. The school defeated Wichita High School, now known as Wichita East, by a score of 12–4 in the only game played that year.
1905 night game
In the 1905 season, the Coleman Company set up temporary gas-powered lighting for a night game against Cooper College (now called the Sterling Warriors). It was the first night football game played west of the Mississippi River. Fairmount won the game 24–0.
1905 "experimental" game
On December 25, 1905, Wichita State (called "Fairmount College" at the time) played a game against the Washburn Ichabods using a set of experimental rules. The game was officiated by then Washburn head coach John H. Outland.
The experiment was considered a failure. Outland commented, "It seems to me that the distance required in three downs would almost eliminate touchdowns, except through fakes or flukes." The Los Angeles Times reported that there was much kicking and that the game was considered much safer than regular play, but that the new rule was not "conducive to the sport."
In his history of the sport of football, David M. Nelson concluded that "the first forward passes were thrown at the end of the 1905 season in a game between Fairmount and Washburn colleges in Kansas." According to Nelson, Washburn completed three passes, and Fairmount completed two.
On October 2, 1970, a plane crashed that was carrying about half of the football team on their way to play a game against Utah State University. 31 people were killed. The game was canceled, and the Utah State football team held a memorial service at the stadium where the game was to have been played.
On December 2, 1986, Wichita State President Warren Armstrong announced that the university would no longer sponsor football due to the financial strain the program places on the university.
Potential program revivals
In 1992, a study was done on Cessna Stadium to comply with I-A football standards. It was shown that $24 million in improvements were needed.
In 1997, the cost was cited at $11 million to restart the football program and three other women's sports.
In 1998, an advisory committee at Wichita State recommended reinstating the football program at Wichita State after a 15-month study for $70,000.
In 2012, an attempt was made to begin a club-level football team at Wichita State with hopes of eventually reviving the football program, though no official endorsement was given by the university.
Wichita State won fourteen conference titles.
|Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference||1908, 1911|
|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939|
|Missouri Valley Conference||1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1963|
|Total||14 Conference Championships|
Record versus Missouri Valley Conference
Only includes games while a member of the conference and does not include games against teams listed below considered nonconference games
|West Texas A&M||4–4||3–3||7–7|
|New Mexico State||1–3–1||2–5||3–8–1|
The Shockers played in 3 bowl games and had an 0–3 record.
|January 1, 1948||Raisin Bowl||L||Pacific||14–26|
|December 30, 1948||Camellia Bowl||L||Hardin–Simmons||12–49|
|December 30, 1961||Sun Bowl||L||Villanova||9–17|
- QB Sam Adkins
- RB Ted Dean
- DL Mark Duckens
- C/LB Len Dugan
- DL Rick Dvorak
- DL Earl Edwards
- DB Miller Farr
- DL Jumpy Geathers
- DT/G Bob Hoskins
- K Bob Humphreys
- RB Randy Jackson
- TE Anthony Jones
- DE Jimmie Jones
- P/TE Terry Joyce
- LB Marv Kellum
- DL/T Roland Lakes
- FL/WR Bob Long
- RB Doug McEnulty
- WR Pete Mills
- QB Tom Owen
- LB Bill Parcells
- OL Kevin Robbins
- LB Ron Shumon
- LB Nelson Toburen
- DT Ted Vincent
- OL/LB Jim Waskiewicz
- SE Glenn Meltzer - 1966 national-leading pass receiver
- List of Wichita State Shockers head football coaches
- Ackerman Island, some games were played between Fairmount College and Friends University in the 1920s at former Ackerman Island in downtown Wichita.
- Associated Press (December 3, 1986). "Wichita State drops football". Wichita, Kansas: The Rock Hill Herald. pp. Page 10A. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Wichita State suspends football program". The Evening News. December 3, 1986. pp. Page 2B. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- DeLassus, David (March 31, 2013). "Wichita State records by year (1897)".
- "FIRST LIGHT (1900 – 1929)". Coleman Company. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
- DeLassus, David. "Wichita State Yearly Results (1905)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Ten Yard Rule a Failure". New York Times. December 26, 1905.
- "New Football Rules Tested". Los Angeles Times. December 26, 1905.
- Nelson, David M. (1994). The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men Who Made the Game. University of Delaware Press. ISBN 0-87413-455-2., p. 128
- Zier, Patrick (November 20, 1974). "Four Years Ago . . .". Lakeland Ledger. pp. Page 1B & 4B. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- Memorial '70 at Wichita State
- Bates, Michael (December 3, 1986). "Wichita State gives up football, too expensive". Wichita, Kansas: Kentucky New Era. pp. Page 2C. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "STADIUM FIX-UP COSTS THROW WSU FOOTBALL HOPES FOR LOSS". Wichita Eagle. November 17, 1992. pp. Page 1A. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "PRICE FOR WSU TO START FOOTBALL AGAIN: $11 MILLION * REPORT CALCULATES COST OF ADDING 1-AA FOOTBALL AND THREE WOMEN'S SPORTS". Wichita Eagle. October 10, 1997. pp. Page 1A. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "WSU NEEDS TO DROP THE FOOTBALL ISSUE". Wichita Eagle. April 7, 1998. pp. Page 1C Living. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- Associated Press (July 13, 2006). "Mayor drops WSU football plan". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- Caywood, Kurt (July 2, 2006). "Shocker football: A taxing question?". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Wichita State Shockers Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- Historic photos of Ackerman Island; wichitaphotos.org
- History of Shocker Football, WSU
- Bring Back Shocker Football website