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Kansas State athletics, 1923-24: Charles Corsaut arrives

A new coach for two sports, and a conference title in cross-country. We have a couple of important programming and scheduling notes for you, which will appear at the end of this article. The Wildcats were the 1923 version of a modern Baylor team, with the small problem of, well, being the 1923 version. KSAC was very adept at passing the football compared to their peer institutions...
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June 23, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1922-23: Memorial Stadium and Wildcats

The Wildcats broke in their new home with a pretty good campaign. During the summer of 1922, construction crews feverishly worked to complete concrete grandstands along Denison Avenue just north of Anderson Avenue. Those grandstands would loom over the existing patch of grass known as Ahearn Field, and would be christened Memorial Stadium, in honor of the former KSAC students like...
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June 22, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1921-22: the great basketball faceplant

A horrible year all-around at least ended with stadium construction. With Charlie Bachman’s system now in place, the fortunes of the Aggies experienced a significant boost in 1921, but at the start of the season it looked as though anything but was in store. An old foe which hadn’t been seen in awhile marked the beginning of the season, as the College of Emporia came to Manhattan...
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June 21, 2017

Kansas State adds Mount St. Mary's grad transfer Madwo Sallah

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June 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Kansas State athletics, 1920-21: Mike Ahearn returns, hires Charlie Bachman

The beloved Ahearn begins a 27-year tenure as K-State’s athletic director. The sudden resignation of Zora Clevenger, and the departure of his chief lieutenant Germany Schulz, left a massive hole in the Kansas State Agricultural College athletic department. William Marion Jardine, then-President of the college about whom a small book could be written — he was Secretary of Agriculture...
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June 20, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1919-20: Clevenger’s last ride

KSAC’s first athletic director suddenly resigned at year’s end. In the fall of 1919, things were still somewhat unsettled. America’s troops were home, the worst of the incredibly devastating flu epidemic had been dealt with, and life was slowly returning to normal. But there were still impacts, and nothing demonstrates this better than the scattershot status of the Missouri...
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June 19, 2017

K-State picks up graduate transfer Sallah

Mawdo Sallah will become a Wildcat in 2017. The Kansas State basketball team didn’t spend much time depleted underneath in the wake of forward Isaiah Maurice’s dismissal. Mawdo Sallah, a graduate transfer, didn’t hesitate to fill the spot, either. A 6-foot-9 junior forward who spent the last three seasons at Mt. Saint Mary’s, Sallah announced his transfer to Kansas State...
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June 19, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1918-19: a pair of post-war conference titles

In the wake of peace, the Farmers rebuild; the story of Germany Schulz The death of Eddie Wells occurred just two weeks before the start of the 1918 football season at KSAC. The news hit hard, and the community mourned the two-time all-Valley selection’s loss deeply. It did not help that the war had finally caused so many young men to depart for Europe that justifying football...
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June 18, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1917-18: War takes its toll

Declining enrollment leads to no baseball at all Today’s image comes from K-State alum Jed Dunham’s 48 Fallen 48 Found project, a brief summary of which is located at the World War I Centennial site. It’s worth your attention. Zora Clevenger’s arrival had been, on the fields of play, good news for Kansas State Agricultural College. The programs were on the rebound from their...
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June 17, 2017

Former TCU assistant Jayci Stone joins Jeff Mittie at Kansas State

Stone re-joins her former boss. Today’s Slate is but one item: To replace the departed Jacie Hoyt, now the head women’s basketball coach at UMKC, Jeff Mittie has reached into his bag of former employees and pulled out another one. Jayci Stone, who actually earned her degree in Manhattan after her playing days ended, worked for Mittie for three years at TCU and now rejoins Mittie...
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June 17, 2017

The post conundrum K-State now faces

With Isaiah Maurice dismissed, the Wildcats will be incredibly inexperienced in the paint next season Isaiah Maurice’s freshman campaign at Kansas State was nothing special — 3 points and 2 rebounds per game — but the forward’s final seven games, in which he averaged nearly 7 points per game on a shooting percentage north of 60 percent, left the Wildcats room for optimism...
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June 16, 2017

Kansas State athletics 1916-1917: Enter Zora Clevenger

Basketball wins the Valley just before America finally becomes engulfed in World War I. The complete house-cleaning in the athletic department at Kansas State Agricultural College in the aftermath of the disastrous 1915-16 school year resulted in the hiring of the school’s first titled athletic director. Former coach John Bender left for Tennessee; it was basically a trade as...
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June 16, 2017

Kansas State forward Isaiah Maurice dismissed from team

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June 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Kansas State Athletics, 1915-16: John Bender and Wildcats for a season

New traditions, some maintained and others delayed. With Guy Lowman stepping aside, a new face arrived in Manhattan. John “Chief” Bender, a burly Nebraskan who’d starred at halfback for the Huskers at the start of the century, took over the reins of the football and baseball squads. Bender should not be confused with the major league baseball player of the same nickname, whose...
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June 15, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1914-15: Lowman’s end

The athletic program overall hit its lowest ebb of the pre-World War II era. The second turn through the Missouri Valley was even worse than the first for the KSAC Aggies, and it would have dire consequences. The season kicked off with a 15-0 home win over Southwestern, but a 0-0 tie with Emporia Normal a week later was a harbinger of what was to come. Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri...
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June 15, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1913-14: entering the Missouri Valley Conference

Basketball stays above water, but football and baseball suffer. With the dawn of the 1913-14 academic year came official membership in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, alongside Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa State, Drake, and Washington (MO). It would be a rough introduction, although their conference schedule was severely limited. The season started...
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June 14, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1912-13: one last trip around the KCAC

With a move to the big time looming, the Aggies plowed Kansas. The 1912-13 academic year would be the final year before KSAC finally joined the big time, as their application to join the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association was approved. However, they would not officially begin play in the conference until 1913. So there was really nothing else to do on the way out...
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June 14, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1911-12: the Guy Lowman era begins

Ahearn stepped aside, but things kept rolling. Guy Lowman took over the reins of KSAC athletics in the wake of Mike Ahearn’s retirement. Lowman, who had spent a year in Warrensburg as head man and a season at Missouri as an assistant, had been hired by Alabama in 1910. After only one year in Tuscaloosa, KSAC hired away the Springfield (Mass.) graduate. Lowman was, initially, unable...
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June 13, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1910-11: goodbye, Mike Ahearn

An argument for a national championship He’d been talked out of retiring immediately following the end of the previous season, but Mike Ahearn was adamant: 1910 was the last hurrah. He had coached all three major squads on campus to stellar seasons, but he was saving the best for last. Coming off a six-game winning streak to end 1909, the Aggies started the season off with a first...
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June 13, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1909-10: quiet dominance

Football and baseball posted elite results, and basketball suddenly got better The scheduled eased up a bit in 1909, with Oklahoma jettisoned from the program. The idolization of Mike Ahearn continued unabated; there was actually a movement on campus to get him to run for governor, a movement which was completely oblivious to the impact such a thing would have on, you know, KSAC...
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June 12, 2017

WATCH: NBA Draft Prospect: Wesley Iwundu Lakers Interview (Forward, Kansas St.)

The Los Angeles Lakers worked out Kansas State’s Wesley Iwundu on Monday morning who spent the last four seasons with the Wildcats. Iwundu closed out his career with Kansas State with back-to-back third team All-Big 12 selections and quite a resume of school records. Iwundu became the first Wildcat in school history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and...
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June 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Kansas State athletics, 1908-09: the first road trip outside Kansas

Every Aggie team had a winning season. It was perhaps instructive as to the importance of Mike Ahearn to the student population of Kansas State Agricultural College that not only was the 1909 yearbook dedicated to him, but the two-page article discussing the football team’s season mentioned no name other than the beloved head coach. Well, if Mike Ahearn was responsible for everything...
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June 12, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1907-08: basketball’s nadir

Football and baseball maintained their progress, though. KSAC Football took another very small step back in 1907, but it didn’t result in a losing season. Only one game was played away from home, a 29-10 loss in Lawrence to the hated Jayhawks on October 26. A puzzling loss two weeks earlier to Haskell marred the record, while a fifth-straight loss to Washburn on November 5 was...
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June 11, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1906-07: a conference title

Baseball claims a crown and football beats Kansas. 1906 marked the first year that Mike Ahearn was in total control of the athletic program at KSAC. Unfortunately, it would be a couple of years before he found across-the-board success. The football team took a small step back in one respect, only going 5-2 as compared to the 6-2 1905 campaign. But that was largely a result of dropping...
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June 11, 2017

Kansas State athletics, 1905-06: the Ahearn era truly begins

Basketball returns to the calendar, too. While retaining control of the KSAC baseball program, Mike Ahearn took over at the helm of the football operation as well. The results were immediate and stunning. The season began with a 20-0 win at home over Ottawa. A 12-5 loss to Washburn followed, but then the Aggies started winning. On the road at Kansas Wesleyan, KSAC notched a 24-0...
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June 10, 2017
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