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Slate: Former K-State Coach Jim Dickey Passes Away

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Remember yesterday when we said news between games is usually bad news? Yeah.

NOV 19 1980 Chunk Fairbanks gets attention of KSU Coach Jim Dickey after game
NOV 19 1980 Chuck Fairbanks insisted on speaking to Coach Jim Dickey after game.
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The baseball squad played, and bad news from the weekend broke in Wildcat Land.

Football

Former Kansas State football coach Jim Dickey, who led the Wildcats from 1978 until the second game of the 1985 season, died on Saturday in Houston. Although a whole generation has grown up with winning football at K-State, Dickey was the first to give Wildcat fans a taste of the post-season. In 1982, a year after red-shirting a host of upper-classmen, K-State went 6-5-1 and played Wisconsin in the Independence Bowl. On a miserable, cold, rainy night in Shreveport, Louisiana, the ‘Cats fell 14-3.

Dickey could not maintain the success, winning only three games in each of the next two seasons. He was dismissed after the Wildcats lost to Northern Iowa and Wichita State to begin the 1985 season. Though he could not sustain momentum, Coach Dickey proved is was possible to win in Manhattan, and after two miserable years under Stan Parrish, Bill Snyder arrived to hammer that message home.

Our condolences to the Dickey family and to all his friends, colleagues and former players.

Baseball

After dropping its first three games over the weekend, K-State’s baseball team was staring into the maw of a four-game losing streak until the 8th inning of yesterday’s game against Virginia Tech. But junior centerfielder Drew Mount cracked a two-out three-run home run to erase a two run deficit and put the ‘Cats up 6-5. Sophomore Tyler Eckberg pitched the final 2 23 innings, surrendering only an unearned run, to get the victory.

Our own JT VanGilder recapped the first win of the season, as did the athletic department website. K-State next plays against Elon in North Carolina Wednesday at 3:00 CT.

Golf

Fresh off several good individual performances at the USA Invitational Tournament in Mobile, Alabama, the men’s golf team looks to build consistency and depth on the roster. K-State Sports Extra chronicles their efforts.

Careful on those icy roads, now.