1986: Wichita State University Cancels Football

After 89 seasons, Wichita State president Warren Armstrong and Athletic Director Lew Perkins announced the end of Wichita State Football on December 2, 1986. They said the cost to sustain the lackluster program would hurt other sports. Efforts to revive the football program have faced major hurdles, including a multi-million dollar price tag for necessary improvements.
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( Courtesy Courtesy Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries / March 27, 2013 )

After 89 seasons, Wichita State president Warren Armstrong and Athletic Director Lew Perkins announced the end of Wichita State Football on December 2, 1986. They said the cost to sustain the lackluster program would hurt other sports. Efforts to revive the football program have faced major hurdles, including a multi-million dollar price tag for necessary improvements.

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