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The University of Kansas fired its athletic director on Monday.

Sheahon Zenger has led KU’s athletic department since 2011. In a letter to the KU community, Chancellor Douglas Girod said KU athletics has failed to make progress in “key areas."

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The four-lane road that connects Manhattan, Kansas, and I-70 is wider and busier now than it was when Bill Snyder took over as Kansas State’s football coach in 1989.

So much so that it’s named after Snyder, who has more than 200 wins at K-State, making him only the sixth person to do that with one football program.

Snyder is 78, the oldest coach in the top division of college football. And while his 26th season with the team ended Tuesday with a 35-17 win over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, he says he isn’t sure whether he’ll return next season.

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Wichita State has released the results of an extensive study over bringing back the school's football program.

The 69-page report from the consulting firm College Sports Solutions says that if WSU wants to bring back its football program, it will need a lot of money.

The study, commissioned in February, shows renovations to Cessna Stadium could cost between $21 and 28 million. A new practice facility would be more than $20 million.

Abigail Wilson

On October 2, 1970, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. The plane hit the side of a mountain and 31 people were killed. Rick Stephens, one of the survivors, rode his bike from Cessna Stadium on the WSU campus to the site of the crash to mark the 44th anniversary of the tragedy. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Lots of good folks locally feel pretty strongly about college football. Some of them are convinced that Wichita State University made a wrong-headed move when it punted its own football program into the trash bin of history at the end of the 1986 season.

There is always a conspicuous absence of WSU on the sports pages this time of year as Kansas State and KU become the subjects of endless speculation about this season’s football teams.