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Wichita State Shockers

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Wichita State Shockers
UniversityWichita State University
ConferenceThe American
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorDarron Boatright
LocationWichita, Kansas
Varsity teams15
Football stadiumCessna Stadium
Basketball arenaCharles Koch Arena
Baseball stadiumEck Stadium
ColorsBlack and Yellow[1]
The American Athletic Conference logo in Wichita State's colors

The Wichita State Shockers are the athletic teams that represent Wichita State University. They compete in the NCAA Division I. They are members of the American Athletic Conference.[2]

Varsity sports[change | change source]

A member of the American Athletic Conference, Wichita State University sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Golf Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Football team plane crash[change | change source]

On October 2, 1970, the first plane carrying players and staff of the WSU football team took off from a Colorado airport after refueling. It was supposed to go to Logan, Utah for a game against Utah State University. It flew into a mountain valley too narrow to allow it to turn back. It crashed into a mountainside. This killed 31 of the 40 players, administrators and fans near a ski resort 40 miles (64 km) away from Denver.[4] President Richard Nixon sent the president of the university a note which read, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow."[source?]

Bowl games[change | change source]

Season Bowl Champion Runner-up
1947 Raisin Bowl Pacific 26 Wichita 14
1948 Camellia Bowl Hardin–Simmons 49 Wichita 12
1961 Sun Bowl Villanova 17 Wichita State 9

References[change | change source]

  1. Wichita State Athletics Brand Guide 2019 (PDF). August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  2. "Shockers Accept Invitation to The American" (Press release). Wichita State Shockers. April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  3. "Go Shockers seven sports". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  4. "Wichita State Recalls a Crash That Killed 31". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 3, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2013.