Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State, Arkansas players unite to remember 1970 game

Wichita State resumed its 1970 football season after a plane crash killed 31 people, including 14 players and coach Ben Wilson.

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‘This tragedy did not define me’

I’ll begin my story from the summer of 1970. I stayed in Wichita with three of my teammates: Donnie Christian, who I had been best friends with since the second grade; Johnny Taylor and Randy Kiesau. We were all juniors-to-be and spent the summer working, working out and playing. We did all three very hard!

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Spared the aftermath of the crash

I came to the Wichita State football program in the spring of 1969 after transferring from the University of Oklahoma. During spring practice I earned a starting position as an offensive lineman, an accomplishment that I was sure would not have occurred at OU.

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Could STAR bonds build a WSU football stadium?

The city and partners in the Wichita Sports Forum are in a “conversation” over substantial upgrades and additions to the Stryker Soccer Complex near K-96 and Greenwich through the assistance of a potentially expanded STAR bonds district.

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Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus

Dicus describes the 1970 Wichita State-Arkansas football game.
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Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus 2:07

Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus

John Potts talks about the Arkansas-Wichita State reunion 2:22

John Potts talks about the Arkansas-Wichita State reunion

WSU coach Gregg Marshall talks about his team 6:42

WSU coach Gregg Marshall talks about his team

Paul Suellentrop and Shane Dennis talk Wichita State baseball 4:39

Paul Suellentrop and Shane Dennis talk Wichita State baseball

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