Kansas State

1966 Wildcats
(Authentic Reproduction)




Hoping to finally reverse Wildcat fortunes, the upbeat Weaver still felt there was a chance for a turnaround despite having but eight victories in his first six seasons. He would not earn more than those eight as '66 was a second consecutive winless season at 0-9-1 and one of three in Coach Weaver's seven years. A helmet change for '66 gave the 'Cats a progressive appearance as the black numerals were removed from the sides of the white shell and a large purple capital "K" with the word "State" beneath it was substituted. Keeping the one-inch center stripe in purple gave the helmet a look that immediately identified it with the school and Weaver added two-and-a-half inch rounded purple identifying numerals in the rear.  Soph RB Cornelius Davis had true All Everything potential and LB Danny Lankas was All Big Eight. Davis led the Big Eight in rushing with 1045 yards and end Dave Jones was the number two receiver in the conference. Despite these offensive stars, the Wildcats could post more than one TD in but three games. It was obvious that the .123 winning percentage posted by Weaver would not be enough for him to keep his job but he later proved to be a winning head coach at Southern Illinois and was such a successful AD at Michigan State that the indoor football facility was named for him. Hung in effigy before being released, the always positive Weaver noted that he was "glad it happened in front of the library, I've always emphasized scholarship." After the season, the beginning of "Purple Pride" would begin.

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