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Former Kansas State Football Coach Jim Dickey Has Died

General view of Kansas State football's Wagner Field.

30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /Allsport

A former Kansas State head football coach has reportedly died. He was 84.

Jim Dickey, who led the Wildcats' program for almost 10 seasons, passed away on Sunday. He was reportedly living at an assisted living facility in Houston.

The former Kansas State head coach lead the program to its first-ever bowl game. The Wildcats went 6-5-1 and earned a berth into the Independence Bowl, the first postseason appearance in school history. KSU lost to Wisconsin, 14-3.

Dickey was the Big 8's Coach of the Year that season.

The Mercury has more details on his career:

K-State's head coach from 1978 to 1985, Dickey took over a program that went winless in Big 8 play three consecutive seasons prior to his arrival. Immediately after taking the job, the Wildcats were stripped of 22 scholarships by the Big 8 because of violations committed by the staff of his predecessor, Ellis Rainsberger.

That led him to a enact a full-scale redshirt program to help players mature and learn the playbook, taking a page from Nebraska's highly successful approach. Dickey's twist was to redshirt several upperclassmen.

Dickey played quarterback at Houston for one season. He began his coaching career with the Cougars and also spent time at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Florida.

Rest in peace, Jim.