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What Do We Know About Wichita State?

Wichita State is moving to the American Athletic Conference, joining UConn in all sports except football, which the Shockers stopped playing in 1986. Some facts about the Kansas school:

The School

Wichita State University is a public research university in Wichita, Kan. It is the third-largest university governed by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Early days: It opened in 1886 as a private Congregational prep school, founded by The Rev. Joseph Homer Parker. It was first called "Young Ladies College" then "Congregational Female College."

What does the nickname Shockers mean? According to the website, a football manager coined Shockers in 1904 because a lot of the players harvested (or "shocked") wheat in the summer. A "shocker" is one who harvests wheat.

Enrollment: 14,474 students for the fall of 2016.

Men's Basketball Team

Coach: Gregg Marshall, 54, just finished 10th season. Before that, spent nine seasons at Winthrop.

2016-17 record: 31-5

CBS's early ranking for next season: No. 5

Notable players expected to return: Markis McDuffie, Landry Shamet, Darral Willis, Shaquille Morris, Conner Frankamp, Zach Brown, Rashard Kelly, Rauno Nurger, Daishon Smith, Austin Reaves

Notable newcomers: Asbjorn Midtgaard, Samajae Jones

Women's Baseball Team

Coach: Keitha Adams was introduced in late March after 16 years at UTEP; Linda Hargrove, 67, returned to coach the team on Jan. 22 of this year on an interim basis.

2016-17 record: 15-16

Not ranked for next season

Notable players expected to return: Rangie Bessard, Angiee Tompkins, Keke Thompson

Famous Alumni

Football coach Bill Parcells; NBA player Xavier McDaniel; former Red Sox catcher Doug Marabelli; Oscar-nominated actress Shirley Knight; playwright, poet Michael McClure; Garmin founder Gary Burrell; Pizza Hut co-founders Dan and Frank Carney.

Some Songs With Wichita Involved

Wichita Lineman: Recorded by Glen Campbell in 1968; REM in 1996

Seven Nation Army: Record by White Stripes with Wichita reference

Wichita Jail: Charlie Daniels

Wichita: Gillian Welch

Wichita Blues (Going To Louisiana): Bob Dylan

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