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August 2000

August 2000


The Man Of Steel

Western Michigan\'s Gary Darnell has forged the broncos into a team on the rise
by: Jeff Case
© August 2000

Back then, Gary Darnell couldn't help but feel like Superman. Darnell, then Kansas State' defensive coordinator, had just helped fly K-State to a new plateau in football success.

Darnell's the current coach of the Western Michigan University Broncos, who in just three seasons at WMU has put together three-straight winning seasons, compiled a 22-12 record and guided the Broncos to a Western Division title in the Mid-American Conference and the MAC championship game. He's seen attendance increase almost three-fold, and directed the renovation of the football facilities to the top of the MAC . But it was a fast start at Kansas State as a young coach that had Darnell thinking he was immune to a let down.

In 1982, the Kansas State Wildcats earned their first bowl game berth in 86 years. Although K-State lost to Wisconsin 14-3....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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