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SLATE: Goodbye to a Kansas high school coaching legend

Before we get into the Kansas State Wildcats portion of today’s Slate, please allow your benevolent despot an indulgence.

Via personal sources, it saddens me to report that Larry Taylor passed away last night after suffering complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Who’s Larry Taylor, you ask?

Coach Taylor spent 1964-79 as the head football coach at Shawnee Mission North, and stayed at the school until 2000 as a math teacher. As a coach, Taylor was phenomenal. He took over for the 1964 season at the tender age of 24, and immediately started winning. His Indian teams won a remarkable 88% of their games during his tenure, capturing six state championships at the highest level in Kansas, won or shared seven Sunflower League titles, and generally ran roughshod over everyone for 15 years.