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Larry Rankin, former Shocker SID, dies after two year battle with cancer

Former Wichita State assistant athletic director for media relations, Larry Rankin, died Friday night after a two year battle with esophageal cancer.

Rankin, who worked for the Shockers for more than 25 years, joined WSU in 1992 as an assistant sports information director. By 1994, he took over the media relations office as sports information director. In 1998, Rankin was one of the schools assistant athletic directors.

During his time with the school, Rankin’s responsibilities in the media relations department made him oversee five NCAA Baseball Regionals, the most recent in 2002, and the 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional First and Second Rounds.