October 10, 2006

Taylor family has unique memories of Manhattan

During Tuesday's weekly press conference one of the main topics of discussion with Nebraska's players and coaches was about how the Huskers haven't won a game in Manhattan since 1996.

When quarterback Zac Taylor was asked to talk abut his past knowledge of the Nebraska vs. Kansas State series, the senior from Norman, Okla. had different memories of Manhattan.

Taylor's father Sherwood Taylor was the defensive backs coach at Kansas State during the 1984 and 1985 seasons under Jim Dickey. Zac Taylor spent the early years of his life living in Manhattan and attending Kansas State games to watch his father coach.

"I remember sitting on that hill when I was a little kid with about 15 other people in the early 80's," Taylor joked.

At that time KSU was considered one of the worst programs in college football and Sherwood Taylor said things didn't really improve until the University put a commitment towards football when Bill Snyder took over in 1989.

From 1955 to 1990 Kansas State only experienced two winning seasons and one bowl game.

"They had absolutely no facilities," Taylor said. "It was probably the worst place I'd ever been to in terms of facilities. It was really difficult to even get kids to come in and even take a visit. We went to Texas and recruited a bunch of kids out of Texas and actually had some success. It was just hard to overcome. It was difficult for me to understand, because they just weren't used to winning. They didn't have the money to spend to have great facilities.

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