K-State denies report of Chris Dawson heading to Washington State

Kansas State is denying a report from the Spokesman-Review that claims strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson is headed to Washington State to take a similar job.

When asked about the report, a spokesperson for the K-State football team said: “There is no truth to that.”

The report states that Dawson has been added to Washington State’s faculty directory as a “football assistant” under new coach Mike Leach. Washington State has not announced the hiring of its new strength and conditioning coach.

Dawson has played a key role in K-State’s success over the past two seasons. Since joining Bill Snyder’s staff, the Wildcats have gone 17-9 and played in two bowl games. Snyder has credited Dawson as one of the main reasons K-State turned into a strong finishing team, and was able to win so many close games on its way to the Cotton Bowl this year.

“Chris has done a wonderful job for us,” said Snyder leading up to the Cotton Bowl. “He’s the type of young person we like to have in our program. He works very hard at what he does. He brings a good deal of discipline to our program, and our youngsters have a great deal of respect for him. That’s a vital element of working with young people. He’s been super.”

UPDATE: K-State football player Ryan Mueller has taken to twitter to excitedly state that Dawson is not leaving the Wildcats. From his twitter account: CHRIS DAWSON “I’m staying at kstate and I’m excited for off season” thank you god!!!! Love this coach!!! #thanksforthecall

The original report in the Spokesman-Review has been updated and now begins with the headline: Dawson staying at K-State?