UPDATE: Strength coach in or out?

WASHINGTON STATE ON Thursday added Chris Dawson, a strength and conditioning coach from Kansas State, to the school directory under "football assistants." Cougfan.com and others reported his addition to Mike Leach's staff. But now the Wichita Eagle says Kansas State is refuting the notion that Dawson is leaving.

"There is no truth to that," the Eagle quoted a K-State spokesperson as saying in response to Dawson's seeming addition to Leach's team.

WSU has not announced the hiring of any assistant coaches, but the entire staff, minus brand new hire Mike Breske, is listed in the university's online directory.

Dawson spent the past two seasons with Kansas State as their director of strength and conditioning. He spent the previous seven seasons as the head strength coach at Kansas.

In an earlier article in the Wichita Eagle, Dawson is described as a no-nonsense, highly engaged strength coach who drilled the word "finish" into the student-athletes and earned the nickname 'Captian Insano' from one football player.

"A few months after Dawson was hired (in 2010), players began using the term right along with him," reads the article. "They reached seven wins and a Pinstripe Bowl appearance. Then, after a year under Dawson's guidance in the weight room, they came back to campus last summer stronger physically and mentally. They won 10 games, and seemed to get stronger each week. K-State was suddenly the best fourth- quarter team in the Big 12. K-State won more games (eight) by a touchdown or less than any other team this season."

Dawson's bio page at K-State says he oversaw five full-time assistant coaches, while providing daily leadership for the Wildcat football strength and conditioning program. A former linebacker at Oklahoma (1992-94), he served as an assistant strength coach for five seasons at Oklahoma, working with the Sooner football and men's basketball teams.

After a stop in Minnesota as the head strength coach (2001-02), he headed to Kansas.

During Dawson's years at Kansas, 29 players were drafted by NFL teams, including six in the first two rounds.


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