Why K-State is the School I Cheer For

About 15 minutes ago, I opened my email with a question asking why I cheer for K-State since I attended the University of Oklahoma. I still cheer for OU except when they are playing KSU.

I have adopted KSU for two reasons: My two sons went to school there (daughter went to KU) and I was very, very impressed with the school and what it stands for. The other reason is Bill Snyder, the head football coach. As an article in today's Wichita Eagle explains,


Snyder is about developing players physically, yes, but he’s most interested in helping them prepare for adult life. NFL players are already past college and well into adult lives.
When Snyder was out of coaching for three years, following his retirement in 2005, he immediately became involved in a Kansas Mentors, a program developed by former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to help the state’s youth. He is still the chairman of the board.
Sappy as it sounds, Snyder coaches in part to help make a difference in the lives of young people. Yes, he’s a tactical genius when it comes to football, and the ins and outs of the game have always ignited his passions.
But it’s the players and their journeys that interest him most. And that’s what has kept him around college football for all of these years.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/01/02/2622481/bob-lutz-snyder-nfl-never-wouldve.html#storylink=cpy


His players dress in suits going to/from games, are well-spoken and don't trash talk. They don't change uniforms every third game. Bill is about molding men and winning football games. Exactly the way it should be.

Comments

  1. Mike,

    I can identify with your affection for K-State on so many levels. First, I'm an old K-Stater myself. Also, attaching to your your kid's school is special. My own daughter went to Virginia Tech, which is so similar to K-State: the agricultural outbuildings skirting campus, the land grant heritage, all of the beautiful limestone buildings and a grandfatherly coach who has not only built a football program the right way but has already left a legacy on the whole university.

    Anway, I'll be cheering for the Cats tonight!

    Mike Johnston

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