Big 12 notebook: Bill Snyder sends handwritten note to North Dakota State quarterback

Snyder: “I do it after virtually every ballgame to young people who I thought played well against us or to coaches for their preparation.”
by Anthony Slater Published: September 9, 2013
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photo - Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder studies the North Dakota State Buffalos prior to the opening kick off of Fan NCAA college football  game in Manhattan, Kan.,  Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.  North Dakota State upset Kansas State 24-21.  (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal)
Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder studies the North Dakota State Buffalos prior to the opening kick off of Fan NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. North Dakota State upset Kansas State 24-21. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal)

After Kansas State was upset at home by FCS power North Dakota State on opening weekend, Bill Snyder was understandably disappointed in his team.

But the 73-year-old coach, always known for his class, still took the time to congratulate the team, and player, who beat him. And not just in your typical postgame handshake kind of way.

Snyder, it was revealed through Twitter earlier this week, sent NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen a handwritten letter days after the upset.

It read: “Congratulations Brock, I was truly impressed with you & your teammates. You played so very well, virtually error free & with such poise.  I wish you a great year & hope you achieve all you desire.  Please share my thoughts w/your teammates. Warm Regards, Bill Snyder.”

It was a cool gesture by Snyder that, apparently, wasn't lost on Jensen or the NDSU staff, who posted a picture of it on Twitter.

When asked about the letter during Monday's Big 12 teleconference, Snyder, in typical fashion, brushed it off.

“I do it after virtually every ballgame to young people who I thought played well against us or to coaches for their preparation,”

Snyder explained. “It's a congratulatory note and wishing them well.”

PEEVED HOLGORSEN CONTEMPLATING QUARTERBACK CHANGE

Dana Holgorsen wasn't one to mask his emotions during Saturday's game against OU, stomping up the sideline all night, barking at starting quarterback Paul Millard throughout the Mountaineers anemic offensive performance.

And during Monday's Big 12 teleconference, those feelings hadn't subsided much. The fiery West Virginia coach was candid in his disappointment, before announcing that Millard was now in an open competition with backup Clint Trickett.

“We'll shake that up a good bit,” Holgorsen said of the quarterback rotation. “Felt good about it a week ago, heading into a hostile environment where communication is awfully hard. And it was. Give OU credit for that.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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