Texas coach Mack Brown said Bill Snyder is one coach he stays in contact with during the regular season because of the respect he has for Kansas State's leader.
“I've been on record saying since the day he left Iowa to come to Kansas State he's been the best coach in America,” Brown said. “He's built a program that traditionally couldn't win into a program that has a chance to win all the games this year and be as good as anybody in the country.
“They're very sound. They're well coached. They have creative game plans. They're tough. Give coach Snyder full credit for everything he's done. He was there before and they were really good. He left and they weren't as good. Now he's back and they're really good again. It is what it is. I think Bill is the best.”
SNYDER'S SON NEXT IN LINE?
Snyder, 73, recently was quoted in the New York Times saying he will recommend that his son, Sean, take over the program when he retires a second time.
Sean, K-State's associate head coach, played for the Wildcats his final two seasons and has been on staff since he was a part-time assistant coach in 1994.
“Sean has been in the program longer than I have,” Bill Snyder said on Monday's Big 12 teleconference. “Kansas State is a unique place. I don't think anybody understands it any better than he does. Somebody asked me a question and I answered it the best that I could.
“I want Sean to be able to do what he wants to do. But as far as understanding this program I don't think anybody has invested more and done more than he has, and understands it more than he does.”
MOUNTAINEERS ON HURRICANE WATCH
Coming off a bye week, West Virginia hosts TCU on Saturday. Coach Dana Holgorsen is confident the game will be played as scheduled despite concerns surrounding Hurricane Sandy.
“We're monitoring it. It's supposed to be blown out of here (before) Friday,” Holgorsen said. “It's probably going to affect our preparation a little bit. We're ahead of schedule right now after an off week... Whether it affects some of our outside work I don't know. That's day to day.”
Holgorsen said one concern is several players have relatives from the New Jersey, Baltimore/Washington, D.C. areas.
“We're monitoring those kids' families to make sure everything is fine,” Holgorsen said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with that part of the country, no doubt.”
JAYHAWKS STREAK REACHES 16
Kansas led Texas most of the game but the Longhorns scored with 12 seconds left to extend the Jayhawks' conference losing streak to 16 consecutive Big 12 losses.
“This is the most disappointed we've been all year,” said KU coach Charlie Weiss. “There are definitely things you can look at and say, ‘You're getting better here, here and here.' But at the end of the day it's still about winning.
“Regardless of whether you play tough, or play close, are there silver linings? Yes there are. Are there things we can grow from? Yes. But it still comes down to you've lost 100 in a row in the Big 12. You need to beat somebody to move that train in another direction.”
YOUNG TCU SHOOTING FOR BOWL BID
TCU coach Gary Patterson knew the Horned Frogs' inaugural season in the Big 12 would be a challenge due to a young roster. He hopes the Horned Frogs can qualify for a bowl to have additional practices that would enhance a rare rebuilding year.
“We knew the margin of error would be a lot smaller week to week,” Patterson said. “The biggest thing we've learned is you'd like to play with older players your first year in the Big 12. We've got to get better at what we do... I've learned with the football gods everything happens for a reason.”
BAYLOR HAS 16 TURNOVERS IN BIG 12 PLAY
Coming off a memorable season in which Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy, Baylor probably won't get to six wins needed to qualify for a bowl.
The Bears, 0-4 in conference play, have been plagued by 16 turnovers in league play.
“If I knew the answer we'd certainly stop it,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “Sometimes you get caught in a situation, trying to extend a play and get a little risky with the football. It's all situational and awareness. It's something we've got to be very cognizant of.”