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.
“But we will definitely shake things up on the offensive side of the ball,” he continued. “Especially in regards to our pass game. The quarterback reps will change and I would anticipate some starting lineup changes with the receivers, as well.”
TCU COACH IMPRESSED WITH TEXAS TECH QB
Through two games, Baker Mayfield has earned the respect of coaches and players across the country, even if the true freshman walk-on quarterback hasn't officially earned a scholarship.
“We liked him. He came to our camp,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said of Mayfield. “For whatever reason, we didn't offer him (a scholarship). Obviously we're not very smart. We also didn't offer Johnny Manziel.”
This week, Patterson will get an up close look at what he's missing, as his Horned Frogs head to Lubbock for a nationally televised Thursday night game against Mayfield's Texas Tech team.
“Baker's done an unbelievable job his first two ballgames. I think he's a winner,” Patterson said. “We got our hands full this week.”
Through two games, Mayfield has thrown for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions against SMU and Stephen F. Austin. But this TCU defense will provide his biggest test to date.
*Art Briles on the bye week and if he's worried it will stunt the momentum of his Baylor offense, which has put up a combined 139 points and 1,473 yards the first two weeks: “It is what it is. We got an open date, we deal with it. We got some guys who are banged up who it will help, get a little time off this week, but on the flip side, we have been pretty effective when we stepped out on the field, so you'd like to continue that streak.”
*Charlie Weis on quarterback Jake Heaps, who went 10-of-20 for 110 yards and a touchdown in his Jayhawk debut: “I thought he handled what we asked him pretty well, except for one deep ball up the right sideline that he overthrew. I think he threw the ball pretty well.”
*Bob Stoops on his defense: “We're probably faster at every position (than we were last year).”