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Kansas State coach Bill Snyder's notes of appreciation are worth their weight in gold

Win or lose on Saturday, the Kansas State coach is likely to send a note or two to Sooners who impress him.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 20, 2013
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photo - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder takes off his headset to check on an injured player during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Baylor defeated Kansas State 35-25. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder takes off his headset to check on an injured player during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Baylor defeated Kansas State 35-25. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

“I was truly impressed with you and your teammates,” Snyder wrote. “You played so very well, virtually error free and with such poise.”

Then earlier this week, a picture of another note surfaced on the Twitter account of Jace Amaro. The Texas Tech tight end received a Snyder letter after their teams played.

“You've had a great year, Jace,” Snyder wrote. “Admire how hard you play and the innate toughness you display to help your team.”

For all we know, a bunch of college football coaches write letters like Snyder does.

But I doubt it.

Snyder even sent a letter — this one typed — to K-State students earlier this season. His team had lost to Baylor and dropped to 2-4, but even during the rough start, home crowds had remained packed and rowdy.

“We greatly appreciate your continued support during this difficult time in the season,” Snyder wrote in a letter addressed to “Faithful Wildcat Students”. “Even though we have not provided you with the victories you so richly deserve, you have been (as always) loyal, caring, supportive, vocal and motivating to our players. They truly respond to your enthusiasm on game day. You're the best and we are trying to be — we will not give up. Thank you from each and every one of us.

Is it any wonder Wildcat fans adore that man?

In an era when most people consider an email to be formal — and some think a tweet or a Facebook message will suffice — there's something more special than ever about a letter. It means the writer took time to find a paper and pen, time to write a message and address an envelope, time to put the whole thing in the mail. Few people make that kind of effort nowadays.

Snyder does it every week.

“To me, it's the personal nature of it,” he said. “When I say thank you to the people that I do, it's really heartfelt.”

Yes, the 74-year-old is old school, but it's more than that. He's classy. He's gracious.

He's as good as they come.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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