Sometime next week, the letter will arrive in Norman.
The words scrawled in purple felt-tip pen on Kansas State football stationery will be sent to Gabe Ikard. Or Sterling Shepard. Or Aaron Colvin. Or some other Sooner. Someone who's part of the Oklahoma football program will receive a message from Manhattan.
A message from Bill Snyder.
No one is better than the Wildcat coach. Usually, a proclamation like that is a nod to his football acumen. He raised K-State from the depths, then retired, then came back and did it again.
This season is just the latest chapter in his Manhattan Miracle. Despite losing to North Dakota State in the opener and starting the season 2-4, the Wildcats have risen from the ashes, won their last four games and are favored to beat the Sooners on Saturday.
But win or lose, Snyder is still likely to send a note or two to Sooners who impress him.
“I appreciate opponents that prepare well and play well and show quality principles and values,” Snyder said. “The letters that I've sent to players over the years — and coaches for that matter — it's just sharing my appreciation for what they do and how they prepared and how they played.
“Just recognizing what they do.”
The tone in Snyder's voice suggests that he doesn't see this sort of thing as anything special.
And maybe it shouldn't it.
But we all know that it is. Saying thank you is something we don't do enough, and saying it in a handwritten letter? Well, we're too busy for that.
And it's not like Snyder isn't busy. The man has to figure out a way to slow down the likes of Baylor and Oklahoma State while beating the recruiting bushes for the next Collin Klein while keeping a bunch of college guys in line.
Still, writing letters is important enough to him that he makes time to do it.
“It's something that I've always done,” Snyder said.
Sudden thought. Snyder has been at Kansas State for 22 years and he says he writes someone after virtually every game. Wonder how many letters he's written over the years.
Has to be hundreds.
But the college football world wasn't always aware of it. Social media pulled back the curtain earlier this season. North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen got one of Snyder's handwritten notes after the Bisons upended the Wildcats, and a picture of it spread like wildfire around the Internet.
“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.
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