Down Time for the K-State Football Coaches

Head Coach Bill Snyder

July 4, 2011

By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra

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This is vacation time for the Kansas State football coaching staff. It’s a mini-window from late-June through the first week in July where the Wildcat assistants can get away for a handful of days.

That’s assistants, but not the head coach. Not this year.

“I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere,” said head coach Bill Snyder. “There’s too much to do.”

So exactly what is it that Snyder’s staff does during these summer months?

Snyder says it starts in-house where assistants are charged with “… communicating with their (position) players to make sure all in their lives is good and they’re taking care of themselves in an appropriate way.”

Then, there’s the never-ending recruiting season.

“Each coach spends time evaluating tapes of potential recruits along with staying involved with an assortment of communications through e-mails, Facebook, letters and receiving phone calls,” said Snyder, adding that coaches are not allowed to recruit off-campus during the summer.

And, there is the collection of camps ranging from Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, two one-day invitational camps for high school seniors, seven-on-seven camps (five-on-five for 8-man players), and satellite camps in Kansas City and Wichita.

Under Snyder’s system, it’s also never too early to begin preparations on the 2011 lineup of 12 Saturdays of football.

“Every coach is involved in that preparation, starting with phone calls to acquire additional information, or via a web search,” said Snyder. “Coaches (one on offense and one on defense) are assigned a particular opposing team and will track down any information they can about the teams we’ll be playing. Calls are made to a variety of people, which includes opponents of opponents.”

Snyder says it varies as to how true those summer scouting reports will stay as the year begins in September, and on to the league season in October.

“Things you perceive as a weakness can turn into a plus, and what you think might be a strength can change with an injury,” said Snyder. “Those reports are very fluid.”

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