July 23, 2012
By Mark Janssen
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Bill Snyder is wondering like the rest of us: Where did the summer go?
“It’s almost gone, yet we have so much more to accomplish,” said the Kansas State head football coach, who today will meet with the media in Dallas, Texas, at the 2012 Big 12 Football Media Day. “Every summer seems to go a little faster.”
Snyder says he ‘thinks’ the summer workouts have been a success, but with NCAA rules preventing viewing the sessions or filming the workouts, he’s going only on hear-say.
“It’s been up to our strength and conditioning coaches, our training staff and our team leaders,” said Snyder of the summer sessions.
That rule for football is totally different than the new NCAA rule put in place for men’s basketball this summer.
BIG 12 MEDIA DAY: Joining their coach in Dallas today will be quarterback Collin Klein, linebackers Arthur Brown and Tre Walker, along with safety Ty Zimmerman.
Yes, Klein, who married Shalin Spani just two days ago, will be in attendance.
“I’m going to Dallas, and then our last workout day is the 24th (Tuesday),” said Klein. “Then we’ll be off on our honeymoon.”
Fans can watch Coach Snyder’s press conference at Big 12 Media Day beginning at 11:30 a.m., on www.big12sports.com. Fans can also follow the day’s activities at www.k-statesports.com and the official athletics Twitter account, @kstatesports.
SPEAKING OF WEDDINGS: Snyder says he intended to take a summer vacation, but adds, “It just didn’t happen.”
But, there were a couple big-time events that the Wildcat coach did take advantage of, starting with the wedding of his daughter, Whitney, on July 7, at Manhattan’s First Presbyterian Church.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Snyder. “It’s been a long time since Meredith got married, so it’s hard to compare the emotions of the two, but it was a very special day.”
Like any father, Snyder added, “When you have a daughter, you don’t want any mistakes in who they choose, and she didn’t make a mistake. He’s a nice young man. He’s very genuine.”
Michah Hydeman, a Manhattan fire fighter, was Whitney’s husband of choice.
SNYDER CHUMS WITH TOBY: The social event of Snyder’s summer time was attending the Saturday night portion of the 2012 Country Stampede, which featured Toby Keith.
“Sean (Snyder) organized it and made it really easy getting in and getting out, so it was a lot of fun,” said Snyder, who was accompanied by Sean, plus friend Jim Colbert, and their wives, Sharon, Wanda and Marsha.
On hand to serve as Snyder’s semi-host was Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who made the introduction of Keith, who is a Sooner graduate and is one of OU’s biggest fans.
“We spent some time with him, and I thought his performance was excellent,” said Snyder. “He puts on a very professional show. You can tell that a lot of people invested time in putting together what they do. It’s not just standing on a stage and singing. There’s a lot of showmanship.”
CATS RANKED SIXTH: The fun times are over for the summer as the Wildcat football team will report on August 1, when preparation begins for the September 1 opener against Missouri State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
In the preseason media poll announced last week, K-State was placed No. 6 behind Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU, and ahead of Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas.
K-State did receive one of the 41 first-place votes with the others going to the Sooners (32), Mountaineers (7) and Horned Frogs (1).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Start times have been announced for the first three games of the 2012 season. K-State opens the year at 6 p.m., on September 1, against Missouri State That will be followed by an 11 a.m., start against Miami on September 8, and then another 6 p.m., kickoff against North Texas on September 15.
All three games will be played at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
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