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Tim Kolodziej

September 19, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Coach hits the right note with message to opponent

NEW CASTLE — “God cares more about the development of the dreamer than the realization of the dream.” — Tony Evans

Think that statement is true?

I mean, what if the goal isn’t really the goal?

You know, what if the goal isn’t just winning games?

What if the goal isn’t just to bring in millions of dollars a year and please the alums?

What if, instead, the goal is what happens to us as we pursue what we THINK is the goal.

Developing young men and women instead of just players. Developing dreamers instead of just pursuing a dream.

Sports is the perfect vehicle for that. Traits like discipline, punctuality, overcoming odds, teamwork, creativity and goal-setting have nothing to do with a scorebook or bankbook.

But we tend to forget that. I sometimes forget that. And the sports world continues to spiral out of control.

For sure, professional sports has always been about the money.

Sadly, big-time college athletics have gone that route as well.

But every once in a while, if we look hard enough, we can find a glimmer of hope. Maybe not a silver lining in a bevy of storm clouds. Maybe not even a ray of sunshine.

But every now and then, a light peeks out from the darkness to help us remember why we love the games so much.

Thank you, Bill Snyder, for the latest reminder.

After suffering through a humiliating defeat to North Dakota State (think Appalachian State beating Michigan a few years back), the long-time Kansas State coach didn’t do what lots of big-time coaches do.

No midnight practices until you puke.

No ripping apart his team in the newspaper.

No running off scholarship players.

Instead, he had some strong words for Brock Jensen, the Bison quarterback who picked apart Snyder’s Wildcats.

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