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Tim Kolodziej

September 19, 2013

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


NEW CASTLE — “Congratulations, Brock. I was truly impressed with you and your teammates. You played so very well, virtually error free and with such poise. I wish you a great year and hope you achieve all you desire. Please share my thoughts with your teammates.”

— Warm regards,

Bill Snyder


And I’m not talking about the final score.

A note of congratulations ... from an opposing coach.


Hand-written on Kansas State letterhead ... in a Twitter and Facebook world.


Grace and class ... in a Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith universe.

You’re kidding, right?

Yep, in a culture that celebrates the Lane Kiffins and the Johnny Footballs, there’s still Bill Snyder, sending his regards to the opposing quarterback after perhaps the worst loss of his career.

Call me crazy, but I think Snyder still believes there’s more to sports than winning ball games — though he wins a lot.

Call me nuts, but I think he still believes there’s more to sports than developing players — though he’s sent quite a few stars to the NFL.

At the ripe old age of 75, Snyder has reintroduced a fresh idea into the crazy world of big-time sports — mentoring young men and women.

Just don’t expect it to catch on like the spread offense.

Even though it makes perfect sense, there’s no guarantee it will make any dollars.


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