EXCLUSIVE: Bill Snyder Interview

AN INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE with Bill Snyder, We Got It! One by one, Bill Snyder is forming his 2009 Kansas State football coach. From his first staff in 1989, times have changed, and the task is harder. This is a look inside the staff HCBS is putting together and the players who may or may not put off the NFL. READ MORE HERE!

Bill Snyder said between himself, Joan Friederich (football secretary) and Sean Snyder (Director of Football Operations), "We've received tons of calls. Between us, it looks like a New York City phone directory."

At this point, Snyder has formally announced four coaches - co-defensive coordinator/linebackers Chris Cosh (from Maryland), defensive ends coach Joe Bob Clements (from Kansas), co-defensive coordinator/secondary Vic Koenning (Clemson), and special teams coach Jeff Rodgers (from last year's KSU staff).

The rest, Snyder says, will likely come in the next 10 days.

The reasons for the delays are multiple. Some have just completed the regular season, others have bowl game considerations, and others are trying to disengage themselves from schools. Snyder added, "Premature information can be very harmful to this process. We're trying to move as rapidly as we can, but it's a process very different than 20 years ago when I put together my first staff."

It was then that Snyder said he formulated a list of 15 to 20 people that he knew, or knew of, and had a semi-pecking order at every coaching position.

"I just started at the top of each list, and was lucky enough to get a majority of my number one choices," he said.

At the time, that first K-State staff in 1989 was not a head-turner. Some would say it even had a touch of "Futility U" feel to it:
* Del Miller, offensive coordinator, Iowa
* Bob Stoops, secondary coach, from Kent State
* Nick Quartaro, tight ends, from Drake
* Tom Grogan, quarterbacks, from human resources department of the Black and Veatch Architecture firm in Kansas City
* Bob Cope, defensive coordinator/linebackers, just fired from Pacific
* Charlie Coe, running backs, from Missouri
* John Latina, offensive line, from Temple
* Mike Nelson, defensive line, from San Diego State
* Kevin Ramsey, linebackers, from previous KSU staff

That staff was put together with "around 15" phone calls, and in just a couple days.

"Today, it's not that way," Snyder said. "Assistant coaches have somewhat complex contracts, and it takes time to disengage from one program and go to another."

Plus, the Wildcat coach said, "The hard part is that you can't hire everybody. There's a limitation as to the number you can hire, but there are three or four at every position that you would love to have."

Snyder says he gives extra weight to individuals who can "... work well within the system, care about the program and the young people who participate in it."

Other than that, he wants "... good men, men who genuinely care about young people. Men who are excellent leaders and demonstrate the capacity to work as a team. And, I want men who have a good working knowledge of football itself and who can be good teachers when it comes to fundamentals and technique.

"If you have good, good teachers, you can feel assured that your players are going to fall in line with that concept of improving every day, which only comes through proper fundamentals."

Snyder has $1.7 million to disperse among his coaching staff, which is $400,000 more than former coach Ron Prince had to operate with in 2008.

To each coach, Snyder will tell them that they are being "grossly over paid," and that includes himself with a $1.85 million package.

"Coaches are tremendously over paid," Snyder said. "It's because the game has lost some of what it was intended to be. It's taken on a business environment and we've lost the concept of truly developing young people to become productive citizens. The business we're in shouldn't be a business, but it is."

Snyder admits that it's an opinion that can be debated, but he stands firm in saying, "We've lost the concept of what education is about. Sooner or later, that will create problems. But it is what it is, but it's just not what I am going to promote."

Snyder said some coaches will be offered multi-year contracts, while others will be hired on a year-to-year basis.

"You try to design a contract to fit the individual. You want to do everything you can for your coaches, but you have to be careful that you don't hamstring your athletics department," Snyder said. "A fine line exists between accommodating the needs of your coaches, but at the same time understanding the financial needs of the University."

To date, Clements and Cosh were past members of Snyder's coaching staff. Familiarity, he admits, was part of the formula to assembling a staff.

Also a consideration is finding coaches who have a base in certain recruiting areas.

In far more years than not, K-State had a strong "Lone Star State" flavor to it. This year there were only three players actually recruited from the state of Texas, who were starters - Eric Childs, Brock Unruh and Courtney Herndon.

"Finding coaches familiar to certain areas is significant, but that doesn't mean we're not going to place two or three coaches in areas where they have limited recruiting experience," Snyder said.

"But sure, you'd like to have guys who have been around coaches, and have contacts and friends."

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