Snyder on Teleconference

The Big 12 Conference hosted a football teleconference on Tuesday with some coaches wrapping up their spring season, and others, like Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, giving a mid-camp update.

Simple question: Coach, are you where you want it to be?

"I can't see there from here. We're a long way from where I would like for us to be," said the Wildcat coach. "We're trying to get young people to accept some responsibility to do the things we need them to do. We want them to be able to practice with the same intensity that our coaches have. We're trying to put all the pieces to the puzzle together.

"We've got a long way to go," Snyder said. "It's just going to take some time, but we knew that when we opened the door."

Snyder said that there were concerns in "every facet" of the program. The most significant of those, he said, was implementing a "set of intensic values" where everyone is on the same page in terms of responsibility and work habits.

"That takes a little bit of time," he said. "We've made some headway in that respect, but we're not close to where we need to be." With every staff change Snyder said there is "transition to get accustomed to," which includes the total operation of the program in terms of how coaches and players interact, to a franchise-wide trust factor.

Some are areas where Snyder said are "on the fringe of the football field that truly take time to develop."

On the field, Snyder said, "Can we be better?

Certainly we can. Our deficiencies are very recognizable. This isn't going to happen over night."

Snyder said it now appears that Josh Freeman made the correct decision on passing on his senior Wildcat season to enter this weekend's 2009 NFL Draft.

While saying there are "several schools of thought," Snyder said he talked with Freeman Monday and was told that the former Wildcat quarterback would likely go somewhere between the 10th and 20th pick.

"That would indicate that he has helped himself in workouts and testing," Snyder said.

Snyder will turn 70 years of age in October, but says he's not slowing down.

"I find myself probably putting in a little bit more time than I might have in previous years, if that's possible," Snyder said. "I haven't made any particular concession in terms of effort, work habits and focus.

In terms of family, I will make whatever concessions necessary in terms of relationships with children and grandchildren. I've been able to manage that fairly well in the past two months."

It's been 20 years since Snyder first arrived at "Futility U." Today's KSU recruits were not born at the time, and others were only four or five years of age when the Wildcats started their 11-year bowl run.

"I think there is an awareness," Snyder said when asked about today's 18- to 20-year-old having a grasp on the Kansas State story.

"Kansas youngsters know because of their parents grew up around the program in some fashion. But it has extended into other states that we recruit where there seems to be a reasonable knowledge of the past history."

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