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With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

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Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

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3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

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Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

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North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Strong connection between player and coach

Published on -10/1/2012, 10:25 AM

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By ARNE GREEN

Special to The Hays Daily News

MANHATTAN -- More than a generation separates them and it was almost pure coincidence they were thrown together.

But with Bill Snyder well into his second Kansas State football reclamation project, the Wildcats are increasingly taking on the personality not only of their old-school coach, but also of Collin Klein, his senior quarterback.

The Wildcats are 4-0 and riding high at No. 7 in the national rankings following last Saturday's 24-19 victory against Oklahoma. And that is coming on top of last year's breakthrough 10-3 season, Klein's first as a starter.

So in tune are Snyder, the 72-year-old head coach, and the 23-year-old Klein that it's hard sometimes to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.

"I hope so," said Klein, whose humble demeanor and tough on-field persona helped will the Wildcats to eight victories by seven or fewer points last year, and who clearly has established himself as the offense's leader. "That's come to my attention when people tell me that, 'Hey, he said the same thing.'

"Obviously this is my fourth year with him and I hope so. I know you all have to buy into a mentality and focus and that's what our focus is and it's paying off."

It's easy to forget Klein actually was recruited not by Snyder, but by Ron Prince, who took over during Snyder's three-year retirement from 2006-08.

In those four years since Snyder's return, the two have found a connection that has permeated the rest of the team. Throw in senior middle linebacker Arthur Brown, a Miami transfer from Wichita, and the Wildcats have steady leadership at the top and with the offense and defense.

"I'm always looking to see what coach Snyder has to say and what he's emphasizing," Brown said. "That's always my goal, to emphasize that every same thing."

That Snyder still can relate to players young enough to be his grandsons is further evidence that leadership is timeless. In fact, his grandson Tate Snyder, is a sophomore linebacker on the team and he coached both the father and uncle of wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

"I think just the common ground of the commitment that we all have made to be part of this team in whatever capacity ­-- player, coach, whatever -- probably is the biggest unifying factor from the standpoint of we all want the same thing," Klein said. "Coach wants us to be the best that we can possibly be individually, the best that we can possibly be collectively as a team and we all want that, too. I don't think you need any more than that, but he really does care for you."

The biggest difference Snyder sees from when he arrived at K-State, other than the current trend of faster-paced offenses, is with society as a whole.

"I don't know that I've changed a good deal, other than what age does to you," said Snyder, who will celebrate his 73rd birthday next Sunday, the day after the Wildcats play host to rival Kansas. "I think society has changed a great deal and well all recognize that.

"And our children are a product of today's society, so consequently, yes, they've changed. But when I say they've changed, that's kind of an all-encompassing statement (because) everybody has."

There are, of course, exceptions.

"Collin Klein, for instance, might be considered a throw-back," Snyder said. "His value system has not changed and it's been a value system that was in place 20 years ago.

"We have a lot of young people like that and it's not just isolated with Collin. We have a lot of young guys that really have a very intact value system that might be a little antagonistic to today's society, collectively overall, and not necessarily in a bad way."

Klein, who was home schooled but played for the local high school team in Loveland, Colo., makes no attempt to hide his faith and has gained the respect of his teammates for being genuine.

"He's just one of those young guys that is committed to doing things the right way," Snyder said. "He's a bright young guy and consequently has a good understanding of the mental and emotional approach that is necessary.

"He serves in a leadership role that is vocal, addresses the appropriate things and does it in such a way that his teammates receive it well. That's kind of a unique talent to have."

Therein lies the common thread.

"I don't hear Collin talk often, but I can imagine Collin being repetitious in the way coach Snyder is and emphasizing a lot of things Coach emphasizes," Brown said when asked if they sound the alike. "(Klein) is definitely a great leader and I know he's learned a lot from Coach as well."

Klein said his leadership style has evolved over time, but that being the starting quarterback has forced him to be more vocal and encouraging.

"This is something that I've understood more, that to be a leader you don't have to be perfect but you do have to be truly caring and understanding," he said. "If there was a written formula for good leadership, someone would be making a lot of money because everybody would be using it.

"You have to be yourself."

That, Klein has learned over the past four years, is a key to Snyder's success.

"He is so consistent in everything," Klein said. "Our practices are exactly the same, our travel schedules are exactly the same.

"Consequences for not doing certain things are exactly the same."

Then he pauses and laughs.

"He lives it, he doesn't just preach it."

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