Cats enter bye week with questions

By Joel Jellison

As tough as it might have been to see Kansas State’s five-game winning streak over Texas come to an end, coach Bill Snyder apparently had a positive spin on it.

Following the Wildcats’ 31-21 loss in Austin, Texas, Snyder met Mack brown in the middle of the field and they spoke at length while the ABC cameras fixated on their conversation.

Asked what they spoke about during Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference, Brown reiterated just how close the two coaches are.

Brown said he and Snyder text each other at least once a week, and the two coaches and their spouses have gone on vacations together. Apparently Brown and Snyder have also communicated via Skype.

As for just what Snyder said to the Texas coach following the loss on Saturday, Brown said Snyder told him that if he “had to lose, it needed to be to a friend.”

Brown said he remarked to Snyder that he hated to beat a friend, but the embattled coach needed a win.

While Brown’s win over the Wildcats might have calmed the rumors of his immediate dismissal, things are not so cut and dry for Snyder and K-State.

Questions about the quarterback situation with Daniel Sams and Jake Waters still linger, even though Waters played the entire second half and had chances to bring the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) back in the game.

Some of that discussion is fueled by Snyder, of course, and his comments indicating Sams should be more involved in the gameplan.

Snyder admits — as his team goes into the first of two bye weeks this season —the Wildcats are still searching for their identity offensively. And that centers around the quarterback.

“We haven’t totally made a dramatic distinction in regards to exactly how we’ll do it,” Snyder said. “We have an idea of how we want to do it but game conditions sometimes, virtually always, alter that.

“Both of them are very capable young guys. Both of them have the capacity to guide our football team and both of them deserve to be on the field, while being able to define exactly how to do it without being too tendency-prone as it relates to how the defense defines what we’re doing.”

The Wildcats looked predictable at times against the Longhorns, especially in the first half when Sams came in for two straight runs, and Waters replaced him on third-and-long situations.

By the time the second half began in Austin, and the Wildcats were down 24-7, Snyder said the game dictated Waters taking the snaps the rest of the way.

“Everybody knows what we want to do,” he said. “The important and significant components of that are within the structure of our program and our players know what we want to do. The defenses have a lot to do with that and they kind of direct what is taking place.

“The first half of the ballgame we utilized both quarterbacks very much in the way we wanted and in the second half we fell behind and it put us in a situation that in order to catch up we had to throw the ball rather consistently and consequently that’s the direction we went.”

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