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Kansas State coach Bill Snyder sends apologetic letter to students in wake of 55-0 blowout vs. OU

Here’s the emailed letter students at K-State received from football coach Bill Snyder Monday afternoon.
Here’s the emailed letter students at K-State received from football coach Bill Snyder Monday afternoon.

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder wrote a letter to students Monday apologizing for the way the Wildcats performed during a 55-0 loss to Oklahoma over the weekend. It was the worst home shutout loss in school history.

Shortly after Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 55-0 on Saturday, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said he felt embarrassed and took full blame for the outcome.

He didn’t feel any better Monday.

Snyder wrote a letter to K-State students Monday afternoon apologizing for the way his team performed against Oklahoma. The Sooners dominated the Wildcats in all phases, outgaining them 568 yards to 110.

The letter was sent via e-mail by the K-State athletics department. It read:

“First, let me thank you for caring so very much about our football family of which you are a tremendous part. And, please accept my apology for the manner in which we represented you on Saturday. I know you are pained by the outcome, as I am. I hope that you will appreciate our players for never giving up even in the face of such adversity and the loss of so many of their teammates. I am proud of them and must do a better job of preparing them than I did Saturday. Please know you are greatly appreciated and considered a major part of this football family.”

He ended the note by writing: “Thank you for caring, Bill Snyder.”

Snyder has written similar letters to students through the years. In his first year out of retirement, 2009, he was so displeased by his team’s play in a 21-17 victory against Massachusetts that he wrote an apologetic letter afterward.

He hopes this letter can help set an example for K-State players as they attempt to bounce back from three straight losses.

“If I can’t present the right attitude and approach, then I can’t expect the players to,” Snyder said Monday during the Big 12’s weekly teleconference. “It’s a dramatic disappointment, but we all have to fight back.”

K-State didn’t practice Sunday, but Snyder was optimistic that his players would bring an upbeat attitude when they met for a late practice Monday.

“You have no option,” Snyder said. “I think they will respond very positively. They are good young guys, and they care. They care about each other and they care about their program. If you care enough, you’ll do what you have to do to make positive things happen. I believe in them in that respect.

The Wildcats will try to turn things around on Saturday at Texas.

It should be an evenly matched game. Both teams have appeared hapless at times but exceeded expectations at others.

“Teams are always going to bounce back,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. “When you have an outstanding coach like coach Snyder, that’s not going to happen twice in a row.”