Clint Bowen, in a K-State coaching shirt?
Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said he once talked with Bowen, Kansas’ interim football coach, about a position on the K-State staff, but Bowen turned down the offer “probably because he’s a KU guy,” Snyder said on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference on Monday.
The state rivals meet Saturday in Manhattan in a 3 p.m. kickoff.
But Snyder has offered what other Big 12 coaches have suggested over the last few weeks. He sees improvement in the Jayhawks after Bowen assumed the job after Charlie Weis was fired in September, even after last week’s 44-7 loss at Oklahoma in which Sooners running back Samaje Perine rushed for an NCAA-record 427 yards.
“You have to extract the Oklahoma ballgame, but aside from that, I think it’s obvious to most everyone you see a great deal of improvement,” Snyder said. “You see greater motivation for the players. I just think (in) all facets of the program you see enthusiasm by the coaches and players alike. Along with that is always going to come improvement, and they certainly have made that.”
Snyder said his memory of Bowen as a player for the Jayhawks in the early 1990s wasn’t clear, and that “it was probably a reflection on my memory than anything else.
“But I’ve known Clint for some time. He’s a good, good young guy and has a great passion for the game,” Snyder said. “He’s a young coach that I admire. I think he tries to do it the right way, and I always have a great appreciation for that.”
Snyder is 18-4 in his career against the Jayhawks. Three of those losses came in Snyder’s first four seasons, from 1989-92. He’s won 10 straight at home against Kansas after falling in his first game there.
Bowen was involved in two of those victories as a member of the Kansas program in 1990 and 1992.