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Jim Mora Jr.’s first handshake with Bill Snyder following Alamo Bowl not so cordial

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder (left) and UCLA head coach Jim Mora had only a perfunctory handshake after Friday’s Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Mora turned and walked quickly away, leaving Snyder with a quizzical look on his face. UCLA won 40-35.
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder (left) and UCLA head coach Jim Mora had only a perfunctory handshake after Friday’s Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Mora turned and walked quickly away, leaving Snyder with a quizzical look on his face. UCLA won 40-35. AP

A handshake, or lack thereof, between Kansas State coach Bill Snyder and UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. caused a stir following the conclusion of the Alamo Bowl.

As the coaches met at midfield for the customary postgame greeting, Mora pulled his hand away from Snyder immediately and stormed off, leaving Snyder stunned. The two coaches later met a second time and shook again, which isn’t reflected on a Vine making the rounds on the Internet Friday night.

Mora Jr. initially was apparently upset about some late skirmishes between K-State and UCLA players in which the Wildcats fought after the whistle for a potential onside kick recovery and went for the ball as the Bruins lined up in the victory formation, intending to kneel on the ball and end the game.

“I will defend the safety of my players … forever,” Mora Jr. tweeted afterward.

He had a different tune during his news conference.

“I want to just tip my hat to Kansas State University and their football program,” Mora Jr. said. “They’re fun to play, because they play the right way. They play hard, they play physical, they play tough, they’re disciplined. They’ve got a lot of class.”

Snyder was not asked about the exchange, but his players took to social media in his support.

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