Where Tradition Wins


Let's Not mince words about this. Kansas State, the No. 1 college-football team in the land, lacks some qualities that most of us have come to associate with the sport's elite.

Unlike Oregon, which has flashy uniforms and a thoroughly modern offense, or Notre Dame, which has history to burn, or Alabama, which has the best coach money can buy, the Wildcats are about as sexy as the south end of a northbound mule.

This is a prairie school derisively known as Silo Tech whose team is a collection of walk-ons, junior-college transfers and under-recruited players. Its coach, Bill Snyder, is a 73-year-old white-haired taskmaster who speaks with the sort of clipped sentences and even tone one would expect from a football coach on the prairie. "We've done all right,"...

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