Commitment: to common goals and to being successful.
To say that Bill Snyder’s reign as the most celebrated college football coach in Manhattan, Kansas is coming to an end would be ridiculous. Commitment to common goals and being successful is the first goal of sixteen in Snyder’s “16 Goals for Success” that he made the players revisit after a rough loss to Texas Tech. The Kansas State Wildcats currently sit at the same conference play record as one of the worst teams in college football, the Kansas Jayhawks.
Snyder’s tenure at Kansas State isn’t just because of his age or his legacy there at Kansas State University. Snyder’s tenure is because consistently each year, he produces winning teams with little to no established talent and makes them look great doing so.
Unselfishness: there is no ‘I’ in TEAM.
There may not be an “I” in TEAM, but there certainly is “TAME” which seems to be what the Kansas State Wildcats seem to be this year. “Tamecats” would be a much better way of describing this team on either side of the ball. The players showing heart week after week would be a sign of comprehension of Snyder’s goals, but sadly they fall short of that as well.
Unity: come together as never before.
This means like, win a game? I think that would be pretty #neat at this point. Not only are they winless in conference play but they will not be making a bowl game for the first time since I can remember. I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed in a team, and when I said I would be happy for them going 7-5… I would have been. Instead they face going 3-9, a record previously reserved for Iowa State and Kansas teams.
Improve: every day as a player, person and student.
Is this happening on a daily basis? Who knows. The only people that can really tell would be the personnel surrounding this team. Instead, we have questions about commitment and dedication to football. At least we aren’t in the news for arrests and sexual assaults? That is really the only upside to this season, so please don’t let us down, Wildcats!
Be Tough: mentally and physically.
This goes without saying, the team cannot win because of the play calling and the issues on coaching staff. The only thing they CAN do is be tougher than the criticism and tougher than the other guys on the other side of the ball. Preparing for someone to be more talented than you is easy when you are in the best shape of your life and truly mentally and physically prepared for the game. And really, this is the only hope at beating a team this year. Not only do we have some of the worst play calling in the history of Kansas State football, there is NO change coming from the staff. To see a team crumble from the inside out is torture for Bill Snyder, but he has to realize where the crumbling pieces are on his coaching staff and remove them in order to preserve all that he has done at this school.
Self-Discipline: do it right, don’t accept less.
Would this apply to trying to force our team to pass when clearly there is no sign of this team being able to move the ball downfield in the air? Would this apply to people in the stands being able to see the flaws in this team but the coordinators refusing to make changes that we so desperately need? Where does this goal fit in with the team we’ve seen week after week beat themselves? I clearly have so many questions that will go unanswered, but the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results… so why does the coaching staff of one of the most consistently prominent teams in America feel the need to run the same plays that the opponent has studied all week and expects? The same three plays seem to do nothing but get us knocked around and go a quick three & out, so WHY?! Alright, I’ll stop with the questions there, but self-discipline needs to show up not only in the players but the coaching staff. Do your job. Do it right, don’t accept less.
The Kansas State Wildcats/Tamecats host Iowa State in Manhattan, Kansas this year and instead of looking forward to the game like so many others… I will be bracing for impact of Iowa State potentially clobbering the team I love so much. Please Coach, don’t exit this team on a note of defeat and sadness. 2016’s team looks brighter than ever and with the help of firing your stuck in the mud coaches, we can be great again.