Manhattan Although Kansas State coach Bill Snyder began his climb to the coaching elite at Iowa, he insists that Saturday's game between between his Wildcats and the Hawkeyes won't be an emotional reunion.
Snyder will be coaching against Iowa for the first time since leaving Iowa City to become Kansas State's coach in 1989.
He spent 10 years as Iowa's offensive coordinator under coach Hayden Fry and helped lead the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl victory in 1986.
Although he still respects and admires Iowa, Snyder said that his emotional attachments won't interfere with the Wildcats' plans Saturday.
"My feelings about the University of Iowa are completely separate from our preparations and the way we approach this ball game," he said. "It's an opening ball game for us against a fine program. Those entities have nothing to do with our preparation."
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz worked alongside Snyder for eight years.
"I have a definite love for Iowa," Snyder said. "I was around some tremendous people and I appreciate them and their program."
KSU kicker Jamie Rheem said the players realized how important playing Iowa was to their coach.
"We know he had been through a lot at Iowa and I remember when there were rumors a few years back that he might leave here to become their head coach," he said. "Whether he says there are any emotions attached, we just want to do it as a team and for coach."