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Haskell searching for new grid coach

November 22, 2001

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Kansas University isn't the only four-year school in Lawrence looking for a new head football coach.

Haskell Indian Nations University will form a search committee soon to find a successor to Graham Snelding who resigned after just one season as the Fightin' Indians' head coach.

"Due to the fact we're federal we won't move quite as fast as KU," said HINU interim athletics director Phil Homeratha, whose school operates under the auspices of the U.S. Government's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Snelding, who went 0-11 in his only season at the helm, resigned effective Nov. 30 and will go to work as a park ranger with the Kaw tribe in the Ponca City, Okla., area.

"This is really a good professional advancement for him," Homeratha said. "I've known Graham since he was a linebacker for us, and this is good for his family. I fully supported him. Financially, it will be far better."

Snelding and his wife Mari have three children.

Haskell's football program has long been underfunded and is more so now that the university has evolved from a junior college into a four-year school affiliated with the NAIA.

"We've got to take a look at the whole situation," Homeratha said. "We're going to check our resources and see what we can do. One thing we need to do it cut back on our schedule and the number of road trips."

Haskell's football team made seven bus trips this season, including journeys to North Dakota and Texas, last season. The Indians had only four home games.

Homeratha said Rich Brewer, a long-time assistant coach will be in charge of the program until a new head coach is hired. Brewer won't be a candidate for the head job because he doesn't have a qualifying degree, Homeratha said.

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