Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2003

Snyder’s snub of Big 12 media day perplexing to Nebraska’s Solich

July 24, 2003


Count Nebraska head coach Frank Solich among those perplexed by Bill Snyder's decision to bypass the Big 12 Conference football media days July 30-31 in Kansas City, Mo.

Every year, each conference team brings its head coach and two players to the host city of the Big 12 championship game. There, the coaches and players mug for cameras and mingle with reporters.

Instead of appearing in person as scheduled July 31 in Kansas City, Snyder plans to appear with two players via a video teleconference, according to Tom Gilbert, a Kansas State sports information official.

Snyder reportedly thinks he doesn't have time to make the trip because the Wildcats will be in the midst of preparations for their Aug. 23 game against California.

"We're working on a solution to make both sides happy," Gilbert said. "Some of the national (media) guys are pretty upset. If it were (Kansas University head coach) Mark Mangino, I don't think there would have been as much flak."

Solich said Snyder bypassing the event "is kind of strange."

"He's been in the conference since its inception," Solich said. "He knows the timing of when this event occurs. Everybody could use the 'I don't have time' excuse. But you plan around things you're obligated to. I don't ever want to operate like that. There ought to be some cooperation there."

Cole cut: Former Kansas linebacker Greg Cole was released Wednesday by the San Diego Chargers. Cole (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) signed with San Diego as an undrafted free agent. He led KU with 106 tackles last season and ranked third in the Big 12 with 21 tackles for loss.

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