It'll be just like old times for Snyder and his former staffers
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Big 12's annual coaches meeting begins Wednesday in Phoenix along with the annual Fiesta Frolic.
It will provide the group with the opportunity to meet in a relaxed setting -- likely on a golf course with a few cold beverages thrown in for good measure -- as they discuss how competitive the conference has become and should be again this season.
They'll talk about a recommendation on the Big 12's tiebreaker rule, although Mack Brown isn't expected to lead the talk.
One item that will be interesting will be the return of Kansas State coach Bill Snyder to another league meeting. He'll be able to renew acquaintances with several coaches who have a direct link to his storied coaching tenure.
Six of the 11 other Big 12 coaches can count their link to Snyder in their respective careers. Here's a look at them.
- Baylor coach Art Briles -- A third-degree descendant on Snyder's coaching tree. Briles worked for Mike Leach, who worked for Bob Stoops, who worked for Snyder.
- Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads -- While not directly linked to Snyder, he still has a close association with him through his coaching mentor Dan McCarney. Snyder and McCarney were staff members on Hayden Fry's staff at Iowa for many years before Snyder took the Kansas State job.
- Kansas coach Mark Mangino -- Worked as an assistant for Snyder from 1991-98.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini -- Although their meeting after KSU's blowout victory over Nebraska in 2003 remains celebrated in Pelini's development as a coach, the two share an association. Pelini worked for one season as an assistant under Stoops, who worked under Snyder.
- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops -- Worked on Snyder's staff as an assistant from 1989-95, including 1991-95 as a co-defensive coordinator. Earlier, Stoops and Snyder worked as assistants on Fry's staff from 1983-87.
- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach -- A second-degree descendant on Snyder's coaching tree after working under Stoops, who worked under Snyder.
Stoops is confident that Snyder's methods still will work as he resumes his coaching career after a three-season sabbatical.
"I was with coach Snyder a long time at Iowa and at Kansas State," Stoops said. "And, of course, he has proven methods in how he does things. I feel strongly he'll continue to make strides and improve and do well there.
"He always has."