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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.
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."