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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Snyder turning into an internet-savvy technophile

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

IRVING, Texas -- Bill Snyder will be the first to tell you he's a "hard copy" guy.

So it's a little surprising that the veteran Kansas State coach has embraced all of the technological challenges that have come to football in the last several seasons.

"You know, I get up early every morning and get this BlackBerry thing out and it's got all the recruiting services and they all have a long story on every youngster that is above the age of 4 in this nation," Snyder said. "It tells you what he haed for breakfast and what position he plays and who's recruiting him and so on."

But Snyder has embraced other elements of text messaging and sending e-mails. Before, he barely said he knew how to operate a cellular telephone.

On Christmas Day, Snyder sent a mass e-mail to the parents of every player in his program, wishing them a Merry Christmas. On the following day, he sent another e-mail to every Kansas State faculty member and Kansas State student.

"I'm very proud of that," Snyder said, chuckling. "We may lose a hundred ballgames, but at least I can e-mail."

But as much as Snyder might have embraced technology, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said he's not particularly technologically adept.

Leach claimed Wednesday he's never sent an e-mail and also doused the authenticity of supposed Twitter and Facebook accounts that may have had his name attached to them.

"They said I had a Twitter site, but you can imagine the chances of me messing with that," Leach said. "Any of the Facebook, My Space, Twitter, if they are on there, I have nothing to do with it.