NORMAN, Okla. -- Contemporary Oklahoma football truly can be traced back to a program Sports Illustrated once dubbed as "Futility U."
In 1987, Kansas State went 0-10-1. In '88, 0-11. When the hapless Wildcats hired Iowa offensive coordinator Bill Snyder to be their fourth coach in five years, they had enjoyed only two winning seasons since the Eisenhower administration. The Kansas City high schools had better facilities. In some cases, better players, too.