The Norman Transcript


October 28, 2009

Notebook: Stoops, Snyder have long history

For the sixth time, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will face his former boss and mentor, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, Saturday.

Stoops spent seven seasons as a defensive assistant on Snyder's staff at Kansas State from 1989-95. The Sooner coach was also a graduate/volunteer assistant at Iowa from 1983-87 while Snyder was an assistant there.

"Coach Snyder gave me a break and gave me a full-time job at Kansas State when he came into the program," Stoops said Tuesday, during his weekly news conference.

Stoops still talks about being part of Kansas State's turnaround in the early 1990s and that it includes some of his best experiences in college football. Some of the lessons learned there, Stoops said, still inform his coaching today.

"Just that experience and Coach Snyder's determination and influence on details and not making excuses but saying 'How are we going to change it?' Just being a part of that process for seven years, it really grows you as a coach and you find out ways of how you can do things differently," Stoops said of his time under Snyder. "I don't know how to quantify how much, but he certainly has (been) a major influence."

How to gain

OU safety Jonathan Nelson, who had nine tackles against Kansas, has played extensively the last two weeks. One reason is the junior was finally able to put on weight. He's put on 15 pounds since summer workouts and has been able to maintain his new size.

"I was pounding shakes before and after workouts, and Smitty (OU director of sports enhancement Jerry Schmidt) had me eating about four peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before I went to sleep and when I woke up Smitty actually had sandwiches in his refrigerator that I would eat right after a workout, so I was basically just stuffing myself, not being able to move throughout the day," Nelson said.

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