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The Power Of Positive Thinking
Douglas S. Looney
August 31, 1992
A charismatic coach and a savvy school president joined forces to resurrect Kansas State
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August 31, 1992

The Power Of Positive Thinking

A charismatic coach and a savvy school president joined forces to resurrect Kansas State

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Just as the university supports football—Wefald, for example, has all recruits come to his house for brunch on a number of winter weekends—Snyder gives back to the university. He has been to two year-end banquets for the band and has sent 70 handwritten notes to music award winners. When Jean Sonnenfield won a Truman scholarship, she received a congratulatory letter from Snyder. He sends a quarterly newsletter about the team to the faculty during the season. Donald Mrozek, chairman of the history department, says that it is important to understand "the role of sport as social glue."

And Kansas State is sticking together, for the greater good of all. Says Jack Flouer, chairman of the music department, "What we have done is put together something in which the whole is greater than the parts."

That had better be the case this fall, because the Wildcats will have new starters at all six offensive skill positions, and star running back Eric Gallon is recovering from knee surgery. Says Joe Boone, a linebacker who has completed his eligibility, "Last year wasn't a fluke, and we're just scratchin' the surface."

It looks as if he just might be right.

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